Seattle Factory Photos: Meet Kieu, Mo-Fong, and Tao

TOM BIHN Imago reviewed by Whatever

Kieu specializes with our bartack machine. Bartacking is a very efficient way to add extra reinforcement to stress area. We use a lot of bartacks.

TOM BIHN Imago reviewed by Whatever

Mo-Fong uses the Double Needle and Single Needle sewing machines and is also an expert at setting zippers.

TOM BIHN Imago reviewed by Whatever

Tao is an expert at Binding. She binds the inside seams of our bags, which prevents them from fraying (and they look nice too.) Tao also makes the handles of bags such as the Shop Bag.

Seattle Factory Photos: Meet Ying, Candi, and Lulu

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory

Ying specializes with the single needle sewing machine and works on sub-assemblies, like building pockets. In this photo, she’s working on the sub-assembly of the Checkpoint Flyer.

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory

Candi works with the single needle sewing machine. In the above photo, she’s adding the drawstring hem to the Yarn Stuff Sacks.

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory

Lulu is a part of our Quality Assurance and Final Inspection crew. In this photo, she’s trimming loose threads off of Padded Organizer Pouches.

Seattle Factory Photo: Lisa and Lee

Lisa and Lee at the new TOM BIHN Seattle Factory
Lisa (Sewing Supervisor) and Lee (Findings Lead) at our new Seattle factory.

Photos: First Day of Production At New Seattle Location

Today is our first day of production at our new Seattle factory and company headquarters.

TOM BIHN: First Day of Production At New Seattle Location

RuDi, Joiner.

TOM BIHN: SFirst Day of Production At New Seattle Location
Lee, Findings Lead.

TOM BIHN: First Day of Production At New Seattle Location
Irma, Fabric Cutter.

Photos: Shipping Room, Tom Drives Our New Forklift

Not too many new photos today — we were busy unpacking.

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle
A Medium Cafe Bag in Conifer stocked in our new shipping room.

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle
Tom sets off to move some stuff with our new forklift.

Photos: We’re all moved in. Now we begin unpacking.

More photos tomorrow as we unpack…

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle

The move is going well — more photos later today.

We think everything will be moved in to our new Seattle location by this evening. Stay tuned for more photos.

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle

Tom and Mark of Bowie Electric go over plans for powering the machines.

Photos: Our move to a new location is underway

We’re moving as I type this — and we won’t be done until late tomorrow. Then the unpacking and setting up really begins. Thanks to everyone involved, the move is going really well. We’ll share more photos over the weekend.

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle

Tom surveying the new Seattle factory location — the first sewing machines have just been moved in.

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle

Robb Joyce of A.R. Joyce Remodel, INC., our contractor, adding a vent.

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle

Bernie of Bowie Electric adding lighting above the sewing machine area.

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle

Hansen Brothers Moving boxes.

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle

The first rolls of fabric to arrive. Our new fabric rack system is going to be pretty cool — we can’t wait to show you.

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle
The first sewing machines to arrive at our new location.

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle
Robb with his Boston Terrier Darby.

Reminder: We’re closed tomorrow (Friday, 01/21) while we move

TOM BIHN Customer Service and Shipping will be closed tomorrow — Friday, January 21st — while we move to our new factory and company headquarters location in the Gerogetown district of Seattle. All orders received Friday will be shipped on Monday, January 24th.

Keep checking back: we’ll be posting photos of the moving process all weekend on this blog as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle

Bowie Electric installs wiring for the Q&A station in our new location.

We’re moving our factory.

TOM BIHN Seattle Factory moving... to Seattle
We’re moving our factory this week. Overseas? No way! We’re moving to a larger location just two miles south of where we’ve been in Seattle. It’s brighter, has better parking for both our staff and visitors, and our new Factory Showroom/Retail Store will be twice the size of our previous store. The extra space means we can fit more sewing machines and fabric (more custom colors coming soon) and hire more staff for our factory (less backordered items . . at least for a while.)

We’re excited about our move and can’t wait to invite all of you to visit our new space. Moving our entire operation is complicated: Shipping and Customer Service will be closed on Friday, January 21st and we will spend the weekend moving and setting up. All orders received after 12:30pm on Thursday, January 20th will be shipped on Monday, January 24th when we reopen. The new Seattle Factory Showroom/Retail Store will open later in February or March.

Expect photos early next week of our new factory space.