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While sewing has gained in popularity this year among homespun hobbies, it's gone beyond making face coverings. Young adults have helped press that seaming interest by learning to sew to reinvent thrift store material, do crafts or simply fix what they have. But buying a basic sewing machine in Spokane has remained challenging.
When the pandemic shut down businesses in mid-March, people who ran sewing stores, sold sewing machines and did workshops were in a panic about how they would stay afloat.
Giving up the commute from Colville to Spokane will make Vickie Black’s car happy, but the customers of Sew E-Z Too will be sad because they will be losing a local niche business that knew how to deliver.
Crafters armed with sewing machines are helping medical personnel and first responders by making masks at home.
Facing a shortage of medical face masks, a Cheney facility with both skilled-care and assisted-living services has asked nearby residents to sew home-made versions of the protective gear.
After 20-some years of sewing clothes for homeless children, the Helping Hands Sewing Group has noticed some changes.
Hemp fabric is antimicrobial, antibacterial, hypo-allergenic, thermo-regulating, naturally pest-resistant and UV-resistant.
It was called the “The Sewing Circle,” an unlikely name for a secret subsect of Navy SEALs. Its purpose was even more improbable: A chat forum to discuss alleged war crimes they said their chief, a decorated sniper and medic, committed on a recent tour of duty in Iraq.
The diamond necklace sparkling around Arline Whitney’s neck wasn’t any brighter than the happy twinkle in her eyes as she showed fellow fabric artists her prize. Whitney, a former Othello, Wash., resident now living in Greenacres, won it when her name was drawn this summer in a national Husqvarna Viking sewing machine company contest.
“baabaazuzu: Some kind of warm and wonderful” I first stumbled onto baabaazuzu woolens in Whitefish, Mont. The colorful one-of-a-kind mittens piled in a basket at a downtown shop were hard to ignore.
Sew an apron following this easy tutorial.