Monthly round up May | Madam Sew

Monthly round up May

So what’s new in the sewing community? Here’s a monthly round-up of some news of what’s happening in the vibrant sewing community across the globe!

As soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released that personal cloth masks were effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19, Bath resident Rachel Prescott got to work.

Using the pattern the CDC released and two layers of cotton fabric in fun, colorful prints, Prescott started by making masks for herself, then for some family and friends.

Before she knew it, her friends started requesting masks for their friends, and demand exploded. She sells them for $5 each through her Facebook page, Rachel’s Creations! She’s also giving away masks for free to frontline workers or those who may not be able to afford one.

Since early March, dispatchers Carrie Cline and Cindy Sullivan have been sewing masks during their downtime at work. They work the midnight shift as fire and EMS dispatchers for the City of Green.

"I think people are afraid to go to the hospital, so it seems to have slowed down just a little bit," said Cline. "It feels good, I like helping people, that's the job so I feel like that just kind of just fits in with everything else."

Recently during this COVID 19 Pandemic, resident Dot Morris (back left) received some quilt pieces from a ladies group at her church.

This group of ladies have a ministry that sew lap quilts for the elderly who are sick and homebound. Dot was able to sew a couple of rows together but little did she know she wouldn’t be able to finish this project, having to be hospitalized and spend time in rehab. She had told her roommate Edna Price (pictured sewing) of her plans for the quilt pieces.

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A University of Rhode Island student is going above and beyond to help children battling childhood cancer and their families.

"All day I get up, do my summer classes, [and] work on my masks. Sometimes [I] forget to eat lunch [and] then work on my masks some more," said Hornung.

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I recently purchased your sewing machine light and fabric markers that disappear with the iron. I can hardly wait to they arrive! The ad was through Instagram by the way.

As of today I’ve made over 1000 masks! I’ve donated many to Hospice, retirement homes, my favorite takeout restaurant employees and my doctors offices. I’ve also sold some in my neighborhood offering free delivery. Because of the pandemic I am out of work and it helps to pay my rent. I’m not solicit orders. I only make mask for people in my neighborhood. Recently I joined a Facebook group called Keep Austin Masked. They provide pre-cut fabric for the sewers which is awesome because my neck and shoulders have been feeling the strain from rotary cutting. I find it very cathartic to make mask during these trying times. When I’m on a Mission to help people I don’t worry about what we’re all going through as much. Everyone take care and be safe💕
Janet B

Can anyone show how to do a sewing machine cover?


Have made over 100 masks and have given most of them away .

Joanne Libby

I agree with Sue. I have been making masks for myself, family, friends and co workers!

Susie OConnell

Quilters and sewists are quick to step up and help wherever their skills and stashes can be utilized. Wonderful to see these ladies getting recognition. This has occurred throughout the world. Masks have been homemade and sold and/or donated by the millions at this point. “Never underestimate the power of a woman with a sewing machine.”😁

Sue Walker

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