I love sleeping with the windows open when it’s still warm enough to do so, and though it is getting chillier at night, I love the smell of rain on the breeze coming through the window!
I’m up early this morning to head out toward Pennsylvania. By the looks of the weather there may be more rain, but the ipod is loaded up with books to play as I drive, and I don’t have to hurry – I just have to get there.
I’ve packed two quilts to bind/sleeve/label. I’ve packed the hexie that needs the last corner section added to the main piece now ----and as an after thought, I’m putting the pink/brown Dear Jane in the car ---if I get to it fine, if I don’t fine – with being gone this many nights I want to be sure that I don’t run out of projects! I think I am bringing more than I need to, but better too much than too little :cD
So many have asked how many machines I have. I honestly haven’t counted. I don’t need to know. But I do know what I will do with them when the time comes!
There is an organization called The Sewing Machine Project! They take donated machines and and distribute them to those in need, giving women a way to learn a skill and make a living.
From their website:
The Sewing Machine Project was conceived in March, 2005, following the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia. A BBC article on the internet gave painful details about a woman who had lost her sewing machine in the storm, a machine she’d saved for years to buy, and, in losing it, she lost her means of earning an income.
Margaret Jankowski, the founder of The Sewing Machine Project, began collecting donated sewing machines here in Wisconsin and shipping them to Sri Lanka. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in September 2005 The Sewing Machine Project’s focus shifted to that region. From 2006 to the present days, we have delivered sewing machines to individuals, schools and community centers in the greater New Orleans area. People are using them not only to rebuild their lives but also to start small sewing-related businesses.
The Sewing Machine Project now operates on a local, national and international level. Women’s sewing cooperatives in Kosovo, Mexico, Sri Lanka and Liberia are working with Sewing Machine Project machines. We continue our work in the Gulf Coast region as they continue to rebuild. Locally, we offer the Sewing Shares Lending Library, making sewing machines available on loan to community groups who do not have the resources to purchase machines. Additionally, in Dane County, we work with the newly immigrated Bhutanese community, offering sewing lessons and tools to create connections and to offer hope and possibility as they integrate into our community.It’s an amazing organization. They only take machines in good working condition with all necessary parts included.
You can read their BLOG and see how this project is helping!
And this is where my collecting comes in-- I will maintain these machines until such a time as I feel the need to downsize. I will leave instructions with my family that if anything should happen to me, that my machines be donated to this organization. It’s a way to pay it forward.
I’m already thinking of ones that would be good to part with and send on their way.
These following locations accept machines for this project:
20415 Highland Rd
Baton Rouge, La. 70817
Phone 225 383 9750
4027 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002-5501
Phone: (504) 888-4952
6612 Odana Road
Madison, WI 53719
6115 Odana Road
Madison, WI 53719
305 West Oakland Ave.
Johnson City, TN 37604
In the Wool
236 Washington Street
St. Croix Falls, WI 54024
Linda’s Sew ‘n’ So
216 W. Fayette Street
Celina, Ohio 45822
333 Beichl Ave
Beaver Dam, WI 53916
Patches and Petals13 W. Main Street
Belleville, WI 53508
Pamella’s PlaceS42 W31 230 State Rd. No. 107
Genesee Depot, WI 53127
14680 South Robert Trail
Rosemount, MN 55068
551 W. 78th Street
Chanhassen, MN 55317
If you live outside of these areas and wish to ship your working sewing machine, please package it carefully (double boxing with plenty of padding) and send it to:
The Sewing Machine Project
PO Box 6245
Monona, WI 53716
And with that…..off I go to PA! Catch you from the road!