Cold weather has me bringing sweaters out of storage and noticing holes that must have developed over the summer. Rather than toss, donate or wear only around the house, I got them repaired at a tailor shop. It's more difficult to find tailors who still offer the service but some do.
Sweaters can be re-woven with extra yarn from the same sweater (often included in a small plastic pouch at the time of purchase) or sewn with needle and thread. It generally costs more to re-weave a sweater because of the extra labor, said Bernadette St. Amant of White Bear Lake, who does repairs and knits sweaters by request.
Here are several local sources that repair sweaters.
Tom's Tailors (672 Grand Av., St. Paul, 651-222-5953; 783 Radio Dr., Woodbury, 651-739-1664) charges about $12 and up.
Tailors on Blake (5706 W. 36th St., St. Louis Park, 952-933-6585) charges about $6 to $25 for stitched repairs. Re-knit repairs start at $29.
Perfect Fit by Marina (597 N. Snelling Av., St. Paul, 651-646-0111 ) is an alterations shop that also repairs small and large holes. Prices range from $12 to $50.
Bernadette St. Amant of White Bear Lake has been knitting for more than 30 years and repairs Dale of Norway sweaters for a store in Rochester, Minn.. She charges a minimum of $15 for small holes and more for larger ones. Call 651-341-5853. Sweaters can be dropped off or mailed.