Mid-April Bagmaking Spurt

Posted: April 18, 2010 in Uncategorized
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April is my favorite month in Chico – so much life, flowers exploding out of the ground, and general buzz in the air.  When I was in school, April was a hormonal blur of festivals, music, dancing, partying.  Got a chance to sell bags at the Earth Day fest on campus yesterday, and it was still fun…

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I met Adam when he was working at the ReStore.  We are doing a work trade – he’s sewing for me, and I am doing some welding on his work truck. 

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Adam hadn’t run an industrial sewing machine before, and this one is a real rocket – sews 3,500 stitches a minute.  He kept his fingers out of it, and picked it up quickly.

 

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We whipped out a bunch of market bags.  They are a simple design – 6 straight lines of stitching + sewing on the strap (strips of fire hose) – and easy.  One person working at a comfortable speed can make 6 an hour.

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I finished a bunch of messenger bags this week – here is the first one that has a laptop sleeve in it. 

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Also, made a cellphone pocket that snaps onto the strap – for those folks that want to keep their phone close to their heart.

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New camstrap detail for the bike purses.

 

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Wad o’ product. 

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Victoria modeling our chickie tool belts.

 

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Allen bought the bike-tire hose bag. 

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Beau sporting his new hot pockets.

 

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Hot pockets. 

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Quinn got a shot of our setup.

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I turned our display rack into a bike trailer.  Hey, I’m not homeless, this is MERCHANDISE! 

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The hitch is a little janky, but Chico is flat, so we made it home.

 

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