The thin metallic needle flew up and down as Emery Kordower’s slender fingers guided the black and white fabric beneath. It’s now routine for the 6 of 11and grader in Carlsbad. This routine has saved lives.
Kordower said she never sewed anything before the pandemic.
“I just wanted to try something new,” she explained.
The girl borrowed an old sewing machine from the family and learned how to use it by watching videos on YouTube. Kordower said she taught herself how to make masks, dog scarves, scrunchies and bags. She ended up making hundreds of dollars selling her products on a website she launched. Kordower then reinvested.
“I bought this new sewing machine and it also helps pay for my website,” she said as she sat behind the new brother sewing machine.
However, the Aviara Oaks Middle School student didn’t invest the rest of her profits in a shopping spree.
“I could go and spend the money I’ve made from my business on something that, yeah, I probably won’t even use or need,” she shrugged. “I just feel like I don’t need it as much as other kids.”
In less than two years, Kordower has donated more than $1,000 to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.
“It just made me happy to do it and happy not to waste my money on junk that I’ll never use,” she smiled. “They can actually use the money to help their patients, to help people get better.”
Kordower said she currently donates at least half of her profits to the hospital. She said she would like to increase that number to 75% as her business grows.