Tuesday, March 22, 2011

darn. knit. {anyway}

About, oh, a year-and-a-half ago, my mom's friend gave me her old sewing machine when she got a new one. She knew that I had been wanting one, and I was so excited to receive it! I had quite a number of projects and ideas building up, and just needed a sewing machine to complete them.

Oh, and I also needed to learn how to use it.

So all those projects and ideas waited... and waited... until yesterday. I had recently discovered this fantastic store in Stillwater, Minnesota called darn.knit.{anyway}. (Check it out - so cute!)

Yesterday, they were offering a sewing class where you could bring your own machine in and learn how to use it. Perfect!

I had a fantastic teacher who showed me what I needed to know to work my machine, and then we got going on one of my projects: hemming some curtains!

I found these wonderful curtains at an antique store I love going to. They are most definitely homemade (love!) and it wasn't until I was buying them that I realized that they were two different lengths. Drastically so. But no more!

I cut and pinned and ironed and finally sewed! On my machine!

I didn't think to take a 'before' photo of the two different lengths, but I will show an 'after' when I get them hung. For sure.

And no visit to Stillwater is complete without stopping in at Tremblay's Sweet Shop for some of their salt water taffy...

...and visiting a few of the numerous antique shops. Here's just a sneak peek at some treasures that came home with me:

It was a wonderful outing, and now you can be sure you'll see more machine sewing around these parts before long!


  1. Oh all looks lovely and what a great idea, someone holding classes for you to learn how to use your machine! =)

  2. Oh what a super idea for a class. So much better to learn on your own machine. And even better when you can treat yourself to some yummy sweets afterwards!

    Will look forward to seeing the hemmed curtains!

    K x

  3. Hi! I found your blog via soulemama and was so excited to see you highlighting a store near the twin cities. I've lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan for 15 years and it looks like we'll be making a move to Minneapolis this summer. What can you tell me about living in the twin cities? I'm nervous to leave my amazing community but keep hearing great things about Minnesota.

    My husband brought a knitting machine to our marriage and I, too, have been having great fun learning its ins and outs. I'm excited about having great fabric stores nearby - we have none in Ann Arbor.


  4. did you happen to see rose mille too? LOVE that place.... ;)


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