Thursday, July 12, 2012

AlZamil Arts and Crafts Stores

AlZamil or Al Zamil Arts and Crafts Store
P.O. Box 217
Al-Khobar 31952, Saudi Arabia
Tel: 03-8983232
Fax: 03-8649190

Location: It is to the right of the Arab National Bank when facing your back to the Cournish St.  Take the street to the right of the bank and it's on the right.  It is very easy to pass it without knowing you did.  Behind the building is a little bit of parking.

What they sell:
fabric (3rd floor)-quilting, lace, burlap, cotton, lace, felt, natural leather, synthetic leather, cross stitch material, interfacing, etc.

notions-basic things to get the job done but not much more
thread-DMC thread and floss, thread from USA (Coats & Clark), France (DMC), India, China, cotton, polyester
styrofoam-anything can be made by their machines, any size, any form, any function
crochet and knitting materials-needles, yarn
wood plaques and other forms
paint-ceramic, glass, acrylic, oil, etc.
tissue paper, wrapping paper, ribbon, tassels, rick rack
educational materials, posterboard
and so much more

Comment if you have anything to add!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sewing Machines in Riyadh

In my hunt for sewing machines, I have found a few places with a few brands.  Granted they are older models and probably double the original price, at least I can buy one here.  They are very basic with 17 or so stitches but at this point that is all I need.  Anybody know of any other places?  These are what I have found so far:

LuLu in Riyadh Avenue Mall has had the largest selection so far (which isn't saying much).  They carry about 8 models of Singer and Brother.  They range from about 500 to 850 Riyals.

Saco near IKEA has 2 models of Singer and one or two of Brother.  They are about 300 (maybe 400??) and 700 Riyals.

Carrefour in Granada Mall has a few, I don't remember.  I was sad to see the poor selection and just turned away!

I have heard that you can find machines in local markets.

In the end, I will bring my New Home machine from my old home.  *snort*  Until then, I will get one of these.

Now on the search for thread.  I don't know which is harder!!!!

If only the Riyadh Quilting Guild was in session!!!  I need help!!!