We passionately believe...

…in the possibility a sewing machine embodies.

We believe that everyone has the power to make the world
a better place.

So we share sewing machines–
creating partnerships, strengthening community, and
nurturing the creative spirit.

We Collect And Donate Used Sewing Machines

 

  1. Regionally, we offer sewing classes and machines to those whose lives may be enhanced by this new tool offering them a creative means to move forward.
  2. Nationally, we have worked extensively in the Gulf Coast beginning with groups affected by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. More recently, we have touched many lives nationally, shipping more than 1200 machines to folks across the country over the past 10 years.
  3. Internationally, we’ve sent machines and supplies to women’s cooperatives and other groups in Mexico, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, India, El Salvador, Guatemala and Liberia helping people in those areas to start small collectives and improve their lives through the art of sewing.

Machines Donated Since 2005

Dollars Raised In 2014

What’s been happening lately?


Joy

The turnaround was fast. We heard from the First Immanuel Lutheran church about their upcoming visit to Guatemala. Could they have some machines to take along? International donations, we’ve learned, are tricky. It forces us as an organization to face what is... read more

One more class

It might have been because a couple of students had missed one class and needed to make one up but what really seemed to be happening was that the students couldn’t get enough of sewing. “Just one more class?” they asked Rebecca. And of course she... read more

Hope and Gratitude

It’s a chilly day here in Wisconsin and there is a box that has been shifting around in the back of my car for about a week now. Boxes arrive at our neighborhood post office for The Sewing Machine Project on a regular basis– a yellow card in my PO Box... read more

The Sewing Machine Project’s Mission is to collect and distribute sewing machines to groups committed to using the machines to learn new skills, build self-confidence and potentially contribute to their own livelihood as well as the well-being of their families and communities.

Donate Machines

If you have a sewing machine or serger that you no longer need, please consider donating it to The Sewing Machine Project. Please make sure your machine is portable and in good working order.
Drop Off Locations

Donate Time

Volunteers are the backbone of The Sewing Machine Project. Our family of volunteers lend their hands not only in preparing machines for shipment and helping to keep us organized but also with education, editing, consulting, and documenting. We’d love it if you would consider lending your expertise to our team!

Yes! I'd like to Volunteer

Donate Money

Money donated to the Sewing Machine Project goes to supporting the organizing, preparation, and shipping of machines along with supporting our local classes and national curriculum. Every bit counts. You can even make a donation in honor of a sewer you love through our Forget Me Not program.
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Help Us Mend Communities

This Project wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations of individuals and businesses. The Sewing Machine Project is a qualified 501(c)3 organization and your donation is tax deductible. You will receive a letter confirming your donation. Please show your support by making your tax-deductible donation today.

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