Sewing at the Google Garage with Bay Area Sewists

Hi, last weekend the Bay Area Sewists meetup group had a Sew Together meetup at the Google Garage – the volunteer-run maker space at the tech giant’s Mountain View location in Silicon Valley. I’m the organizer for the meetup group and Ali, one of our members who works at Google, graciously reserved the space, making it possible for us to meet there. Thank you, Ali!

Here are some of the photos I took from that visit, along with one photo taken by Marilyn, another Bay Area Sewists member, which I’ll identify.

This is some of the fun stuff on the wall just outside the Google Garage – car parts that have been painted in Google colors. You can sort of see that Google is spelled out. The first “G” is made from tires and the two O’s from hub caps.

Google Garage - sign outside the maker space

The Google Garage has high ceilings and has plenty of tables to work. Not surprisingly, there are many computer monitors and a few 3-D printers. We made use of all the tables.

Google Garage - Bay Area Sewists in Googles maker space

In addition to the tables with the wood tops, there were taller white tables – in the foreground of the photo below. These tables had stools for sitting.

Google Garage - maker space tables

In the back of the space is this area with a few sewing machines and sergers. There were also many other sewing machines in a locked cabinet. The Google artwork on this wall is actually a photo of tools spelling out Google.

Sewing machines and sergers at Google Garage maker space

Here’s a spray-painted sign inside the maker space. As you might be able to tell, it’s the hood of a car.

Google Garage sign in the maker space in Mountain View

I brought a couple of things to work on at the Google Garage – fitting the back of my Flint pants (they were a little baggy in the back) and cutting an A-line skirt from a pattern I drafted when I made the lining for this skirt. I shared this table with Shontai, who was cutting out a PDF pattern.

Google Garage - sewing project

We were also fortunate to have several giveaways from Fabrix in San Francisco, courtesy of Bay Area Sewists member Annetta who works at Fabrix. She brought many two-yard cuts for us, which you can see in the photo below. Here she is telling us about the store, which carries discounted designer fabrics. She says you’ll find a lot of stuff priced at $2.89 or $3.99 a yard – and there’s even a $0.99 table.

Annetta from Fabrix - showing the range of fabrics and trims available there

I have not been to this store yet, mostly because it’s a long trip via public transportation. Now I really want to check it out. At those prices, you could get quite a lot of fabric for $20.

Towards the end of our Google Garage meetup, we had a raffle and four winners got to have first pick of the fabrics, with the first winner choosing four fabrics, the next three, and then two and then one. Annetta also had various coupons for yardage and notions at Fabrics.

Ali won first pick. Here she is choosing her fabrics. After the winners made their picks, all the other fabrics were up for grabs. See the fabric with the circle design? I got that quilt-weight fabric. I think it could be a fun summer skirt.

Fabric from Fabrix in San Francisco

Here’s a close up of some of the fabrics.

Fabric from Fabrix in San Francisco

These are all trims and collars from Annetta’s collection, which she got at Fabrix. She brought them to show the range of trims there.

Trims from Fabrix in San Francisco

Here’s the photo Marilyn took of me introducing Annetta. I’m in the center of the photo in front of the wood wall. To the right of the wood wall is the entrance to the sewing area with machines and sergers.

Google Garage - sewing machines and sergers available for employees

And here’s the group photo. We had a great time at the Google Garage!

Sew Together at Google Garage in Mountain View

If you live in the Bay Area and would like to join the group, visit the meetup page here to see past and upcoming monthly meetups.  We have fabric and pattern swaps as well as fitting meetups. It’s free to join for the first 90 days. We typically meet in Berkeley, San Francisco, and occasionally in the South Bay.

Do you participate in any sewing meetups? What do you usually do at your meetups?

Bay Area Sewists - Sew Together meetup at the Google Garage in Mountain View

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2 Responses to “Sewing at the Google Garage with Bay Area Sewists”

  1. May 28, 2017 at 7:55 am #

    One day I will actually join you all at a meetup! It looks like a great day was had. I’ve got to check out Fabrix! Sounds like my kind of place 🙂

    • May 30, 2017 at 4:52 pm #

      Hope to see you soon! It was a lot of fun. Fabrix certainly sounds like a great place to browse and find some hidden gems.

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