The sewing machine shop that sells the sewing machines for men and women to make things from scratch.
“I think it’s the most unique sewing store I’ve ever been to,” said Karolyn Grew, who came to New Zealand from Australia when she was nine years old.
“I can’t even explain what it’s like to go there.
They’re just so relaxed and it’s so good to be there.”
Ms Grew has been using her sewing machine to make a range of items from bags and clothing to scarves and scarves for friends and family.
“They’ve really taken the time to make me feel like I have something to give back to them,” she said.
“And it’s a really good feeling to give something back.”
The shop, on Wellington’s south shore, is the first sewing machine store in the country to be opened by a family.
The shop is run by the Grews, who have three sons, six daughters and two grandchildren.
“It’s a great way for us to get our kids into sewing, and I think it will also give them a great opportunity to start their own businesses,” Karoline Grew said.
The shop has a large variety of items including scarves, hats, scarves bags and scarve cloths.
“The first thing you’ll see on the shelves are things that I’ve made myself.
You’ll see patterns and things that have been used in other businesses,” Ms Grew explained.”
That’s something that I really love about sewing.
I like to be able to share my work with others and see if they can relate to it.”‘
It’s all about the art’The shop also carries an array of handmade crafts, including a number of designs from her family.
Mr Grew and his wife, Michelle, have been making their own products for about two decades.
“We’ve been making these things for a long time, but now we’re at the point where we’re able to produce it ourselves,” he said.
Ms Graw’s son, Jacob, has also been making the same items for about four years.
“He’s a very strong kid, and it helps me a lot because he can’t be too busy,” she laughed.
“As soon as he finishes making his own things, I can take them to my son and he’ll be proud.”
The Grew’s have also opened a clothing boutique and they plan to have a clothing line called “The Maven”.
“The Marnings have been really lucky to have our family around for the past six or seven years,” Mr Grew laughed.
But he has been working full time on the sewing machine business since moving to New York.
“Because I’m so busy and we don’t have time for a lot of things we make, I feel really comfortable making all of our own stuff,” he explained.
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