Eddie's Quilting Bee
480 S Mathilda Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Services: Beginner Classes Embroidery Machines Knits Rayon Sales Sewing Furniture Sewing Machines Sewing Supplies Silk Wool Zippers
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There is an amazing amount of fabric in this store. If you buy a sewing machine you get up to 37 classes free. There are classes in the basics as well as for embroidery, sewing with knits, pattern drafting and more. Obviously, there are beginning through advanced classes in quilting!
I am not a quilter, only an amateur seamstress Eddie is knowledgeable and provides fantastic service. You cannot put a price on the service he provides as far as machines go. Prices for fabrics and thread (non-quilting stuff) may not meet the lower prices of corporate places but Eddie makes up for that 10 fold for the free lessons and repairs on the machines. Don't be fooled by the tiny storefront - the inside is HUGE (it's narrow but very long).
I heart Eddie's. This store has an amazing selection of quilting supplies, knowledgeable, friendly staff, and Eddie himself has repaired and replaced parts on my sewing machine. Fabulous customer service. It's not exactly a convenient location for me, but I'm willing to drive the hour to peruse their fun fabric selection and chat with the staff about projects I'm working on. They even carry Koala sewing cabinets, and they offer free classes with the purchase of new sewing machines. Speaking of classes, I haven't taken any because I live too far away, but their list of classes is incredibly comprehensive and reasonably priced. They have such fun fabrics and supplies, it's a challenge to leave empty-handed.
If you sew, you must stop here. I'm not a quilter but I love this place. The fabric selection is fantastic. I drool over their Asian prints and batiks. They have a good selection but it's very cotton heavy which is fine for me most of the time. I also bought my last sewing machine here (a Janome - a fabulous machine!). I got lots of help with the selection and after I bought it the salesperson asked if I wanted to open it up and learn to thread it and everything on the spot. I was sewing away like a pro as soon as I got home.
If you like to sew, quilt, or do anything with needles --- sewing needles that is --- this place is THE place to go. They have sewing lessons for those who are wanting to learn, as well as knitting stuff, quilting classes, just about anything you want to know about needlework and more. The staff are happy to help and offer advice.
I bought my serger and my sewing machine at EQB, I'm very happy with the fact that I get 3 years of free tune ups for my machines and discounts because I bought them there. Most of the classes are great, and they are creating more of them for just regular fashion sewers. They have guest instructors, like Sandra Betzina from Vogue.
Some of the sales people need a little more customer service training and how to be friendly, but overall, it's a great place.
I am a loyal Eddie's customer! Eddie worked on my sewing machine and returned it to me better than new! I'm so thankful for his expertise. Thanks, Eddie!
I feel it is well worth the drive from Newark! His staff is also very helpful and knowledgeable. I appreciate you all! See you next time I need fabric!
Got my sewing machine here 2 years ago and that was my first introduction to this place. The service has been fine for me whenever I've gone. My biggest problem is choosing fabric! Once I go in there I get so overwhelmed by the choices I don't know what to do! This makes it is easy to spend $100 without thinking. I've pretty much learned to make my money go further there by getting a few yards of standout fabric and adding it to plain and cheap fabric and notions at one of those big box fabric stores (where I can use a coupon) to make my crafty projects.
I've also taken a few classes there. The machine intro class I took was great, while the strip stocking class I took was eeeeh. I learned how to strip quilt
I took a couple of sewing classes here creating bags and it was a lot of fun. I learned how to strip quilt a bag and machine applique a cute cat. I am an experienced sewer but not a quilter. I thought the bag classes did require a lot of work on your own so it's not for really newbies. Newbies should definitely take the intro to sewing classes first. The instructors were nice and helpful, but they were busy helping others. Eventually if you wait your turn, they'll come to help you. My bags got lots of oohs and aahs and I'm proud to show them off. Most people did not finish their bags in the timeframe of the class, so expect to do finishing work at home.
Eddie's Quilting Bee offers a ton of sewing classes including many types of quilt designs, beginning quilting, and basic garment design. While I was at my class, there was a beginning sewing class going on at the same time. I met a lady who made the cutest retro dress and she said her sewing teacher Karen was really good and taught her how to do an invisible zipper.
It seems like if you buy your sewing machine from Eddie's, there's quite a few discounts associated with it like free intro sewing classes and discounts on fabrics for 1 year.
The store itself is bright and spacious. There is an elevator to upstairs so you don't have to lug your sewing machine wheel tote up the stairs. Upstairs are two large classrooms.
They have a large selection of fabrics, including beautiful Asian designs. The prices of the fabrics are a bit pricey. The same Asian fabrics sell for 1/2 at the Fabric Mart in Hawaii. But since it's more expensive to get on a plane to Hawaii, I'll buy some fabric from Eddie's when I need it in a pinch.
Besides fabrics, they also sell patterns from independent designers as well as major pattern makers like Vogue and Kwik Sew.
They have a huge quilting book section in the back.
I cannot comment on their sewing machine repair service. It sounds like from other yelpers that machines bought from other dealers or online are bad mouthed. This makes me weary to bring my machine in for repairs. But I would love to take more classes as there are so many to choose from.
I was so thrilled to find a brick and mortar store in the bay area to get designer fabrics. I make and sell my own handbags and I need to use the newest, high quality fabrics and its nice to not always have to order them from Etsy, Ebay, etc.
I love the selection of Amy Butler, Tina Givens, etc fabrics....and I agree with some earlier reviews...If you are not familiar with designer fabric, quilting or are a beginning sewer, this is prob an expensive place to start.
The service I had there was just fine....although, I am perfectly happy just to go in, select my fabrics, get them cut, pay and leave....I'm not really using their other services, classes, etc.
Dawn spent quite a bit of time with me today helping me to select a sewing machine. She was very knowledgeable and gave me very good information for the type of machine I was looking for. I also like the 6 hour class included with the purchase of a machine. All in all I experienced very good service, different than what I read in previous reviews.
I've been doing business at EQB for a few years now, ever since taking my first quilting class there. Since I enjoyed the first class so much, I have taken several more classes with Judy. She's contributed to my fun and positive learning experiences.
During my "learning to quilt stage," I have had several sewing machine buying experiences at Eddie's and they have ALL been VERY POSITIVE purchasing experiences. I've bought a Bernina 820 floor model and a new Bernina 330. Later I traded in the 330 towards a used Artista 730e. And somewhere in there a Juki 2010Q found its way home with me.
Buying a sewing machine is similar to buying a car. Educate thyself first. I might look at the machines for a couple of visits. I do a lot of online research of the item(s) I am considering. I try to figure out exactly what I want based on that research and what a fair price range would be...fair to both of us, not just me. After all, it is a nice store and I do want them to stay in business, so I can shop there. I want the owner and employees to earn a decent wage and have a healthy life.
Yes, I could buy online and get things cheaper, but then I wouldn't get to really evaluate the product before I bought it. By buying my machines at Eddie's, I've gotten to use them before buying AND most importantly, to me, when I have had an issue with them, Eddie has been great at taking care of it. All it takes is a short, friendly discussion. I could buy on Craigslist and try the machine out, but then if later the machine had an issue or if I hadn't caught it when I tried it out for a few minutes at the Craigslist seller's house, I'd be stuck and have to pay for costly repairs. Each used machine I have bought has had a minor issue, but it hasn't been a problem to get them fixed. In fact, the used Bernina Artista I bought, had a sensor go out, so Eddie exchanged it for another like machine. I wasn't especially happy with that one, so Eddie let me trade again. This time, I got to choose from two like machines after trying them out. I've found the customer service at Eddie's to be very good. I've gotten good, fair deals, because I was able to recognize a fair deal through my research online and I used my communication skills. I prepared myself first and I was willing to negotiate - within limits. Do the homework. It pays off. Personally, I've found Eddie to be fair and most support staff congenial and adept, and Brittany, especially, to be extremely helpful, knowledgable, and kind.
In my book, the classes and teachers are good, the classrooms spacious, the machines are fabulous, there is a wide variety of quality sewing and quilting supplies, as well as plenty of gorgeous fabrics, and the customer service is helpful and dependable. What's not to love? I'm happy to be a loyal EQB customer. And I enjoy my shopping experience each time I go!
Eddie's Quilting Bee is your go-to place to buy a sewing machine. They have a great selection and a knowledgeable staff. I did take a class (we made pillow covers) on how to use a sewing machine, and I found it extremely helpful.
As for the cons, while they do have a wide range of fabric, like somebody else mentioned, I thought the choice was a little dated. Also, Eddie really pushes Babylocs which cost close to a grand, and I found it slightly uncomfortable.
But overall, it's a nice place to shop, and the people are friendly, so check it out!
I took my little sister here for the machine basics class and it was great! we both loved it and walked out with a pillow. the teacher was nice, she went through the steps a little fast but if you wait your turn she will come around and show you. i didn't know that we were only making pillow covers and the cotton for the pillow be extra, but other than this it was a nice experience for myself and my 10 year old sister. My sister was able to sew her pillow cover and walked out very proud of her creation!
I had a great experience purchasing a machine, with Dawn. It was a few mins before the store closed and my sewing machine (a gift) was broken so I brought it in, with the intention of having it fixed and renting a machine ($25) for a day. Half hour later I left with a $450 machine, feeling like I would use the machine more, be more comfortable with it and feeling like Dawn really took the time to understand my comfort level w/sewing and my needs. I like that they offer a 6 hour class to learn about your machine (although the next month's class is already full! :( Perhaps they can reduce the 6 hours to 3 and do 2 classes? not sure- but they offer that and some free sewing classes for the year. Also a yearly service of the machine for the next 2 years. I spent more than I wanted to (needed to!)...but I liked how she took the time to show me the machines, how to do some basic things w/ it even though the store was closed. I appreciate that level of customer service. I assume she owns the store, but not sure?