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About Passap USA
As is the case with so many hand knitters, the thought of knitting faster and completing a project sooner prompted Tammy's interest in a magazine ad for a knitting machine in 1982. After purchasing a knitting machine she fell in love with machine knitting. When the computer company she worked for closed in 1995, Tammy decided to start a home business. Her involvements with machine knitting naturally lead her to becoming a Brother/KnitKing dealer.
At a local machine knitters' club meeting in 1998, Tammy met local knitwear designer, Fern Wayne, http://www.fernwayne.com/. When asked by Fern to become a Passap E6000 production knitter, Tammy leaped at the idea of getting paid to perfect her machine knitting skills. Shortly thereafter Tammy became a production knitter for another Pennsylvania knitwear designer, Rae Gold. This past February both knitwear designers showed their knitwear at the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Craft Show. In November 2007, Rae Gold again show her knitwear at the 31st Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, in Philadelphia, PA. Both Fern and Rae's knitwear designs sell for hundreds of dollars and are of the highest craftsmanship that they can qualify for these prestigious craft shows.
In 2002, Tammy moved her home business to her shop at 44 North Main Street in Spring City, PA. She named her store Knit and Sew. Opening a storefront business when machine-knitting manufacturers just as Brother and Passap decided to stop manufacturing new machines was a bold move. When Tammy came to the US in the late Sixties, she proved she was a risk taker. As a risk taker, Tammy together with the Machine Knitters Guild of PA decided to co-sponsor their first seminar together. Like many machine knitters, Tammy attended many seminars and thought about the seminar elements she liked or would change. In another bold move, Tammy envisioned a seminar where more time would be spent on demonstrating and the seminar would revolve around a theme. This was the basis for the Spring City Knitters/Machine Knitting Guild of PA's having 2-1/2 length sessions and contributed to our seminar theme of "The Garment."