The story is fascinating and you can read more about it HERE. Be sure to click the link on the article to view the second page where more images are shown.
I wanna go sew with this guy!
Excerpt from the article:
On the 15th of every month, Michael Swaine trundles into San Francisco's Tenderloin district with a cart-mounted sewing machine—the old-fashioned kind, which you can only operate by means of a treadle.
Setting up shop in a reclaimed alley known as the "Tenderloin National Forest," as he has for the past 12 years, Swaine offers his services as a tailor, mending whatever clothing the neighborhood's residents bring him for free.
A performance artist, an inventor, and a professor of ceramics at the California College of Arts, Swaine sees opportunities for change everywhere.
His current ambition is the construction of a free "mending library," a place for "fixing the holes in our lives...to borrow thread and sewing machines and talk about life.”
This treadle-lovin’ girl thinks Michael Swaine ROCKS!
I’m back to my room after a wonderful Oklahoma Backroads workshop – a round of antique shopping ((Just wait until you see what I saw!)) and dinner out – holy cow did we get an amazing show of thunder and lightening and the biggest downpour EVER!