For a few years now I’ve known about Stadham Corp of Maryland. They are a industrial machine supplier and repair shop in addition to a supplier for dry cleaning companies. My professional seamstress friend Lilya told me about them. What I didn’t know when I went today to drop off my blind hemmer, is that they have a STORE FULL OF SEWING SUPPLIES.
You won’t know this from their website because it’s essentially terrible. But, here’s what I found. Gah. I’m almost scared to tell y’all because what if you buy ALL THE STUFF I want to own? But, I have to put this out there to keep the good things coming. I wasn’t prepared for all this goodness so pics are a little not great from my cell phone.
First, they have sewing machine repair. It’s a $20 deposit to have them look at your machine and that amount goes to the repair. I don’t know what’s going on with my hemmer yet but will let you know when I do. Oh… and I managed to break the needle yesterday which motivated me to come get it checked out *now*. They claim they have the best machine repairman on the east coast…. I also made the late late connection of why sewing machine and vacuum repair are usually in the same shop. Belts. Both machines run with belts. Which also explains why the last machine repair guy I met used to work on cars for the Army in Vietnam. Belts and motors. *doh*
How great is the BF Goodrich belt system? You’re supposed to use it to see what size belt you have.
Right. I got a new belt for my Singer Featherweight 221 for $6.95. That’s a dollar less than online and no shipping.
Do you need a lightbulb? I almost stole this poster…
So, outside of the industrial machines for testing (button tacker, button holer, blind hemmers, cover stitches, sergers, straight stitch Consews and Jukis) they have a slew of older home sewing machines left behind by customers for sale.
Fancy a pink Brother?
After the machines gets to the really really good stuff. First, BUTTONS!! I will never complain about the price of buttons again as long as I have access to this wall of buttons.
Plain shirt buttons, fancy buttons, colored buttons.
All sizes of the same style button. And these were like a few dollars for a dozen. A DOZEN.
Along with the buttons are buckles for trenches and jackets and other things like D-rings
Next awesome thing? Zippers. Zippers.
22 inch invisible zippers for a $1.25. And zipper shortening for 50 cents. Yo! 50 cents!
I almost laughed when I saw the zippers for coat linings, sleeping bags and coveralls.
I have gone to New York to buy sleeping bag and lining zippers. I coulda just driven 5.5 miles and gotten them myself! That said, living in the City, anything more than two miles away seems like the end of the Earth.
They also have that tailer chalk I like to use and seam rippers for a $1.50
And threads for denim topstitching
Actual buttonhole twist (which I thought I couldn’t find locally last year) I know this says Button Sewing Thread. But, there was ‘Buttonhole Twist’ right next to it 🙂
Boxes of vintage zippers too
Thread for blind hemmers (and sergers)
Also, I might have to buy this pressing horse (the one on the bottom).
I don’t know what took me so long to come out here!!!!
Here’s what I came home with: Sweat guards for my suit jackets and blouses (.75 cents), knitted cuffs and ribbing to alter my sweatshirt dress, and ribbing for my yet-to-be-sewn denim bomber jacket. That jacket ribbing was THREE DOLLARS.
So, that’s Stadham Sewing over on the west side of Baltimore. Please go. Just don’t tell them how great their prices are. M’kay? Thanks.