We all have our favourite FABRIC store and mine is PANICOs in Stockton-on-Tees. It’s a long way from where I live but I have close family who live in the area so PANICOs becomes my ‘go to’ place whenever I visit. So, as you can guess, I’m super excited that PANICOs has re-opened.
A year ago I had the great pleasure of becoming the UKQU.co.uk ambassador for PANICOs. My first ‘ambassador’ blog was to promote the Moda, Sarah’s Story fabric range kindly provided by them. I took the quilt top along with me to the Great Northern Show (Harrogate) so they could display it on their stall. I can’t believe how rapidly that time has passed!
Every retailer has to provide COVID friendly shopping, but, PANICOs has taken this to the next level. Each time I have been able to visit when lockdown restrictions meant they were able to be open to the public I have seen changes within the shop to ensure the health and safety of the customer and staff alike. Well, that’s to be expected I hear you say, and I agree. However, from the first lockdown PANICO’s have ensured that their customers were, and still are, at the heart of what they do. You only have to read their reviews to see that Carl and his staff have delivered locally to their customers, collected sewing machines that needed servicing, loaned an Overlocker machine so scrubs could be made for the James Cook University Hospital, sponsored a student with threads and beads, click and collect, the list is endless!
PANICOs is not just there for fabric sales, it’s a huge treasure trove for a wide range of crafts; knitting, sewing, crochet, quilting and the haberdashery to go with it too. It even boasts a small café with the most delightful cakes and coffee, tea and light snacks. It boasts an amazing array of fabric at prices affordable for all and they make up their own Fat Quarter packs to sell in the shop too. I’ve not really looked too closely at their other fabric and wool ranges as it takes me all my time to look at the cotton fabric for quilting!
Before lockdown restrictions PANICOs was a hive of activity; knit and natter groups, workshops for young and old alike. When I popped in one Saturday morning there was one lone knitter sat a table, a group of young children in the back rooms sewing away (our next generation of quilters) and, by the time I’d browsed and chosen my fabric, the lone knitter had been joined by several others. I’m sure those will be back in the mix when things change for us all. I know if I lived close by, I’d be joining one the workshops on offer, reviving my knitting and definitely learning how to crochet properly!
PANICOs is also the STOCKTON SEWING MACHINE CENTRE, generally there are sewing machines on display with some you can have a go on if you want to get the feel of one.
I often see Carl sitting in the shop servicing machines when I’ve popped in. I’ve even taken in a friend’s sewing machine to be serviced on a Saturday and collected it on the Monday. Without asking, Carl’s son insisted on carrying it to my car in the nearby parking area, now there’s customer service for you! There are several reviews about the quality of support and service provided by PANICOs so don’t just take my word for it.
I feel extremely lucky to be PANICOs UQKU.co.uk ambassador. As well as the review on Sarah’s Story I also been able to review the fabulous fabrics, Moda Ombre Bloom range and My Redwork Garden. Click on the links below if you would like to see what was made:
In the recent Sewing Awards 2020 PANICOs were awarded Highly Commended for the Best Independent Haberdashery Shop (North East) and very well deserved it is too.
I briefly mentioned about the wonderful customer service, it really is a special place with great people looking after their local and wider community. Friendly, knowledgeable and very responsive to requests via their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/panicosfabrics You only have to check out their reviews to see what I mean.
Finally, a huge thank you to PANICO’s and to ukqu.co.uk for linking us up together.
It really is like an Aladdin’s cave, so check out what they have to offer so if you are in Stockton the pop in and mention this lovely website.
Happy sewing everyone.