We’re proud to be part of the Central Eastside neighborhood, which bustles with makers of all varieties. Stylish wooden eyewear, small-batch gin, and farmhouse ales are just a few of the treasures being produced right around us. We recently acquired a new neighbor, and we couldn’t be happier. Spooltown is a production sewing facility that shares a similar ethos to our own. Their website states: “We believe in visible, ethical American manufacturing. We believe that people should see the process of making because it’s hard. And amazing. And worthwhile.”‘
We packed up early on a grey Tuesday afternoon and headed up the street to visit their space and see those sewing machines in action. We saw giant spools of thread and giant bolts of fleece and wool. There were heavy-duty industrial machines hard at work on bike bags and waxed canvas totes. We saw the finishing touches being applied to thick leather aprons for tattoo artists. We learned about their house product line and saw leather dies and colorful zippers. We ate some candy.
After their machines slowed down, the small team of Spooltowners came back to our place to learn about offset lithography and corner-rounding, before we all headed around the corner for some beers. Beers that were brewed right there in the neighborhood, obviously.
Thanks to Spooltown for such a fun afternoon!