Pucket backgammon game serving tray #5: sewing...

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Blog entry by mafe posted 04-14-2021 08:37 PM 924 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Pucket backgammon game serving tray

Yes you read it right sewing, not sawing!
Men can do that also and have great fun.

But it will be a quick one here, as I’m aware most of you will just shake your heads ans say ’get a life, get a wife’,laughs (I’m single now).

The game is also used as tray, so I realized the game pieces might end up somewhere and that somewhere can be lost.
So time to sit down by my sewing machine, where I also make a lot of my hammock gear, but that’s another story.

Do you get it, TOOLS!


And sewing of course, here preparing the rolled hems, for the draw strings.

Small clamps, not so fare away from what we usually do. ;-)

I’m actually serious, the sewing machine is just another tool, that can make our dreams become real.

While talking, a few stuff sacks are made.

Well a load, made some extra for my tour gear, now I had the machine running.

But for this project, one for the pucket pieces and one for the backgammon pieces.

And they can click together, so they don’t get lost.

Here all the once needed for now, the extra is for the extra set of backgammon pieces I made for my allotment, where I plan to paint a game on my garden table.

Talking about tools.
Here my sexy 1970 sewing tool box, in a naughty computer color.


Ok we stop now, promise there will be no more sewing in this blog.

See you soon, next up is making the pucket game play.

Hope it can be to some inspiration and your wife will not hate me now…

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

16 comments so far

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#1 posted 04-14-2021 08:52 PM

What a great skill to have!

Always thought I should learn, never did..

In the Navy the parachute riggers were the sewers. Always admired their work. They were always making cool things, like different styles of duffel bags and suit cases, along with their regular work. I think they were making a little extra money on the side!?

Keeping it all real, very cool….

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 04-14-2021 08:56 PM

Mads, you man after my own heart with a sewing machine in the shop too!. Real nice bags for all the pieces and color coded as well!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 04-14-2021 09:00 PM

Are you sure there will be no more sewing on this blog?

It is possible to make a “waterprof seam” just with sewing. When i learned it on a “army tailor course” i made a (almost) watertight cup. I thought it was realy impressing and i used it a couple of times. But it was impossible to put anywhere.

-- Brinth, Denmark - "nothing is impossible and everything goes; if you have the will (and the time) to do it"

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 04-14-2021 09:11 PM

Makes perfect sense, and they look like handy little bags for keeping the pieces from being stored in the Land of the Lost. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 04-15-2021 11:53 AM

Nice job on the bags Mads. Sewing is a valuable asset around the
house and shop. I’m no pro at it but can get the job done when needed. I may have to try those draw strings one of these days.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 04-15-2021 01:33 PM

Cool! You have a very nice machine. Not to long ago I tried my hand at quilting and learned how to do it using a Bernina quilting machine. They make good machines. Thanks for sharing your sewing. Take care

-- Doug

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#7 posted 04-15-2021 03:41 PM

Great write up, l drag out my sewing machine every once in awhile. Great skill to master.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#8 posted 04-15-2021 04:55 PM

Sewing is also a man’s job.
Sail makers, tailors, parachute makers, hot air balloon makers, and so on.
In the old navy any sailor had to mend his clothing by himself.
My wife always ask me to use the sewing machine where needed.

I have never seen those tiny clamps. I have always used pins (perpendicular to the stitching path they don’t hinder the process).
My machine is a very basic one: straight and zig-zag stitching.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#9 posted 04-15-2021 09:02 PM

Happy to see that this part was also visited, had a moments doubt, if I should just skip it.

Mtnwild, I were the first boy ever in my commune, to take sewing lessons at night school, the teacher looked at me and said Sorry carpentry is downstars when I arrived, laugh. I asked her to look in her book and she almost fell of her chair, we were to boys who actually loved carpentry and did that a lot, but just also found it could be cool to sew, so we did. I ended up sewing my own jacket, tweet and leather sleeves, quite amazing in one winter. Since then I always had sewing machines and like to be able to fix and do smaller stuff, like a pillow for a chair and a lot of gear for my hammock passion.

Here a hammock chair of ultralight nylon.

Jim J, I will imagine you could sew also, otherwise I would be surprised. Thanks Jim.
Brinth, I’m only sue on one thing: I’m never sure. Laughs. Whooo I never heard of that, I use seam sealer, when it need to be watertight, but wax will do on canvas. Can you explain it? Will there not always be half a stich to one side at least? Hmmm interesting.
Dave P, Laugh, I usually call it the drawer of nonsense. Thanks.
DoubleDD, Thak you. I made a how to sew these bags, with French seam on my hammock blog: You can use my note sheet there, these are quite easy and really proff.
Doug, I bought this machine app ten years ago and have been really pleased, before I always just bought an old one at flea markets, and used until they died. Big smile thanks.
Bobsboxes, Smiles, yes we can never learn too many skills, unless we want to be a master of one…
Sylvian, I think all jobs are for all of us, except queen perhaps, laughs. When I were married it was also my task and all the years since, I only had one gf who knew how to, so it’s been useful, I even made party dresses for my daughter when she were younger, i was a great joy to do this together. The small clips are really brilliant, I almost don’t use needels any more, just pop them when I reach the machines needle, I saw them on Youtube and never looked back. We basically only need straight and a wee zig zag. Thanks.

Here my setup at hammock camping.
Sewn the blue gear hammock under and the green undercover under the hammock.

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#10 posted 04-16-2021 07:45 PM

I actually find operating the sewing machine very satisfying! lie your use of clamps versus straight pins.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 04-16-2021 09:27 PM

WOW, are you kidding?

Years ago I found an old G.I. Jungle hammock at a Goodwill store, in perfect shape. I started camping with that and never stopped. I love having a view and I can set it up without having to find a flat spot. I’ve set it up on many a hillside with a view.
Heavier than the new lightweight ones, but I was young and strong back then. Brings back great memories…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#12 posted 04-17-2021 10:19 AM

Hi guys,

Lew, It’s a really peaceful skill, you need to be focused and I never heard of anyone sewing off their fingers… When I sit down and sew, I usually end up making more than I need, just because I enjoy it, so I also find great satisfaction. The small clamps are brilliant for all edge work.

mtnwild, Nope! Laughs.
Ahhhh a hammock buddy, yes it’s hard to beat, I can never go back to a tent again. I actually started, due my chronic neck pains, I could simply not sleep on a sleeping mat on the ground any more, woke up with evil pains in the morning, so I gave up on camping for some years. Then I read about the Hennessy hammock app ten years ago and had one delivered to my sisters American husbond, who worked for US military and were stationed in Ireland at that time, then picked it up, when I came to visit them. I slept in the garden of the American consulates villa that first night and I have never looked back. Woke up with no pain and a big smile, now able to get out into nature gain.
The most important improvement in the newer hammocks, is that they are sewn asymmetrical, so you sleep really flat, I can sleep on the side and on my back, this was the game changer for my pains.

Here a couple of images from a Turkey hang, where I had taken my gf for a mc ride with the hammocks (it was my mc in Turkey, an old Jawa, loved it).

Best of my thoughts to both of you,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#13 posted 04-17-2021 08:26 PM

I swear, when I saw that first picture I thought it was one of mine, then realized it couldn’t be.

These new pictures look like time I spent on the San Jaun Island. Doesn’t get any better than that. Once I spent a week in the rain and still enjoyed the whole time. Had a view just like that. Watched the deer and Orca doing their thing. Many deer would walk right through my camp, I don’t think they even knew I was there.

Most places I camped, in the mountains, finding a flat spot was near impossible. Plus you can keep an eye out for anything that might be going on.

I still have that hammock. Now my grandson uses it in the tree house.

Man, great memories, so cool! Most people I talk to think the hammock would be uncomfortable. I always hated zipping myself into a tent without being able to see what that noise was outside.

Those shots look like a fantastic camp spot, lucky you and your girl friend…All my best…Jack…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#14 posted 04-17-2021 10:15 PM

Sounds just wonderful.
I’m kind of the same, after been hanging out in the open, with a full view and off the ground (snakes and scorpions), I find it claustrophobic in a tent now, even a shelter is not the same. I feel one with nature, when hanging, a happy monkey.
Big smile dear Jack.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#15 posted 04-19-2021 07:04 PM

After sewing sails for 30 years on big Industrial machines I still find it very pleasing to sit down and do hand sewing or using my home machine. Good on you Mads.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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