The Pay it Forward program is an important part of The Sewing Machine Project. It is our belief that the best way to say “thank you” for a machine is to give a few volunteer hours rebuilding one’s own community. We encourage each machine recipient to pay it forward in his or her own way. Some people teach others to sew, some sew for others, some share their machine, and some find ways we haven’t even thought of to share their gifts. This not only gives our work a ripple effect but also sends the message that everyone has the power to mend their own community.