We passionately believe...

…in the possibility a sewing machine embodies.

We passionately believe...

…in the possibility a sewing machine embodies.

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 offer the tools and skills necessary to enhance lives through sewing


  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 2015

What’s been happening lately?

Katie’s buttons travel to Cuba

Katie Schultz Stout. Her name makes me smile. Katie was one of the very first members of The Sewing Machine Project board of directors. Wise, funny, compassionate--Katie was a clear, kind voice on the board for 8 years. And Katie gave her heart and soul to the...

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Begin and end with gratitude

It's December and to many nonprofit organizations that means asking for donations. The Sewing Machine Project is no exception. We exist on the donations of individuals and small foundations around the country...without them we simply would not be. And so, today, I am...

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So long, dear Katie

Today we say good bye to Katie Schultz Stout. I got to know Katie through our mutual work at Hans Sewing Center. Katie taught sewing of every kind imaginable. A teacher and a learner, if Katie didn't know how to make something, she delighted in figuring it out. When I...

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The Sewing Machine Project’s Mission is to offer sewing tools and education to groups committed to learning new skills, building self-confidence and potentially contributing 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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