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Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Center

Contact: James Meissner, Owner
Work 2417 Cormorant Way Sacramento CA 95815 Work Phone: 916-921-2121 Website: Meissner Sewing and Vacuum Center


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In 1930, Ernest Robert Meissner founded his industrial sewing machine business in the Los Angeles area. At the time, California’s garment industry was booming, with more than 900 manufacturers and 28,000 workers. Thanks in part to the movie industry, California fashion has always found plenty of buyers and its garment industry flourished until the lure of cheap foreign labor drew many manufacturers overseas.

Keeping the garment industry humming was the company’s main focus when Ernest’s son William (Bill) came into the business. Bill moved the business to Sacramento in 1958, where the family lived upstairs from its Victorian storefront between 20th and P Streets. The industrial side of the business continued to prosper as Bill and Myrtle Meissner expanded into the home-sewing business, gaining a loyal base of customers throughout the Sacramento area.

When Bill Meissner retired in 1982, Jim took over the family business, moved the company to its current headquarters at Business 80 and El Camino Avenue, and erected the giant needle and thread. Today the company’s needle in the sky serves as a Sacramento landmark and a testament to the Meissner family’s more than 85 years in the sewing business.


In an age when technology so often takes the place of human interaction, we strongly believe that selling only products proven to be leaders in our industry and delivering exceptional one-to-one service ensures you’ll enjoy working with us for many years.

Family-owned and operated since 1930, we are the largest sewing machine company in Northern California, with the best selection of the industry’s top brands. But that’s just the beginning of what sets us apart.

Visit our website and explore the many, many reasons why people choose Meissner.

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