We caught up with Ginger from New Church Moto about what she has been doing since coming to Babes Ride Out 2013's inaugural makeshift camp out. Ginger has generously donated to the Moto FAM raffle so make sure you stop by their booth at Babes Ride Out 5 to get your free raffle ticket. You can also buy additonal tickets for $1 a piece!
New Church Moto
Custom motorcycle upholstery and leather accessories
My name is Ginger McCabe and I'm a mom, a business owner and a music nerd! I've lived all over the west coast and used my sewing skills to support myself since I was very young. I also love cooking, nature, collecting records, vintage knick knacks, yard sales and learning new crafts. I moved to Bandon in 2014 because I wanted to raise my daughter in a quieter place and teach her the simple, important things in life. The city (Portland) was getting to be a little too crowded and heavy for me, and I wanted to be near the ocean. There are certain sacrifices you make when living in a small town, but in the end, the city is always there when we want to visit!
Living in Bandon has forced me to appreciate the smaller things in life. Growing a garden and mostly always cooking our own food due to the lack or restaurants. I save a lot of money by not going out to the bars for happy hour, haha! It also allows me more time to focus on my family and my business, as I work from home now with no commute and lower overhead. Beach time and play time are priority over sitting in traffic and learning how to entertain ourselves as well, due to the smaller population.
My dad owned a canvas shop that he started the year I was born, 1982. As a child I ran wild in his shop and eventually learned to sew when I was 6 years old! From that moment on, I knew I wanted to own my own business and that I could fully support myself with my ability to sew and create things. in 2008, I moved back to Portland from Northern California and got a job making motorcycle jackets and pants at Langlitz Leathers, where I worked for 2 years. In that time, I learned a lot and also started doing motorcycle seat upholstery for my friends, as well as purchased my first motorcycle, a 1977 XS400. As soon as I was able to support myself, I quit Langlitz and bought myself my first industrial sewing machine and started New Church Moto! Ever since then, it's been an exciting road to learn and meet people within the motorcycle community and grow my business to a level I never thought possible!
A day in my life is basically this: I get up and make breakfast for my little one, do household chores, answer emails, and play with my daughter until it's time for her nap. While she's napping I work as much as I can on whatever projects are up in the queue. After nap, she usually hangs out with her dad, so that allows me time to work again. I go back and forth from my shop to the garage working on different aspects of multiple seats at a time. Gone are the days of 8 hours of work, but I try and cherish the time I get to spend with my little one because I know that before I can blink she will be in school. It can be a double edged sword working from home sometime because the distraction is real and I have to be super committed to working when I have the chance. All in all, it's very convenient and I love what I do!
Currently I am working on a few different seats, as always, and I am developing a line of accessory and travel bags for this upcoming holiday season, named after my dad's business, Long Valley Canvas Co.
I cherish a lot about my work. I get to meet super interesting people, I get to flex my creativity and I'm always working on something different so I don't get bored easily! It's also nice to be a part of so many beautiful motorcycle builds.
I am donating a pouch for this raffle. It is a versatile, user friendly bag that is custom designed for Babes Ride Out ladies! This is the only one like it. You can use it as a purse, a makeup bag, an accessory bag, and throw it in your travel bag on your next motorcycle trip! I hope whoever wins loves it and gets a lot of use out of it.
To babes riding out....have fun and be safe (hah!) and I wish I could be there with y'all.