Shopping >Nancy's Sewing Basket
2221 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810947.639008 -122.357023
Neighborhoods: West Queen Anne, Magnolia / Queen Anne, Magnolia - Queen Anne
Super local resource for serious sewing – Locally-owned fabric stores are an endangered species, but we have one of the coolest right here in Seattle. I've been shopping at Nancy's for years and maybe took it for granted a little. It's a great resource for lovely fabrics, ribbons, and notions, especially hard-to-find ones. I've always had great service, and after waiting in line at a chain store to 1) get my fabric cut then 2) pay at the one register open in a huge store, I appreciate the staff at Nancy's.
Sneaky Tactics To Overcharge!!! – I bought some really sweet buttons at Nancy's but needed many more than they had on hand; they told me to call them anytime and order what I needed and they would get them. I called in an order for a dozen cards of buttons which were $2 per card with 2 buttons on each card. Well when I got there to pick up my buttons they brought them to me, not on their original cards but loose in a small plastic bag. That in itself was no big deal until I got home and realized that they had written on the bag $1.25 and had charged me and extra .25¢ per button adding an extra $6 to my bill! What a dirty trick, now I knew why they had removed the buttons from the card, so they could charge me more. I have a small business making childrens knits and need a lot more buttons in the future, Nancy's Sewing basket can bet I will not order from them again. One thing I will not tolerate is dishonesty.
Great selection of remarkable fabrics – I love the fabrics at Nancy's and I go there often. Their fabrics are without a doubt the best in Seattle. They have beautiful wools, cottons, linens & silks, but not a lot of synthetics. They have terrific notions as well, quality sewing tools that can be very hard to find. --- I read some complaints about the staff, but I've never encountered rudeness. They do leave you alone, but I think they figure that you are browsing & will ask for help if you want it. I have called them several times to find relatively inexpensive notions & they have always been helpful. In person, some of them are gregarious and others are serious & more off putting. It would be crazy to miss the incredible fabrics because the staff feel a little cool!
Rude People – I called for something very specific, they were referred to me by another retail store. I have never been treated so cold and so rude on the phone in my life. Like I was wasting their time. Not sure how that one has been in business all these years. . . never again for me.
Less-than-pleasant staff; pretty fabrics & things – Being a sewing newbie, I heard that Nancy's was the place to go for great "notions" and to get assistance picking fabrics, etc. Unfortunately, instead of help I received a harried salesperson waving her arm in a general direction telling me that the "knit fabrics are over there." She actually cut me off as I was trying to explain and show her the pattern I had brought with me. This was after I stood at the counter for a few minutes patiently waiting for help, to no avail (there was no one else waiting for help at the counter -- the workers managed to studiously ignore me until I vocalized my request for help). The woman who cut my fabric was unpleasant. I received nary a smile from anyone there. It could have been because it was a busy Saturday (still, not that many customers), but they managed to make me feel like a total annoyance. The fabrics were very pretty and they had a wonderful variety, but I'll never go to Nancy's again.
A Seattle sewing landmark for fine fabrics and exquisite notions. – The Scene
From serious seamstresses to newbie needle pointers, this locally owned store stocks high-end fabrics, ribbons and everything you need to create clothes, wedding dresses and craft projects. Even the Pacific Northwest Ballet buys its fabrics here.
For sewing addicts, this is as good as it gets. You'll find imported silk, brocade or tulle for your wedding dress, along with velvet and organza for evening wear. The store's selection of quality wools is one of the largest in town. Kids dream up their Halloween costumes here, and adults unhurriedly explore the vast sections of embroidery floss, trims, lace, beads and buttons. The Ribbon Room in the back of the store brims with hundreds of ribbons, from everyday cotton and satin to one-of-a-kind vintage ribbons kept under glass. Not sure how much to buy? Friendly, experienced staff will help decipher your pattern and measure exactly what you need.
What a treasure trove! – This store has some of the most beautiful fabrics I hever ever seen in my whole life. I was told it was just a little quilting shop, but how wrong! They have quite the selection of all kinds of fabrrics. If you're doing something for a special occasion, go here.
They're run of the mill fabrics are a little more overpriced than the regular chain stores, but everything else is wy cool.
Even if you're not buying that particular day, go look around and enjoy the eye candy.
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