‘Stitch it Up’ shop mixes business and fun

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Robin Rasmussen, owner of Stitch It Up sewing shop in Iron Mountain, sits with one of the many Brother Innovis sewing machines she has to offer customers. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News Photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN — Sure, being an accountant and tax preparer will provide a steady income.

But the results of your work don’t look as good put up on the wall or across a bed as a handmade quilt.

Which is why Robin Rasmussen decided in November 2016 to follow her passion for sewing by opening Stitch It Up shop at 332 S. Stephenson Ave. in Iron Mountain

“I really enjoyed doing accounting,” she said, “but this is more fun.”

Stitch It Up carries Brother Innovis sewing machines and Sebo vacuum cleaners. They are the only Sebo dealer in the Upper Peninsula, she said.

Linda Anderson works on her “Block of the Month” quilt at Stitch It Up in Iron Mountain.

Rasmussen’s shop also offers a wide array of fabrics and notions, such as rolling totes, bags, pre-cut fabric kits, embroidery threads, blanks, blank towels and stabilizers, scissors, needles, starches, pro smart irons, cutting mats and superior heavy-duty thread stands.

They also provide quilting and embroidery classes and sewing machine repair.

Classes take place in the shop all year long, with “Nine-Patch Madness” and “Block of the Month” now in session. The latter class is a year-long commitment, as they make a new block each month and sew them together and quilt them at the end of the year. The pattern Card Trick is coming in May.

“We have an embroidery club that meets and a free-motion club that meets; we have a nice group of ladies that come together for that,” she said. “We have lots of fun and exciting things that are happening here.”

Rasmussen formerly operated Glaze-Paint Your Own Pottery Studio in the space next to Grayson & Co. Jewelers, a business owned by her daughter, Katie Schultz. She and husband Jeff Rasmussen have two other children, Mark and Mike Rasmussen.

Here's an example of a “Block of the Month” quilt made during a year long class at Stitch It Up.

“My daughter was moving to the mall with her jewelry store and I thought it was an opportunity to open up the sewing machine store,” Rasmussen said.

While she started out running both the pottery studio and the sewing machine shop, she eventually decided to close Glaze because it was seasonal.

“Stitch It Up was growing and growing and growing and I really needed the space for classroom, fabric and supplies,” she said, adding, “It’s been phenomenal.”

Theresa Proudfit can be reached at 906-774-2772, ext. 45, or tproudfit@ironmountaindailynews.com.