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Join Swift Adventure Co. for a long weekend workshop inside the Swift Industries sewing studio. Make your own full-sized frame bag, fitted specifically to your adventure-bicycle (see below for limitations on bicycles).
Start dates available : October 13-15, November 10-12, 2023 and January 12-14, February 9-11, 2024
Friday, 6pm-8pm Happy Hour Intro to Design and Patterning
Saturday, 9am to 4pm, Manual Patterning, Fundamentals of Sewing
Sunday, 9am to 4pm, Assembly
Location: 558 1st Ave South, 2nd Fl Seattle WA 98104
Class Size: 5 Students
Prerequisites: We call this an intermediate level class, what does that mean? You need to have experience making and tinkering with things. Home sewing experience is a plus, but if you craft in other ways, your gonna do alright! Understanding how things go together and how to accomplish that is the key, wether its wood, metal or leather. Also, taking on a sewing project, especially with a timeline requires some physical and mental stamina.
Not ready for our Frame Bag Making Workshop or just looking for a small project, check out our new Mussette Bag Making Workshop.
“The Swift Adventure Co. Framebag class is 100% worth it! I have a fully functional, beautiful, unique bag, so much more appreciation for what goes into all of my sewn gear, and the inspiration to make more bags in the future. Eric and Weston are amazing teachers and guided the process with empathy and skill. - Miles B.”
Swift Adventure Co.’s two-day full frame bag making workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of manual patterning, product design, and the essentials of operating an industrial sewing machine.
Your instruction will be led by Eric Wilkins, and supported with a teaching assistant. Eric is the Product Manager over at Swift Industries and he will be assisted by another member of the Swift Industries crew.
You’ll leave with the confidence to apply your skills to making your personal outdoor gear as well as with problem-solving, design thinking, and hands-on experience that can only enhance your work-life, regardless of the field you’re in.
Bicycle compatibility: Since you are making a frame bag for your own bicycle, having your bicycle at the workshop is necessary. Please note that every bicycle’s geometry is unique, and thus a frame bag is not likely to fit on multiple bicycles–prepare to use it on one bicycle.
For this introductory workshop: You will need to bicycle or bicycle frame on site. We will NOT be making bags for bicycles with frame-integrated suspension. A hard-tail (no rear suspension) bicycle with a substantial inner triangle is required. If your bicycle’s seat tube or down tube measure 8″ or less (does not apply to the head tube measurement), then the frame geometry is not ideal for a beginner workshop. Road/touring/cross/gravel bicycles and old-school mountain bikes are highly recommended.
We will be making full frame bags with zipper entry (1 per side) and hook and loop (Velcro) frame tube attachment.
Skills you’ll acquire in this workshop:
- Manual patterning
- Product design
- Operating an industrial sewing machine
- Installing zippers and frame tube attachment points
New to sewing, need to gain some more skills before jumping into our Frame Bag Making Workshop? Check out our new Mussette Bag Making Workshop.
Coming from out-of-town? Don’t hesitate to contact us about lodging recommendations and travel logistics, we’re happy to help!
- Professional Instruction
- All materials for constructing your custom bag
- Hands-on Experience
- Happy Hour beverages Friday evening
Gear/Supplies You Should Bring
- Your bicycle or frame
- Personal snacks
- Lunch Saturday & Sunday