Sierra Sewing Center in Reno, Nevada, on my way to see my grandchild in California. Ohhh... I felt like a child in the candy store!
They carry over 4,000 bolts of beautiful fabric by major manufacturers, tons of patterns, wool, kits, as well as sewing machines by Pfaff, Viking, Baby Lock, and Artisan (industrial sewing machines). Sierra Sewing Center also offers long arm quilting services. With a second location in Carson City, it is clear Linda (the owner) and her family know how to run a successful business!
The store has ample room for roaming and dreaming, is well lit, and the staff is personable and very helpful. When I first came in, they told me about their quilt challenge where the customers who signed up had to use 4 specific fabrics in their projects. Each work (about a dozen) was to be rated on a scale of 1-5 on creativity, workmanship, use of fabrics, and color use. It was so difficult to rate them, as they were expertly made and creatively designed. I asked my mother to start rating them while I walked around the store.
I found the wool batting I had been looking for, got more Soft and Stable by Annie, could not resist a kit for a wool table topper for Christmas, and got some gorgeous fabric (see it on the cutting table!)...
I wandered to the large classroom and only wished I had time to take classes there. Linda told me the store has been around for over 20 years. When she purchased it five and a half years ago, it was housed in a different location.
Two hours later (!!!) I was ready to vote on the quilt challenge, pay for my purchases, and head to California.
Next time you plan a trip to the Reno, Nevada area, stop by Sierra Sewing Center. You will not be disappointed!
In the meantime, be sure to read my previous post about the Learning and Sharing blog hop, and giveaway with prizes courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop and Riley Blake Designs. You have until Thursday at 5pm to enter!