Last Friday I headed down the motorway to Bristol on a very hot bank holiday weekend to do the “Make Your Own Gear Workshop” with Jon from Mack Workshop. Myself and 5 other lucky people who were quick enough to get booked in met up at the amazing space of Business As Usual (you need to check this place out if you are in Bristol). I was early so I got to sample the amazing coffee served by Camber Cycling Cafe which is part of the creative space.
Once everyone had arrived, Jon started with an introduction about himself and his brand, most of which you can read in the interview I did with him here. From there we had an introduction into the sewing machines, for me this was much needed as I hadn’t used one since sewing labels into t-shirts about 20 years ago on my nan’s machine.
We then got down to business and had a chance to have a go ourselves. Firstly with some offcuts and getting to sew in straight lines (well kind of) and getting the hang of controlling the foot pedal. Then onto sewing webbing onto fabric before we were let loose onto the tool roll. Jon stepped in at each stage and showed us how everything was done and kept an eye on us. The fabric and webbing were precut to save time but the rest was up to us. As it was just a three-hour workshop it was quite basic but it was a great insight into the world of bag making and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am loving my tool roll and can’t wait to take it out on the bike with me. One day when I have time and space I would love to get a sewing machine to play about on.
This is the second workshop Jon has done like this and he said he is looking to do more and expand the ideas. Keep an eye on his Instagram for the next one, I highly recommend it. Thanks, Jon.