Prym kindly sent me their denim sewing trolley, and matching sewing machine bag to review. Handily they stack on top of each other so you can use the trolley handle and wheels to move both. The sewing machine bag has a strap on the back which slips over the handle and holds it on securely. I have the blue denim version, but it also comes in a black and white polka dot design too.
I go to regular sewing groups and workshops and I usually end up bringing several bags with me, plus my sewing machine. I also have a bad back after tearing a muscle in my back last summer so I really struggle with the weight of a sewing machine so an all in one solution like this is just what I was looking for.
The trolley is nice and spacious, it easily fitted my sewing machine (Janome TXL607) in it and had space to slot the Prym Patchwork & Quilting starter set in alongside it. The bag is well padded, it feels like there’s a layer of foam in between the inner and outer layers of fabric. There is also a webbing strap internally which comes up the middle of your machine on either side and Velcros in place above the machine to further stabilise it.
The trolley has wheels and an adjustable handle much like a suitcase so you can easily move it around. The wheels are at the front and a stand at the back so you tip it to move but once it’s standing upright it won’t move. There is a handle at the top of both the sides so you can lift the bag up when full. You can join the two handles together to make one central handle.
In the period I was testing the bag I ran a sewing club at my son’s school. To get to the room we were using I had to carry the trolley up several flights of stairs and I really struggled with the weight of it (my machine, all the supplies, a bottle of water and a couple of books were in the trolley and bag). It was reluctant to bump it up and down the steps as I thought it might damage the machine, but it is very heavy to lift when fully loaded. Most the time though I wouldn’t need to contend with steps and being able to wheel my machine is much easier on my back than lifting it.
The bag is a drop in bag, you unzip 3 sides at the top, lift the lid and lift the machine in. One thing I couldn’t figure out was how to hold the internal strap (for securing the machine) up out of the way so they didn’t get trapped under the machine. You need 3 hands to do that. Either end of the strap has Velcro on it, a small Velcro tab on the front and back inside of the bag would have allowed you to stick the strap out of the way whilst you put the machine in. My partner Julie was sent the black and white polka dot trolley and sewing machine bag to try and she said it would be a good idea to have a front opening trolley so you don’t have to lift the machine in from above. One of her machines is very heavy and she found it hard work lifting the machine into the trolley.
There are 3 really useful storage pockets on the trolley. A large one across the front which has pockets for holding sewing tools. There’s a strip of elastic just above one of the pockets to help hold items like scissors or rotary cutters in place. The two side pockets are quite spacious, I used one to hold my drink and the other one for snacks (you have fuel to keep you sewing after all). Of course, you could fit more sewing supplies in there too.
I use the sewing machine bag to carry the rest of my supplies, fabric, patterns, books, toy stuffing, etc I managed to fit a lot more than I imagined into the bag. It is designed to fit a domestic machine in so if you are using it with the trolley and don’t need to put your machine in it you should find it will carry all the other sewing supplies you need.
The only thing I was worried about fitting in was a cutting board, but Prym have a solution to that too. Their patchwork and quilting starter set comes with a folding cutting board which fits easily into the trolley or bag. You can also fit a quilting ruler of around 16 inches in too.
Twice when using the trolley and bag it was raining, one was a full-blown thunderstorm with torrential rain so the waterproof aspect of the denim was certainly put to the test. I’m happy to report that nothing inside the bags (not even in the pockets) ended up wet so it can be used in any weather.
The sewing machine bag is the same construction as the trolley, with a foam layer between the interior and exterior fabrics to protect the contents of the bag. It has a solid base, with a foamy insert to put over it. It also has a strap inside which helps to hold your machine still. Plus, it comes with a detachable shoulder strap, and handles on the front and back of the bag so you can carry it whichever way suits you best. It has metal bag feet to protect the base of the bag from getting dirty when you put it down.
Storage wise there is one large pocket across the front which has a smaller zip pocket attached to (like a large pencil case). You could use this bag alone, without the trolley either to carry your sewing machine, or plenty of supplies. With the trolley it allows you to carry both machine and supplies all in one. It’s a much tighter fit for my sewing machine than the trolley was, I had to remove the plastic protective machine case in order to fit it into the bag. If you have a large sewing machine you would be better off going for the trolley, but the bag should fit most small-medium domestic machines in.
Personally, I am a big fan of both of these products and Julie says hers is getting plenty of use too. I love the colour and style of them both. They make it much easier for me to transport my machines and supplies. They enable me to carry all my supplies at once instead of in multiple bags requiring several trips to the car. They are waterproof which is certainly a bonus in British weather! The only downside is that they are quite heavy to lift when tackling stairs because you have your machine and all your supplies in one.
I will be keeping them permanently loaded up with my machine (I have a sewing machine I just use for sewing out of the house) and supplies ready for my next sewing group or class. They stack together neatly in the corner of the living room ready for their next outing.
You can find more information on both products on Prym website.
These products are available to buy from:
Minerva Crafts – https://www.minervacrafts.com
Jaycotts – https://jaycotts.co.uk
Weaver Dee – https://weaverdee.com/