In stock: Smart Alec, Cache for Apple Keyboard, 4Z Vertical Brain Cell

Just in from our Seattle factory and shipping within one business day:

Smart Alec in all colors, including Black/Cardinal/Steel, Black/Navy/Solar, and Black/Steel/Ultraviolet.

Cache for Apple Wireless Keyboard

Size 4Z Vertical Brain Cell (for the 15″ MacBook Pro)

Medium Cafe bag in colors Black/Steel and Steel/Cayenne (other colors will be in-stock soon.)

photomatt: Visit to the Seattle Showroom + Synapse in Conifer

“There’s no way I would have taken a vacation to Seattle and not visited Tom Bihn’s showroom. Thus, I have returned to my home in San Diego with a fantastic new addition to my bag collection.

My wife was making fun of me because here we are — taking this amazing trip to Seattle and Vancouver…and the highlight of my trip is in some warehouse in the middle of…the Industrial District? Huh? Haha…good times. But she actually enjoyed checking out all the cool gear as well, and I think she has a better understanding of why I visit the TB site and forum daily in anticipation of new product announcements.”

Read the full post by photomatt — with an additional photo — in the TOM BIHN Forums.

New machines for the Seattle factory

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

New machines for the Seattle factory

Remember, we’re closed Monday but back at work Tuesday. Have a good weekend! (We’ll do the same.)

New machines for the Seattle factory

We’ve purchased several new Juki DLN-9010 sewing machines recently. The DLN-9010 is a straight-stitch machine: straight-stitch machines are the least specialized machines in the factory and therefore the most utilitarian and most used.
New machines for the Seattle factory
Our new Juki DLN-9010, shipped from Orange County, California.

This particular machine is for Sim who will use it to take sub-assemblies and from them create a finished bag; basically, creating a 3D bag from 2D panels. It’s hard work and Sim is already appreciating having a new machine to help her.

New machines for the Seattle factory
There’s plenty of room for more machines in our new factory.

While the DLN-9010 is not specialized in that it can sew many different parts of many different bags, it is by no means simple: it is a needle-feed machine which means the needle not only goes up and down but it also moves (ever so slightly) back and forth, helping feed the fabric through. This is a big deal when sewing heavy fabrics, making the seams look better and the work a little easier too. The DLN-9010 also has a number of computer assisted features like automatic back-tack and thread trimmers; it’s light years ahead of the home Singer machine Tom’s grandmother gave him years ago. (Tom muses that we should really call them sewing tools rather than sewing machines — read some Ivan Illich and maybe you’ll get what he means.)

New machines for the Seattle factory
Son, our mechanic, does a pre-flight inspection on the new machine.

lhulvej: 3D Clear Organizer Cube review

lhulvej: 3D Clear Organizer Cube review
“The quality is as usual from Tom Bihn really good – it’s (the 3D Clear Organizer Cube) been with me on numerous trips completely filled and I’ve experienced no problems with the zipper (which I’ve seen on competing products) or anything else. It cleans easily in case you get toothpaste on it and still looks pretty much as new.

For air travel it works really well – I put in on a key strap clipped to the inside of my Tri-Star or Western Flyer and when I need to go through airport security (mainly within Europe), I just unzip the bag and leave the organizer cube hanging on the key strap next to the bag.

99% of the times this is not questioned by airport security. In fact today while going through security in Frankfurt the security officer called her colleagues over and pointed to the organizer cube and repeatedly said “Sehr praktisch” (for those of you who speaks even worse German than me: Very practical). A few times I’ve been asked to remove it from the keychain and put it in a bin which takes seconds to do.”

Read the full review in the TOM BIHN Forums.

Photo by jams1fan: Synapse Travels to Timpanogos Cave UT

Photo by jams1fan: Synapse Travels to Timpanogos Cave UT

See a larger version of the above photo in the TOM BIHN Forums. Also: the Synapse.