With a total of 14 locations, sewing and quilting classes, and a cornucopia of handpicked sewing products, Quality Sewing & Vacuum offers needle wielders all the necessities for their projects. Experts helm free sessions that teach participants how to use their sewing machines to work toward reinventing an old skirt or craft an elegant canine wedding gown, while special events feature guest speakers who impart home decor, garment construction, quilting, and embroidery tips to audience members. Shoppers can peruse the cache of sewing machines from brands such as Singer, Pfaff, and Brother alongside accessories, embroidery designs, and vacuums that clean up rooms after testing out how easy it is to find a needle in a haystack.
The sewing machines and staff alike at Bernina Northwest are Bernina certified. Technicians in operating and fixing the company's sewing machines, sergers, and software help customers sew embroidered wall hangings, cozy quilts, neat hems, and Frankensteins that won't unravel the first time they experience anger. Customers of any skill level can dive into the details in classes tailored to their specific machine. Should a device ever break, a shop technician uses his three decades of familiarity with the products to solve technical problems, backed with a 180-day guarantee insuring the repair.
Countless do-it-yourself projects would never have seen the light of day were it not for Aurora Rents—gardens would remain untended, furniture unsanded, bedrooms unpainted. Luckily, the locally owned and operated business has rented tools and equipment—all properly cared for—to northwestern craftspeople for 50 years. Equally as vital, each employee carries industry expertise around in his or her tool belt, and delights in providing insights, safety tips, and techniques for refinishing floors or shellacking homemade Trojan horses.
Zapffe Silversmiths was founded in Seattle, Washington by Mr. Carl Zapffe in 1919. Today, skilled craftsman continue to provide paramount silver restoration services to the NW and to customers around the world. Zapffe silversmiths also provides services for brass, copper, pewter, gold and other metals.
Metropolitan Appliances has been showering homeowners with a bevy of brand-name domestic and office appliances for more than 60 years. Brothers Jim and Jeff Freedman oversee Metropolitan’s crackerjack staff of appliance aficionados, who stand ready to help you bedeck barren countertops or modernize your man, woman, or child cave. Punish misbehaving popcorn in a GE microwave ($89) or purée unwanted leftovers in a new Whirlpool garbage disposal ($89). Metropolitan also stocks a fleet of cleaning contraptions, including top-load washing machines from Estate ($349) and GE ($529), as well as Weber barbecues and grills for burning terminally unfashionable cardigans.
Madrid might be a long way from Seattle’s Western Avenue, but specialty food shop The Spanish Table is like stepping into a neighborhood market in Spain. The eclectic collection of pantry staples, hard-to-find wine and cookware are thoughtfully arranged for easy browsing. Great care has been taken to source paella pans in a wide range of sizes and price ranges, and nearly every ingredient needed to make the beloved traditional rice dish is supplied on the shelves. Just beyond the stacks teetering with unusual varieties of dried beans, canned sardines, jars of anchovies, salted capers and assorted olives is a deli case dedicated to imported charcuterie - including the famous Iberico ham, made from pork that feed on acorns - and a wide variety of European cheeses. The knowledgeable staff can steer you in the right direction, but they’re also adept at leaving shoppers free to explore the store.