Sew Local creates sewing kits for Sudbury’s vulnerable population

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Local businesses learned that the sewing kits could really make a difference for vulnerable populations in Sudbury, so they asked their customers for donations

A family business owned by April and Marja Lafreimallman, and operated with the help of their children, Sew Local Stitch Lounge is part fabric store and part teaching studio.

Based in Copper Cliff, the shop is a safe and friendly space where people can come together to learn new skills and celebrate creativity.

Now they’re also supporting Sudbury’s vulnerable populations with an incredibly handy little gift: a sewing kit.

The owners told Sudbury.com via an email interview that they were approached by a community member who recently asked several new friends in the homeless community what they needed to help themselves. life.

“And very often,” the owners said, “the response they got was ‘sewing kits so I could mend my clothes.’ They asked if we could help them, and of course we wanted to. We asked our sewing community to browse their stock of sewing supplies and help us create 100 sewing kits.

Everyone passed.

The Sew Local Stitch Lounge team initially made a list of what they thought would be most useful and asked for hand sewing needles, good quality thread, safety pins, needle threaders, adhesive waterproof patches, buttons, small scissors, snaps and small plastic containers to hold them all.

“Our customers are so lovely and generous, so it’s no surprise that we started taking donations right away,” the Lafreimallmans said. “Everyone just wanted to share – and sewers are known for their huge collections of sewing supplies and their willingness to share their love of sewing. We had so many people donate.

A dear longtime customer whose mom recently passed away was able to donate a large bin full of her mom’s sewing supplies.

“It felt so meaningful to us,” the owners of Sew Local said. “We also had people donate money, which we used to buy the rest of the supplies at cost.”

They have now reached their goal of 100 sewing kits and plan to distribute them through Project Go-Give, a Sudbury-based outreach group.

Evie Ali of the Go-Give project told Sudbury.com that they were very happy to receive the message from Sew Local. “Not only are the sewing kits incredibly practical, but they also contain materials that can be used for beadwork and artwork,” she said.

Ali said they often collect fine needles and threads to help native customers with their traditional artwork, a wonderful opportunity for self-expression as well as an outlet for grief and despair.

Plus, they’re a great quick fix for those living in camps and, as you can imagine, the wear and tear of everyday items like backpacks, shoes, and clothing.

“We have so much ingenuity and creativity in our community that we know it will be put to good use, and we are so grateful to Sew Local for accommodating the unique needs of the people we work with,” said Ali.

For more information on Sew Local Stitch Lounge, visit their website here.

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