Gail

I got word yesterday that Gail had passed. Gail. I saw her face before my eyes. Full of light. Always so full of light. Gail became a volunteer with the Sewing Machine Project several years ago. She loved tinkering with old sewing machines. Not much use for the high...

My heart sings

I just heard from Annette who taught our most recent local sewing class. Working with a group of 8 beginning sewers, Annette and the volunteers who helped her were bubbling with excitement, clearly a reflection of the enthusiasm of the group they taught. A celebration...

It takes a village

We do not live in a vacuum. We are here to interact with one another. We are here to lift one another up and walk alongside one another. This is so true for The Sewing Machine Project. We exist because an idea was lifted up and people felt its power. Individuals and...

20–The Chief and the Queen

“You’ll want to get in touch with Queen Rukiya and Chief Howard”, Cherice advised. We’d been working together for several years and, ever the teacher, Cherice felt it would be helpful, expansive, for me to meet other members of the community,...

Focus on Donors: Erika Barratt Design

The phone call from Erika Barratt came out of the blue. Driving along in rural Arkansas, on a sewing machine delivery trip, I picked up my phone to hear Erika’s lyrical voice. She introduced herself and told me a little bit about her business. Her description...

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