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Chopsicle

Member since Sep 2007 • Last active Apr 2020
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    A much better idea than faffing with torn paper!

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    • and a final idea might be to test sandwiching the tubes between sheet of waxed paper while sewing. It will mean the mechanism can grip/move, and also get the thread through.

    When you’ve finished sewing, the paper should rip off, but might take a bit of work with tweezers to get everything out.

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    Sets of different Bernina feet (feels strange writing that instead of ‘foots’) are v affordable online, which might make other stitches easier with the whole set,

    Alternatively, you can experiment with taping a piece of smooth plastic either to the foot, or covering part of the walking mechanism underneath. I did this with a leather I was having load of problems with, and with the right setup, worked brilliantly.

    Hope this helps!

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    BLB are stocking Restrap and Condor have Mission if you you want to compare/contrast - plus Restrap have a LMNH’s film night in April;
    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/screening­-arigatou-a-cycling-film-by-restrap-tick­ets-92034853725

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    Also @Bainbridge I visited Restrap last week, have you looked at their range? Anyone got experience of using one?

    V impressive setup, products look solid

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    @bainbridge are you looking at the newer packs, or the older ones? The ones mentioned picking up cheap/in 2017, might well be the older style not available any more

    I can vouch for the older ones, although if you’re hauling heavy loads one generation of bigger version had strap durability issues

    I like my Mission Workshop, think it’s a Rambler, but as someone says, it’s a bit of a bucket ...and weirdly has three different types of opening for all the same type/depth of interiors. I’ve made these adaptions;

    -shortened the rolltop laptop sleeve to stop the laptop hitting the floor - also helps distribute mass inside the bag

    • sewn in a smaller interior pocket at top of main compartment. Will put some more detail like a slip pocket and pump loop in here when I have time. Depending on what you carry, this might not be a problem
    • Shortened straps/finished ends with elastic ...first few times I used I found I was being slapped on the backside by lengths of nylon webbing (maybe this is an attractive feature for you)
    • And I bought one of the shoulder strap pockets to keep lights in. It’s can be quite a convoluted process to open the pack via the two zips and find lights in the cavernous interior
    • Also been meaning to silence the 4 jingle-jangle zips

    Overall, it’s super comfortable, extremely well made bag. I love the variable capacity, have carried huge loads but also zips down to a relatively convenient size too. Yes, they’re expensive but they’re absolutely worth it. It’ll probably be about long after I’m gone.

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    Cheers JB - I'm hopeful in future to have these running online/digitally. Downloadable/printable patterns with instructions/video/live instructions, so anyone, anywhere can join in (for free). .....Watch this space!

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    Drop them a line to find out latest, there's definitely more coming but not sure when!

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