As some of my friends know, I recently started to re-learn how to sew using the sewing machine. At home, I'm usually the go-to for quick mends, buttons, and hemming. But for more serious projects, I know hand-sewing isn't going to get me that far. So, a quick search online lead me to the cutest, friendliest and coolest sewing lounge in Vancouver - Spool of Thread. From their website to their fabric to their storefront, everything is unique and a pleasure on the eyes. Spool of Thread is a sewing lounge that sells one-of-a-kind fabric, teaches easy to hard classes and rents out their super cool sewing machines (that don't break down!) at a reasonable cost.
After taking their 101 class for a tote bag, I was hooked! My latest project has been my duvet cover. Now that it's fall, it's the perfect time to snuggle underneath a beautiful, cozy, fluffy duvet for some precious shut-eye after a long day of work.
Location: Spool of Thread
Spool of Thread is located in E 15th and Fraser, Vancouver
There's ample free parking around the area - which is perfect especially when you have a 3-hour class!
Coming into the store, you'll be greeted with all these beautiful fabric! My friends would know I absolutely love paper - and I can't believe I'm falling in love with fabric as well!
According to their site - "Spool of Thread carries modern and retro-inspired fabric from fabulous designers including Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Heather Ross, Kona Cottons, Michael Miller and Japanese prints. In addition to our hard-to-find fabric, we also offer designer sewing patterns including Oliver + S and Colette Patterns, Mettler Thread and other useful sewing notions." You'll find more in their Flickr page.
Their cute shop also sells sewing patterns, books and sewing machines!
They've got everything you need to do awesome in your sewing - including expert advice from the owners!
They have great practical sewing classes! Just with their sewing 101 class, you'll learn how to make a reversible tote bag, a pair of pillowcases and throw pillows. The instructors are very good at teaching and helping everyone out - with or without experience.
The owners Henry and Lili are the sweetest ever! They have a gift with fabric and sewing - definitely!
Here I am working on my duvet cover project! They have all these high-tech machines that I don't even have to worry about them breaking down! When I learned how to sew in school, we were unfortunate not to have enough sewing machines (or working ones, for that matter). At home, I had a very old-school machine, which was great, but I didn't know how to use it.
One awesome thing about their classes is that they give you a chance to practice more in their lounge by giving you a discount! It's a great chance to learn more about sewing especially being surrounded with lovely sewing experts!
Making the duvet cover was the biggest project I've ever worked on - fabric wise! It was a lot of pinning and ironing... and sewing of course!
We did a french seam so that we wouldn't have to worry about fraying! 5 hours later ... my duvet cover is done!
And ta-da! I didn't wait long to slip my duvet inside and put it on my bed. It's getting colder nowadays so it's great to have a warm - and pretty duvet!
And I'll be back! :) Check this pretty place out - and sew!