Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12

Thread: Vintage machines store decor

  1. #1
    Super Member beatys9's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Washington State
    Posts
    1,577

    Vintage machines store decor

    Whenever I catch the bus to work I walk by a store in downtown Seattle where the primary decor is floor to ceiling vintage sewing machines. I always look at them in the window but today I took my camera with me & went into the shop to photograph them. There are so many it's an amazing sight! I've never owned or used a vintage machine but I just love looking at them as I walk by the store. Unfortunately, the photos from outside into the windows did not come out well - the interior shots are better.
    Attached Images Attached Images



    Shannon

  2. #2
    Senior Member coloradosky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    790
    Oh how I wish! I wonder if the machines will be donated to a museum when the company decides to "remodel" their storefront. Shannon, thanks for sharing.

  3. #3
    Super Member beatys9's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Washington State
    Posts
    1,577
    Good thought on the museum but I wonder how many of them still work or could be brought back. Many, I'd guess. As I was standing there taking the pictures, a woman walked by and said to me "None of it's made in the U.S. you know..." I replied, "I don't care about the clothes, I like the machines."
    Shannon

  4. #4
    Senior Member Linda - K.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Washington State summer, Sun City AZ winter
    Posts
    707
    What is the name of the store and where is it located? I would love to go down and see them. (I live 65 mi north of Seattle.
    She who dies with the most fabric didn't sew fast enough!

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    New York City
    Posts
    138
    The store is called All-Saints Spitalfields, and it's not limited to Seattle. That's a British clothing chain and every single one of their stores--Seattle, Las Vegas, New York, et cetera--are all decorated the same way, with tons of vintage machines on those racks.

    I'd heard (but never been able to find direct print evidence) that the owner of the chain has a bad case of SMAD and practically cleared out the UK secondhand sewing machine market to stock the store displays worldwide.

    The All-Saints store near me in New York also has, on the floor, some impressive and gigantic 19th-century Singer industrial sewing machines that are the size of motorcycles. Just staggering to see in person.
    - Rain

    Vintage Singer Sewing Machine Blog
    http://vssmb.blogspot.com/

  6. #6
    Super Member coopah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Horse Country, FL
    Posts
    5,862
    Blog Entries
    1
    i'll bite. What is SMAD?
    "A woman is like a tea bag-you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." Eleanor Roosevelt

  7. #7
    Super Member beatys9's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Washington State
    Posts
    1,577
    Hi Linda. In Seattle, it's at the corner of 5th & Pine St. There's virtually nowhere to park but you could make a day of it at Seattle Center & catch the monorail downtown. It drops you just a block away from the store. Are you up Bellingham way?

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda - K. View Post
    What is the name of the store and where is it located? I would love to go down and see them. (I live 65 mi north of Seattle.
    Shannon

  8. #8
    Senior Member Mornigstar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Bobcaygeon,On./ Bonita Springs, Fl
    Posts
    999
    Haven't posted for long long time but had to tell you ----
    April while in South Beach , outside Miami, we hunted for that store for 3 hrs. It's in Lincoln St Mall which
    is a street mall not far from City Hall. It is just as Beatsy9 showed --AWESOME.
    We drove over from west coast of Fl to go there since a man told my brother about it and he wanted to surprise
    me. Sure was a surprise. Salesman said --373 machines, some had parts missing Some larger loom and machines around too. Glad they didn't end up as land fill. Our photo's sure look alike.
    Told there are a number of stores around the globe mostly in large US cities and Europe. Know other people have
    gone to see machines only. Clothes geared for young junior size. Nothing in the store to fit me but lovely. Too
    expensive for my prices.
    Think a few yrs ago someone on QB wrote about this store in New York City showing a photo but didn't go into
    details about a chain. Hope to get back to that area in Fl. Website shows clothes but no decor so look to find
    a store near you. Unbelievable !

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Bellingham WA
    Posts
    1
    hI, i LIVE 65 MI n OF sEATTLE...IN bELLINGHAM hOWDY NEIGHBOR

  10. #10
    Senior Member Linda - K.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Washington State summer, Sun City AZ winter
    Posts
    707
    Quote Originally Posted by beatys9 View Post
    Hi Linda. In Seattle, it's at the corner of 5th & Pine St. There's virtually nowhere to park but you could make a day of it at Seattle Center & catch the monorail downtown. It drops you just a block away from the store. Are you up Bellingham way?

    Thanks for the address of the store. I live outside Marysville (Lake Goodwin area) but have a Stanwood address. I know there is a big mess trying to find parking in Seattle. I usually don't go often cause of that but have 2 cousins coming from WI & OH in the fall and they want to "do Seattle" so will have to do my best then to find parking. Of course, they want to do the market and hopefully I'll find parking close by but with the viaduct mess, who knows how that will go! The cousin from WI is a quilter and if we get downtown I'll have to find that store as she might be interested seeing the old machines also.
    She who dies with the most fabric didn't sew fast enough!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.