Boom bag VS Sewing Machine | Sail Bag repair on our alloy cat | Sailing with the James’s (Ep. 75)

Boom bag VS Sewing Machine | Sail Bag repair on our alloy cat | Sailing with the James's (Ep. 75)

We are repairing the sail bag on our boom. This weeks episode is Part 2 of repairing our boom bag.

Our sail bag is in great condition and we love that we have mesh along the bottom of the bag to help with water drainage and helps prevent the sail from going mouldy, but the zipper is buggered, fraying, coming apart and needs to be replaced. We are repurposing and upcycling an old boom bag to help us do the repairs. Along with the zipper we are also taking about a foot of extra material for our bag to make it easier to close.

We found a $10 handheld sewing machine in a fabric store (Spotlight) and we are giving the machine a go at repairing the bag. We have a lot of confidence in this little machine as we have just stripped off our entire zipper and the bag is now wide open – if the machine doesnt work we are hand sewing this entire bag!

Last episode we prepped the bag, the new zipper, and extra material, now it time to sew. Are we using the machine? Will the handheld sewing machine handle the boom bag? Or are we hand sewing?

Let’s find out if this handheld sewing machine will do the job!!

We are the James Family, we purchased an unfinished aluminium catamaran and are fixing her up as we sail around the world. Come onboard our boat and join this sailing family aboard on our floating home!

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Chapter Content:
00:00 – Start
00:53 – Boom Bag Repairs
01:42 – Not Working Properly
02:55 – Broke the Machine
04:33 – Hand Sewing
09:00 – Finished! Let’s See!

ABOUT US: We are a family of three sailing around the world and sharing our adventures in family-friendly episodes every week! Sam is originally from New Zealand, Cait is originally from the United States; we met in Cairns, Australia and a few years later we married and shortly after Charlie was born! We purchased an old, unfinished, aluminum Catamaran and are fixing her up as we sail around the world. Subscribe and follow our journey!

What equipment do we use?
GoPro Hero 4 –
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Drone: DJI Mini 2 –
Samsung S21 –
Microsoft Surface Laptop –
Baby Life Jacket –
Tether –
Lifeline Netting:

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Sam, Cait, & Charlie

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