Anyone had a good experience with a tailor or whatnot?
The couple folks I tried so far were either quoting a high price or turned me away because the plastic sleeves on the side don’t come out and they said they couldn’t run something through the machine that way.
I don’t generally need that pocket per-se and could sew it shut I suppose, but I’d rather not do anything that drastic, and my waiting state, knotted wire holding plastic loops together at the corners is pretty ugly.
Irene’s Tailoring in Sqill was good when I needed a replacement zipper for a cycling shell and a zipper for a short sleeve jersey, reasonable pricing and a good job. Under new ownership, so don’t know, but I had a suit taken in by the new proprietor and he did a good job. Might want to check if he’d work on a pannier.
The guy in Oakland doesn’t seem like he’s really into doing any tailoring.
Instead of a tailor, I wonder if you don’t want a luggage repair shop. Rynns Luggage on the SouthSide (Rynn’s Luggage, 2755 E. Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203; 412.481.8862) used to have a major luggage repair operation.
Their business was driven by a contract to fix damaged luggage from the USAir hub at PIT (shows you how long ago since I’ve been there) but their expertise is what you’re looking for – sewing zippers into bags n’at. I had them sew up a custom pannier/trunkbag interface for me, probably in the late 90’s.
They had both a retail storefront and then their repair shop was in a non-descript sidestreet, I don’t remember the shop location. They really didn’t want the public at the shop, they wanted you to go to the store and drop your luggage to be repaired off.
Let me know if they’re of any use to you. It’s always good to know a place with industrial sewing machines that does bags.