Sewing Arts Center was originally crowned Bay Cities Sewing Machine Co. and first opened its doors in 1955 on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. In 1975 the shop passed from father to daughter, Barbara Kasprinski, and moved to ½ block from Sewing Arts Center’s current location. For 25 years Barbara and her husband, Fred, continued to serve the sewing community proudly, operating what was to become an even more successful sewing machine sales and repair shop.
Formerly sewing machine sales and repairs only, Sewing Arts Center began modestly with 12 bolts of fabric, 4 types of thread, a few classes, and a few notions. And yes, Barbara is still around, (alas, Fred passed away a few years ago) but spends the majority of her time cruising the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Alaska – just about anywhere a ship will take her. But you’ll find Julie and Susanne and Yolanda, Ivy, Danae and Betty, Emily, Sage and Barbara, Ted, Santiago, and dozens of amazingly passionate and wonderful friends each day at Sewing Arts Center.
Since new owner, Julie, has been here we have added over 25,000 yards of hand picked, custom curated fabrics. While we specialize in cottons, we also have a wide selection of Rayon, Flannels, Knits and Minky. We are always on the hunt for new and different fabrics from all over the world.
Please be patient as we are currently updating the website and launching our very own online store! Keep following us on social media, Instagram (@sewingarts) or Facebook (Sewing Arts Center) or subscribe to our newsletter for all the latest info, especially photos of new fabrics as they arrive and projects.
Sewing is an Art, Be an Artist!