Mexico

Mexico

The ladies of Rancho la Joya in Mexico are a resilient bunch. The land that supports and sustains them is rocky and dry with a beating sun that will send you running for shade. I was fortunate to visit in 2012 after my sweet friend, Cherie shined a light on them for... read more
Thank you, Bernina!

Thank you, Bernina!

We kind of have a “thing” going with Bernina. I guess you could say we’re “in a relationship” although I haven’t updated our Facebook status. But over the years, Bernina has been incredibly kind to The Sewing Machine Project. Back... read more
Our Work in May Brava!

Our Work in May Brava!

The May 2015 issue of Brava magazine is chock-a-block full of great articles. The feature piece is on “Living Local, Thinking Global” and offers brief stories about Madison women who are working on projects that reach beyond our borders. I was so thrilled... read more
Where they’re headed

Where they’re headed

The Sewing Machine Project board met this past Tuesday. Typically we meet monthly but due to scheduling issues, it had been two. So there was lots to do, lots to catch up on. Most importantly, we needed to review 7 applications for sewing machines. This is truly the... read more
Connections part II: Ideas

Connections part II: Ideas

I ran into my friend, Lois while biking this morning. Circling back in recognition, we stopped, removed our ear buds and embraced. Catching up, Lois told me about a friend who is connected to a group in Africa dedicated to women’s empowerment. They are adding a... read more
Connection

Connection

The email arrived like so many others, “I have a sewing machine to donate. I’d like more information.” And my reply was like so many others, “here’s a link to our website where there is information on collection sites. Thank you so... read more
In our own small ways

In our own small ways

I’d guess that most of us scan the internet in the morning. I know I do, after coffee and a little inspirational reading, I’m scanning the news, Facebook, my email to open the door and let the world in to my solitude. And so often it’s a... read more
Knowing who we are.

Knowing who we are.

We are updating The Sewing Machine Project brochure. Our logo has changed, our colors have changed, and so much has been done–it’s time to update our face out there! But as I write the copy for this brochure I find that I keep sitting back and looking to... read more
Help when we need it

Help when we need it

This is Brian. He is a facilities manager over at Madison Gas and Electric, where we store some of our machines and from where we launch pallets of machines hither and yon. I’ve known Brian for a few years now–can’t even remember when or how we... read more

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