Good morning!   How are you today? I hope you are withstanding all the crazy storm madness which has thankfully slowed down a bit it seems. This too shall pass, so hang in tight and don’t forget to breathe.  Can you hear me alright? Okay then, let’s get this contest going.

People keep asking me what I am doing about helping those in Texas, Florida and surrounding areas who have been adversely affected by the storms. That is a great question that I too keep asking myself and I think I have finally found the answer. Yeah, I could make donations as I have already done. I could send blankets and food which I have already done too. But most anyone could do those sort of things. But you know me, I like to beat to my own drum and do my own thing. With that, I am going to go out on a limb and try something, well…..unique. Call me crazy, but here goes.

As I mentioned in a very recent blog post, I was going to give away the sewing machines that my good friend Joanne Hubbard donated. By the way, Joanne is my BlogFF (BFF). I digress. So yeah, the sewing machines. Aside from offering the machines from Joanne, Brewer is generously donating a machine for the giveaway from their Eversewn brand. But that just isn’t enough for me.  You know what I am saying? That would be around 5 machines and I want to do more….way more. Why the heck not? People are suffering and I want to do what I can to ease the pain, even if it is just a little bit and helps to put a smile on someone’s face. I am sure you are wondering what am I going to do. So let me tell you already and stop blabbing away.

I called my new friend Philipp Ueltschi, the Brand Manager of Sewing Machines at Brewer (his brand is EverSewn), and he kindly agreed to sell me machines at a special discounted price for my self proclaimed great cause. These are machines that retail for $200-$400. After I give away the 5 or so machines that I already have, I am going to start giving away BRAND NEW machines on a weekly basis for an indefinite time period. Yes, you are hearing me correctly. Now hear this one more time! I am going to buy machines, a lot of machines, and give them away for F—R—-E—-EEEEEE to people that lost their machine in the storms, never could afford to buy their own machine in the first place or a young person that wants to learn how to sew. I am open to other reasons as to why someone should earn a new machine. One more time, let’s say it together because it sounds soooo freaking good. Free. I can’t hear you. You can do better than that. One more time. FREEEEEEEEEE. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!  Now you got it!

For starters, I am seeking requests from people in Texas, Florida and surrounding areas who have been adversely affected by the storms. I would like the pleas to be short and to the point. Maybe 200-250 words maximum as to why I should gift you a machine. I unfortunately don’t have time to read a novel so keep it tight. Or, you can even send me a photo with a caption that you think demonstrates why you OR SOMEONE ELSE should earn a free machine. Please enter all pleas into the comments section of this blog post. If you could figure out how to attach a picture to the blog, please do so. If not, email me the photo in some form with the caption. The top pleas will be selected by me and I will reach out to that person to confirm all the details and make sure all pleas are legit….no offense of course, but the scams are endless these days. By the way, this is not a scam, joke or trick. Make sure to include your city, state and email address so I can contact you for other info.  This contest is for people in the US only.  Make sure to be careful to enter all the info into the computer correctly because if your email address is wrong by even a single letter….NO SOUP FOR YOU! (Seinfeld Reference)

In addition to the free machines, I will be sure to include some other goodies…..maybe some fabric, maybe some notions, maybe some batting, it will be a surprise, but it will be “beast” as my son likes to call it and that is a good thing no doubt.

With that, let the requests start flowing in. And yes, please have fun when submitting your requests. Send any and all questions to, but please don’t drive me crazy because I do have a regular full time job and it isn’t President Of Giving Free Sewing Machines Away if you know what I mean. No phone calls. You will be sure to know through our social media venues and my blog who the winners are as I announce them. Please know that this is my contest and I make the rules and all the final decisions. That’s just how it needs to be.  I am also giving myself permission to post details of all requests and pleas so if something is very private or you don’t want your name used, please make sure to let me know.

Good luck! Please make sure to share this with anyone you know who might be eligible to win especially in Texas, Florida and surrounding areas.  The last thing I want to say is that I can’t wait to see the faces of the winners when they find out that they are getting a new machine from me. That to me is priceless. Therefore, if you happen to be a winner, make sure to post a picture of your smiley face and your new sewing machine on any or all of my company’s (Studioe Fabrics, The Blank Quilting Corp. or Henry Glass Fabrics) Facebook, Instagram or other social media arenas.

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Author: Scott Fortunoff

Author of Tales of 4th Generation Textile Executive Blog. President of Studioe Fabrics, The Blank Quilting Corp. and A.E. Nathan Co., Inc. Co-President of FreeSpirit Fabrics. V-P of Henry Glass Fabrics. President of Scott’s Free Sewing Machines. Creator of the #sewrevolution.


      1. I so would love a sewing machine as I make quilts then give them to be auctioned of for cancer,Cystic Fibrosis,and babies in needThat is so very thoughtful of u to do this giveaway.

      2. This request is for a friend in southern Alabama who had severe roof damage in January due to a tornado. As they were, and still are, struggling to get the deductible of $4,500 together on a social security livelyhood her only embroidery machine played out. She uses it to earn extra monies for Christmas expenditures. I’ve loaned her a little inexpensive machine. I so wish you could consider her for a good machine. Thank you. The Neighbor

      3. Hi Scott! I realize that I am very late in asking to be considered for one of your sewing machine but if at all possible, I would like to be among the ones considered. My reason for this request is, on August 28, 2017, the River Authorities decided to released tons and tons of water from the dams and surrounding reservoirs due to Hurricane Harvey, suddenly flooding my addition and home with over 6 feet of water. My husband and I were rescued by the Cajun Navy and evacuated by boat to West Lake, Louisiana, then to Lake Charles, Louisiana, then to Crockett, Texas, Austin, Texas, and finally to Georgetown, Texas. We lost everything in the flood, even our cars. Being unable to return for almost 3 months, we were finally able to visit our home for 2 days to evaluate our situation. We’ve decided to rebuild, and hence, the reason for my writing and my request are that during stressful times, sewing was always my solace. Due to the flooding, I no longer have a sewing machine, and it will have to be way down on the list of priorities on what to purchase first to restore our home. Thank you for time and consideration.

      4. Hi Scott, my name is Stacey Alexander, I sent out a post on a pay-it-forward app and a lady responded and referred me to contact you. I first want to thank you for the opportunity to be apart of this to even be considered. I am not young but I have been sewing and creating clothes and purses out of any kind of material that I can find and I have done it all by hand of which people constantly want to purchase but of course to keep duplicating the item wears me down and takes forever and then I lose out on a wonderful creation that people want and I want to bless them with. I loooove going different places finding things to recreate and add a splash or a whole new look and then wear it and next the people want to purchase. I neeeed this sewing machine, my very first sewing machine and I am 50, to finally produce on a larger scale what I LOVE to do, design and recreate clothes and purses. Thank you

    1. I lost my sewing machine my knock it off the table I use my machine to make doll cloth for my grand daughter and I made things for my kids and my sister and brother S I don’t have the money to get it fix

    2. I would love to have a sewing machine. I am on disability and can’t afford one. I would love to make things for my grandkids and I would also love to makr things for homeless people and also for people who are in hospice to make their days a little brighter. I would love to give back to the community. Thank you for your consideration and God bless you in what you are doing for people. 740-656-8481

        1. Fabulous gesture. Wish you’d been around after Katrina. We lost whole house. Couldn’t replace sewing machine right away as there were other more urgent needs. Thank you for what you’re doing

          1. Thanks Jan. I was around then, but just not giving away machines…lol. Hopefully your life is back in order and you are fortunate to have a machine. You have a great weekend.

    3. I am an art teacher at a small Christian school in Charleston,SC. I am in the process of teaching my entire middle school art class how to sew with only three very run down sewing machines. We are making dresses that will go in Operation Christmas Child boxes that will be donated to children in need all around the world . We would be thrilled to have a new sewing machine so that we can continue this project every year. Right now I have several 4 students share 1 machine so the process of sewing a dress takes a long time. Please consider me and my school a place that your sewing machine would be such a tremendous blessing for some many children for years to come. 843-532-6998

      1. Morning Stephanie,
        Your request is noted, however, please note that I am trying to get machines to people that don’t have one at all first. Your cause is definitely worthy and what you are doing is great, but please understand that people without any machine are my priority right now. Have a great weekend. This doesn’t mean that you can’t get a machine, it just means that you are not on the top of the list at this time. Thanks for your understanding and say hello to all your great students


        1. Hello i was not involved in the flooding but im self taught quilter with alot of passion im a caretaker of my husband of 27 yrs kidney diasylis failure. Just about 5 weeks ago i fell and broke my ankle. My hysband was in process getting me a new one this happen. I appreciate your genorsity if would get good use. Sincerly Evelyn Robinson 502-302-9422 be blessed in your giving

        2. Hello Scott – I don’t need a sewing machine as I’m truly blessed with several. I wanted to say Thank You for being so generous and giving back to those in need!! Quilting/Sewing is such great therapy and helping those in need is absolutely wonderful!! God Bless you in your efforts!!

          Patty in Cali!!!

    4. I could help a llot of people and donat a lot of things. That would help tx and fl.
      And so many people thank you.

    5. Hi Scott. First let me say I LOVE THIS! Thank you so much for what you are doing to help! I am retired, and in the past year started making small pillows with pockets, and cozy lap blankets with pockets. I give them away to friends, family and complete strangers who need something to hold close for comfort &/or support. They may also need to have near them a phone, a tissue, chap stick, or something sentimental. Hence, the pocket. I cannot afford on my income to buy a sewing machine, so I make everything my hand. Although I live in N.C., I have been thinking since Irma hit, about making pillows for Florida & Texas. But, WOW, a sewing machine would help me crank out my donations SO MUCH FASTER!! Please consider me! I am happy to send you pictures if you’d like!

    6. Ning, your a blessing. The reason I need a machine is for the schools in Haiti we ( our church and several business) have just completed the building of a very large compound in Port-au-Prince which includes a large worship/community center, a orphanage and a school. We are trying to teach them in all areas so if or when disaster stricken again they will have the tools and equipment to go on. The sewing machine will be a great asset for women and men alike who are learning how to sew from the very young grades all the way up to the elderly who know how to sew but have no machines. Thanks for this opportunity

    7. God Bless You for the wonderful news to any of the people that needs to replace their machine after the hurricans

    8. I am the leader of Creative Hands Sewing Ministry at The Woodlands United Methodist Church. We meet once a month on the 2nd Thursday and have various sew a ton Saturdays and I teach a sewing class at least twice a year to anyone willing to learn. We have several machine that have been donated over the course of our ministry, now in it’s 8th year in total, but they are very old and in various needs of repair. I try to keep them cleaned and oiled and adjusted, but some are just beyond my self taught knowledge. We are currently working on homemade pillowcases for those affected by Hurricane Harvey which I am distributing as fast as I can. I am proud to say there are ladies that have also answered my call for help and have sent them to us from all over the country. To date we have 350 in various stages of distribution and I have 130 to deliver this Friday. Instead of a new machine, what I could use is someone willing to help me get some of these other machines going. This may not be feasible, but I thought I might give it a shot. God bless you for what you are doing.

      1. Hi Debi,
        It is great that you and your group are doing such kind things. I am not in the sewing machine business so I unfortunately can’t help you. Moreover, I am trying to first give machines to those that have no machines at all. Try calling your local sewing machine repair shop and see if they will help you out for free b/c you are working for a charity.
        Good luck and keep up the good work.

          1. I no longer have a machine, and I would truly be blessed if god was blessed me with a new machine.ty Scott

    9. Hi my name is Debra Deroche, my daughter lives in Highlands county and lost everything, I was able to get my grandchildren the laptops they needed for school, and send them a little money, but they lost all their belongings in their home as it was destroyed They haves with friends now until they can find something they can afford or they can help out down there, as you know and seen it was wiped out, no electricity, water, food, blankets needed, whatever that we can send I would so much to have this machine to see and make blankets and quilts, even my grandchildren don’t have any So I would be very blessed thank you Debbie Deroche 906-396-4948 825michael avenue Kingsford,Michigan 49802 God bless

    10. Hello am Saava Ali from Kampala Uganda working with reach the children Uganda.
      We looking for donation of sewing machines for training children in schools and communities on rewashable sanitary pads. Most girls in Uganda Buvuma district don’t go school when they are in their menstration periods thus affecting their performance in class.
      On that will be very grateful for such big opportunity “one child at time”
      Saava Ali
      Reach the children Uganda
      Program manager

    11. I can’t seem to reply to the mass post but what a wonderful thing you’re doing! My friend and I run Operation Comfort Case, we make pillowcases for people in need of comfort and we were lucky enough to get a brother sewing machine to get us started. If it wasn’t for people like you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do!

    1. Hi Paige,
      I am trying to do just a little something. Now let’s just hope we get a lot of submissions b/c i am ready to giveaway machines. Have a great day.
      Hopefully you are not in any of the areas affected by the storms. God bless!

      1. I don’t understand how to sign up for this. My house had over 5′ of water in it, we lost everything we had, including 5 cars, and my Janome 6600, and my Janome Jem Platinum. My quilting studio is gone with almost everything in it. My husband was so sweet, and too such good care of my fabric. Dry went on one table, wet on another, then we called a team of friends to wash the wet fabric. Saved about 70% of it, but everything else I need to sew with is gone. They keep saying it’s just stuff, no big deal. But when it’s the stuff that you spent 25 years making a house a home with, and it’s destroyed in 3 hours, it’s more than just “stuff”. It’s your life, and your children’s lives, heartbreaking isn’t even a strong enough word to describe what it feels like to lose everything, and be completely helpless, feeling useless. I just want to go home, now here come the waterworks again! Just want my family whole again. This storm made my son and his wife move to Belton, TX, because it was the only place that had FEMA hotels at the time. Now they are moving there, and I am missing my grandbabies that I saw every week with fun grandma dates. This storm completely turned my life upside down, and I don’t feel whole. I miss my family and my normal life, along with the quilting, so badly, it hurts. Every. Single. Day. God Bless You for trying to help some of the quilters that have been hit ny Harvey as well. Thank You, Dawn Larsen

        1. I’m so sorry for what you’re going through. My prayers are with you and your family. Y’all will be whole again. God Bless you Mrs Dawn.
          <3 Doni (Magnolia)

  1. I would appreciate the machine (s)…i teach and have been asked by the local center of hope to teach moms at their facility . we had horrible flooding here in texas and it brought the needy in from the woods and low lying areas… trying to make a difference with what little we have.

  2. It’s wonderful that God sent us Angels such as yourself. Devastation isn’t strong enough to describe our experience in Texas. God bless you.

  3. You never cease to surprise us – Thank you Mr. Scott and Mr. Philipp!
    So very proud!
    Thank you and have a great day!

  4. That is a really great surprise. Can’t wait to see the happy faces. Great to work for a company that has a way to help. Such a fun way too.

  5. What a generous and thoughtful gesture. Hopefully once those Texans and Floridians that were impacted will be able to take full advantage of your offer once they have permanent residences.

    I continue to keep all effected by Hurricanes Harvey & Irma in my thoughts.

    1. Thank you Mary. I am trying my best. I hope to hear from people really soon when the dust settles, but I will be patient as I know people are working on getting more essentials things in order before emailing me. Take care.

  6. Wow Scott this will be an amazing way for those in need to receive a very special gift that wouldn’t be on their list to replace at first with all they have lost!

  7. Hi all- I think I am the First one to request a machine ! Thank you Scott for the phone call and the offer of the machine ! This is what I posted on my facebook page

    “NEWS Flash! I entered a contest for some sewing machines.. got an email today!! Called Mr Fortunoff with Blank Fabrics… he is sending US a machine! Praise the Lord.. we can teach more people.. and the Center for Hope will benefit !! Tana Mueller you are a big reason for this blessing- Thank you !”

    Love being felt in Soggy Texas !!

    Mary Burnette

    1. That’s right Mary. Nice job! We can’t waste any time getting those machines moving to where they need to be. God bless you and everyone at the Center For Hope. You and your girlfriends keep up the great work you are doing helping others. Send pictures.

  8. I am posting to all the facebook pages (quilting) that I frequent. Texas Quilters, misfits, etc. your gracious contest… There will be others applying I feel certain..
    Thank you Scott. I am spreading the word.


  9. If we are not skeptical and negative in Houston, what do you have to be so negative about.? All of the restaurants and conveniences you need are up and running. The city is already beginning to return and today is only September 12. Conventions planned for this weekend are going on as scheduled. If there was ever a time to support each other and support the Quilt Market it is now. Stop whining and being negative. Have a little faith. Come to the Market and Festival as usual. It will be ready, and we need and want you to be here. Thanks to everyone for your support.

    1. I am not trying to be negative at all. I am trying to be realistic. In my humble opinion, I think people are just going to use this as another excuse not to come. Oh trust me, I hope they do come, but I need to be realistic since my company invests a lot of money in going to market and we are in business to actually make money and not lose it. I don’t know if faith is going to save the day. I guess we will just have to see and one of us will be able to say “I told you so” in November. I hope it is you saying it to me, but I am just not sure. Stay tuned.

      1. Hi again Patricia,
        So are you saying that you are in need of a machine? Please read the blog post regarding the info that I need on your request to be eligible to win. Thank you.

    1. Hi Patricia,
      Thanks for your kind words. I appreciate it. Tell your friends who lost their machines to contact me for their change. I have sewing machines burning holes in my pockets.

  10. I have five daughters and I’m always hemming, fixing or mending something! In Houston suburb of Spring we got 3+ feet. Look forward to seeing again maybe this time without cussing because I will have an awesome new machine!!!!

    1. Hi Tiffanie,
      Your request is well received. I sent you an email asking for your phone number so we could chat. I will contact you next week as I am out of town. Thank you.

  11. Thank you for giving Mary Burnett a machine for Center of Hope in Livingston, TX. We are doing our best at the Center to teach classes on different things that our clients need to learn or things that would help them make their lives better. If you have extra machines, it would be nice to have some more. Again, thank you for your generosity to the people who have lost so much. God bless you.

    1. Hi Elna,
      Allow me to giveaway some single machines before I start giving away multiples please. Your request is well noted and I think what Mary Burnett is doing is extremely honorable. I will do my best to get you some more machines. Thanks for your patience.
      Scott Fortunoff

  12. I’m checking with a friend/couple that run the Baptist encampment in Clara Springs, LA. You can find them on FB.
    She may know someone in S. Louisiana that needs help with getting a machine. They have lots of contacts, and some of the quilting groups come to their camp for retreats.
    I think this is a wonderful gesture. I don’t know anyone personally that needs a machine. I have machines, and I make a lot of drawstring bags for the Domestic Abuse Houses in my area. What I need is people who sew! LOL

    1. Hi Shirley,
      Thanks for the comment. I really need this to spread by word of mouth and based on requests. I can’t go seeking out people looking for machines as that would be a job in and of itself to say the least. Nowadays, these sort of things spread like wildfire. Let’s hope someone at the Baptist encampments gets the memo. God bless you for your efforts in making bags for Domestic Abuse Houses. You are a good person. Keep up the kindness.
      Scott Fortunoff

  13. Hi! My name is Hadassah Warren and I was born and raised in Houston, TX. I’m 19 and about to start college. I’ve always found sewing and quilting to be very interesting. I first got interested when my friends who owned a quit shop needed help at the quilt show. I was 14, and amazed at not only the size of the show but the complexity of the quilts. Years later they invited me to a ” sewing day” and they taught how to sew and I really enjoyed it. I do a lot of volunteer work that requires having modest and appropriate clothing, so I think making my own clothes would be of great benefit. I really appreciate your generosity in being willing to give the machines away. I promise you it will get good use by me haha.

  14. I am a helper for a charity group located north of the flooding here in Texas. We are a drop off point for donating quilts to help along with sewing up donated fabrics and quilting donated tops. We have so far delivered over 200 quilts and have about 500 or so in the works right now. We have taken dozens of quilts donated from all over the country. The outpouring of love in the quilting community is amazing. We have a few of our angels that use machines have seen a few more miles that they were built for. I’d really like to be able to surprise them with a new machine that would make their work much easier.

    1. Kellie,
      God bless you! This is exactly the sort of help I am looking to give help to. Help will be on the way really soon. Please email with you contact info and I will contact you as soon as I can. I am just out of town on business now. Keep up the good work.

  15. I would like to ask on behalf of my very best friend, Jamie. I have seldom met people as selfless and giving as she is. She has always wanted to sew, and I have taught her some, but not having a machine is unable to practice or sew more at home. She is the kind of person who would give another person the last dollar she has and the shirt off her back if they ask. If I had ever been able, I would have bought her a machine myself. Please consider her.

  16. Hello Scott, I’m new to your blog and have followed on social media. We came home from our family reunion in Michigan, a family wedding and visits with friends early to prepare our home and help our neighbors before Hurricane Irma blew in. I don’t fly, we drove and as we got closer to Atlanta the traffic going north was growing heavy. I was really praying we weren’t making a mistake because this would be our first Hurricane after our move to Florida 8 years ago. I realize now more than ever not having the ability to keep my mind off of what is going on in my life (or those around me I love) causes me so much un-needed stress. Our power went off during the storm, my parents power came on tonight. If I could have had the chance to sew during this time I would have been concentrating on my project at hand and not think about what was going on out side our home. Your gift of a sewing machine would mean so much to me, to my family. I had a basic machine that my husband gave me for our first Christmas in 1981. Having one that is up to date with the capabilities to let my creative juices flow would be an honor. Having not sewn much in recent years, 2 years ago I made my Mother of the Bride Gown, for my nieces wedding this past Labor Day I designed my own pattern for a floor length skirt. I think my abilities came from our Mom who at 82 is still sewing, she taught us 3 kids to sew in the early 70’s. Thank you so very much for your generous gift to those who know the joy of making something and gifting it to others. Best, Jennifer ps. I can post a picture to Facebook but I can’t figure out how to do it here

  17. Scott,

    I am not in TX or FL and my heart goes out to them. If I would not be taking a machine away from someone in those states, please consider me. I have an older machine that is not working well, and probably for not much longer. I am disabled cannot work and I have been waiting two years for approval of my disability claim and have no money to repair my machine or purchase a new one. Thank you for this wonderful gesture. God Bless you!

    1. Hi Brenda,
      As you can see from my other comment replies, I am trying to focus on the people with no machine at all. In spite of your machine being broken, you are still lucky to have something. I know you would like a new one, but I do need to focus on others before you….no offense of course. Thanks for understanding. Have a great weekend.

  18. Its heart warming in so many ways to see someone offering to help in this way. Schools are not teaching sewing skills like they us to. I find working with my children, grandchildren and other about sewing is a bonding time for us and also helps them later on with skills and to be creative. Thank you Scott. You have a large caring heart.

  19. Wow, how kind, I am borrowing church one because mine skips stitches. I would love one. I have made hundreds of easy quilts for newborns and a few very sick friends. Am learning how to do piecing quilts. It would be fantastic if you could help me out, after you help the forlorn., hurricane survivors. Have been watching tutorials, trying to figure out techniques. Thanks for your sweet kindness to all!!!

    1. I have donated hundreds of quilts to newborn babies, now I am trying to figure out paper piecing and have tried a few quilts for some very sick friends. My machine skips stitches, it’s old, and I have borrowed the one from church. I could really use a new machine, like a dream. Have taught youngsters how to sew too, through 4_H. Please. Thank you for your kind heart.

      1. Hi Delores,
        Thanks for your request. I you might have seen in my other comments, I am trying to focus on giving to people that don’t have a machine at all. In spite of the skipping stitches, you fortunately have a machine. Sorry.

  20. Hi. I would love a machine. I was using a old Singer sewing machine that was 20 yrs old. Mine broke during our move from Houston. I had it looked at and the guy said it would cost over $250 dollars to fix and wasn’t sure how long it would take to get parts. He suggested to me purchasing a new machine. At the moment we cannot afford to purchase a new one.

  21. I live in Palm Beach County Florida, we recently felt the impact of hurricane Irma. I am a member of the Florida Sewing Sewciety Palm Beach Chapter. A small group of our chapter meets once a month to sew clothing for children in need. We work with local outreach organizations that are committed to helping children. Some of the ladies don’t have a machine but would like to help. We would love to have the gift of a sewing machine enabling us to do more. Many of the surrounding counties have been impacted out in the migrant farming areas, they really need our help now.
    Your concideration would be greatly appreciated.
    Sue Parks FSS member

    1. Hi Sue,
      That sounds like an awesome organization. I would really like to help you and everyone else, but at this time I am trying to focus on people that do not have a machine at all and that doesn’t seem to be the case for your group. Sorry.
      Keep up your good work.

      1. Sue Parks, would you multiply your efforts to sew clothing for the small (and scared) children? Ask Mr. Scott again. He has the biggest heart I’ve ever seen. Just whisper your plea for his loving help. Mr. Scott will hear the cries of the broken-hearted. Whisper…we want to teach others that don’t have the tools they need… a sewing machine. Teach a man to !

  22. There is a place called Freedom House here in Conroe, Texas (l hr. north of Houston which has had some flooding in area) which is the first place young women are placed after being rescued from the slave trade. Right now they have 20 young girls with a capacity for 30. I belong to a quilting group and right now I have two machines which will be donated to them to start teaching sewing skills. The director tells me that they are in need of activities for the girls. I thought this would be a fun way to teach a few basic skills. Would love to receive more machines. Thanks

    1. Hi Linda,
      That is truly an amazing organization and I am so saddened to hear that people are suffering through slave trade. I think this organization could have the potential to be worthy of a machine. Please email me your phone number to
      Have a great weekend.

    2. Hi Linda- I am north east of you about 45 miles- we have our Center for Hope here that my charity group and I will be teaching the same kind of students.. my facebook group is “polk county texas quilts for comfort”.. right now our center of hope is closed and has been commandeered by FEMA as a distribution center- we hold classes at the local library on the 1st monday of each month until we can get the center up and running… I won the very first machine and it has arrived but being the leader of my group I wanted all of us to open it together, and since our center is closed until Oct. it is sitting in my studio (my dining room) waiting patiently. I dont drive much any more due to lots of health issues but thankfully everything i do is within 10 miles of me… May God Bless you.. over in Conroe-Scott- the machine is sitting here in my home studio (aka dining room) patiently waiting for the meeting with the members at the local library the first Monday in Oct. – since this is a group of charity quilters I wanted them to be involved in the un-veiling… Kathy, Rene, Cathy, Frances, Liz, Sharon, Pat and I will be opening the machine together (Pat is in a wheelchair right now from falling and breaking her ankle in 3 places- so hubby and I will be retrieving her for the meeting) Kathy is on a walker (We are obviously a lot older than YOU) and the head of the Center for Hope is on vacation while FEMA has taken over the bldg to distribute water and food for the refugees – hope you understand why I have not opened the sewing machine… we are all excited and wanted to share the moment – God Bless you !! Mary Nell

      1. Hey Mary! I wanted to let you know there is a new quilt shop in coldspring with great prices on fabric! It’s called material girls quilt shop. And awesome customer service! We will be organizing some Quilts of Valor classes soon! Congrats on the machine!!

  23. Hello, my name is Patty. I could really use a sewing machine for the non-profit organization I am a member of. I need it only if you have any left after giving to Texas and Florida. I have been sewing for 40 years and I want to teach other people to sew, male or female. Project Worth is the non-profits name. We are a learning center and food pantry. Thank you for reading this.

    1. Hi Patty,
      Thank you for your comment. Your message is well noted. Very proud of your non-profit work as that is very admirable. I will consider your plea, but I too think I am going to focus on the people that are dealing with tragedy right now. Have a great weekend.

  24. Hello Scott;
    I was not in the hurricane area and What you are doing is a Blessing to all. I am a senior citizen and do to a very invasive back surgery in 2013 am now handicapped and sewing is my Happy Place now. I am on a very limited income bracket. I had been sewing on my moms old Kenmore machine and it finally bit the dust so to speak. I have been looking for a machine at thrift stores etc. when I can but I live in a small town and I haven’t been able to find one . I love to quilt and I give all my quilts away to those who need them. I would love to receive one of your machines and it doesn’t matter what kind it is as long as it sews, but please give to the ones who need it the most before me if I am one of the chosen ones. God Bless you from the bottom of my heart weather I am chosen or me quilts tell a story to those of us who make them and to those who receive them. I pray for all those in need to get the the strength to get thur all their troubles soon and with people like you I am sure they will. Gods Love always be with you.

  25. This is so generous of you. My home flooded last August, in Denham Springs, Louisiana. It was a good 7 months before we had a place to store anything but necessities since rebuilding requires your home to remain mostly empty for many stages of construction. And all the construction companies are swamped with long waiting lists due to the size of the disaster. We had insurance, many people in our area did not and are still working on their homes. It may be a while before people effected by Harvey and Irma are looking for new machines / able to receive them, but I’m sure they will be appreciated. I know I was excited to receive a replacement foot pedal for my machine from my mom since the original had flooded, but the machine survived.

    1. Thanks for your message Rachel. You are spot on. I imagine most people are focused on more essential needs over the need of a new sewing machine. That being said, for some the sewing machine is high on the list too. LOL.
      Take care.

  26. Thank you sooo much for thinking about people in Texas. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Houston (about 500 member church?)not only cooked, barbecued, and roasted 5000 meals for first responders but the sewing circle made over 40 baby blankets to hand out to folks that were displaced. Our church could sure use a new sewing machine so we could make more. Thank you for considering our sewing circle.

    1. Hi Lynne,
      What a great organization. Nice job! As I have mentioned to others, I am really trying to supply machines to people that don’t have any machines before those that are looking for upgrades or additional sewing machines (that does not include the first machine I gave away b/c that was really more to show people that I was ready to give machines away and that person happened to be the first and only request at that time, but now I am getting a large number of requests and need to draw some lines). At this time, I am going to focus more on those needs. Sorry. Keep up the good work.

  27. This is awesome! My daughter lives in New Braunfels, TX. Her unique approach to helping victims of Hurricane Harvey was to actually go down to Rockport and adopt a family who lost everything. She assessed their immediate needs, then launched a campaign within her community to collect donations. The following weekend, she and her husband loaded up a pick up truck, a box trailer, and their own camper, and delivered the goods. They will also return to help with the rebuild. Because replacing this mother’s sewing machine was not an immediate need, one was not on ‘the list’. To win one for her would be incredible. Thank you!

    1. Hi Kaholly,
      Well God Bless your daughter for her extreme kindness. People never cease to amaze me under extremely difficult circumstances. This is a legit request in my book. Please email me your phone number or your daughter’s at You are definitely in the running.

  28. Your thoughtfulness is refreshing! With 6 children and 13 grandchildren my 1940’s model Singer gets a workout. ( My Grandmothers machine ❤️ ). My SSD income doesn’t allow me to think about upgrading. The younger ones are expressing interest in learning to quilt. I would love to start donating quilts ❤️ Thank you for your time.

    1. Hi Susan,
      Thanks for your note. I would love to help you out, but I really trying to focus more on giving machines to people that don’t have as opposed to people that are looking for an upgrade. Sorry.

  29. I lost all of my machines in the August floods in Louisiana last year. My house got 4 1/2′ of water and had no flood insurance because it had never ever flooded in my area. I lost 2 embroidery machines a serger and 2 sewing machines. My house is 80% finished and I’m living in it. I’m looking forward to sewing again. I have curtains and bedspreads to make but no machine.
    A sewing machine would be greatly appreciated, new or otherwise.

  30. Hi SCOTT, I volunteer teaching kids and women in recovery to sew and quilt. They share the 3 used machines we have as a way of putting the pieces of their life back to together. They make a quilt for someone else as a way of making amends or giving back. They donated Thier quilts to the Houston Hurricane Quilt Guid to give to those in need. They could use another swing machine. Thank You. Katie Coventry. Team Challenge. Eureka. CA

      1. Thanks. For the reply. I will continue my work. My friends banded together and we recently sent 100 quilts and tops to the Houston quilt guild to distribute. Many of the quilts are sewn and quilted by hand and some are even over 60 years old. I love ❤️ your generosity. Maybe later I can receive a machine so I can teach more to sew and quilt. Giving a quilt is giving a hug from the community. Keep up the good work!

  31. My name is Shirley Sullivan. I’m 63 years young and live in Kingsport, TN. I, along with other ladies, make and donate items to our local hospitals, cancer centers, schools, etc. Any where we hear of a need, we try to help. I have 2 cabinet model sewing machines; however both are at least 40-45 years old and both went on the blink this summer. Due to multiple health issues I’m having (now on my 4th hospital stay in 6 weeks), there is no way I can afford to purchase a machine. I really want to continue helping others but without a machine, I can’t. Would you please consider my request. I had family volunteer in Texas last week and took some lap blankets we made so they could share with others. I really need a machine and give you the glory for what you are doing.

    1. Hi Shirley,
      Thanks for your note. Since you have a machine, even though very old, please understand that I am trying to give to people with no machine at all before people that already have machines. Your request is received and will be considered after I deal with those that have no machines at all. Keep up the good work.

      1. Just now saw this reply after 2 more stays in the hospital. Believe there was a misinterpretation in what I posted. Both of my machines quit this summer. I do not have a working machine. After 6 hospital stays and a surgery, I can’t afford to purchase a machine either. Pray you rethink.

  32. I am a 74 year old lady and have worked hard al my life. We never had alot but got by just fine. Well Harvey came along and totaled my house and with 49 inches of salt water everything was ruined. Refrigerator, washer and dryer, stove, T.V. and everything else. Starting from scratch again. I would appreciate having the sewing machine to replace the I lost. Thank you so much for your generous acts of paying it forward.

  33. Hi Scott,
    I would like to be considered for a new machine. I was directly effected by Harvey. I am in Vidor, Texas. I had a project runway by brother. Due to small car, i could not bring it. I would be thrilled to have a new to me machine. Does not have to be brand new. I would take a refurbished, used one. I was devistated when I returned home to find mold already on it. I haven’t taken it to any one to see if it could be repaired.

    1. Morning Gayle,
      Sorry to hear about what you have had to go through. Your plea will be considered, but I think you should see about getting it repaired as my main goal is to try to get people machines that don’t have one at all.

  34. Good Day Mr. Scott Fortunoff,

    My name is Lisa E. Jones and I wanted to before hand thank you for your kindness and generosity to gift a sewing machine to those effected by the recent hurricanes. I’m sure your act will help to rebuild lives even if it’s at one stitch at a time.

    Let me start by saying I was NOT affected by the Texas or Florida hurricanes. The reason I chose to participate is because I’m not a young individual, but instead I am a 49 year old woman who sleeps and ponders over her future. Over the course of the past few years due to my own health and taking care of others, I had to put any pursuits on the shelf until it was possible to have the time to do so. With my health better and those I have care for on a higher path, I can now jump into uncharted waters with all the strength and knowledge within my myself.

    This sewing machine that your offering will propel me closer to becoming a small business owner. I’m alone when it comes to capital and resources and I know I can’t do this alone. So I’m asking Mr. Scott Fortunoff to believe in me and in turn down the line I too can help others with gratitude and care as I pay it forward.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my story.

    Best Always,

    Ms. Lisa E. Jones

  35. Scott,
    I live in Dickinson Texas on the Bayou where we got 53″ of rain and the Bayou rose 8 ft in 2 hours in the middle of the night. We had 15 minutes to get out. We have lost everything. My sewing room was a horrible slimy mess. All of my stash was floating in the water. My friends gathered together and tried to save stuff and wash fabric etc but most of the colors ran on to others and the slime spots just won’t come out. I saved what I could and I want to someday make a hurricane quilt using those pieces if the smell doesn’t come back. When you lose everything it is hard to justify spending money on a machine when the necessities of life like cars and home are looming over you. I would be so blessed if I am chosen and I would continue to make for others using my “Made especially for you using His gift” label.

  36. Scott,
    What a wonderful thing you are doing! It is three weeks since Harvey started its destructive path in Texas. The destruction is still evident. Many neighborhoods still have huge piles (in the yards) of sheetrock, furniture, appliances, and everything else that was flooded waiting for removal. Our customers are slowly coming into our store. Some were fortunate to be in a neighborhood that did not flood, and many have lost everything. Quilting is a stress reliever and ‘safe place’ for many quilters. Being without their machine makes it hard. I will be posting your generous offer on our facebook page as well as giving out the information in our store. God bless you for generosity.

  37. Hello. I live in Orlando Florida and just went through Hurricane Irma which left us with drywall damage in our home and several days with out power. I would LOVE a sewing machine for my 13 year old daughter bc she is the craftiest kids around (if I could attach a picture I would send you the dress she made out of an old sheet for a school history project that she hotglued together because we don’t own a sewing machine). We can’t afford a sewing machine our finances have always been tight after raising my sister’s kids (in addition to my own 4) after their parents were killed in a car accident. A few years ago I got really sick and my husband thought I was going to die so he kinda freaked…quit his job, sold just about all our belongings and went back to school. He is now a hospice chaplain as well as working as a chaplain for the VA. He gives and gives to others which is great, but has also left us unable to afford a lot of extras like extra curriculars for our kids, etc. Our 13 year old spends her free time on pinterest pinning craft projects as well as cooking projects and I swear one day she will be a designer bc it is in her blood. She also helps me cook a lot as my son has a rare disease caused by food allergies and she wants to one day open a bakery that specializes in foods for those with food allergies. She is the most creative kid I’ve ever seen & she will go far. We’d love to have you be a part of our/her journey by receiving a sewing machine

    1. Hi Trish,
      This is very compelling and there is no better gift than to give a young person a machine. What is her name anyway? Please email me your phone number. Your plea is under consideration. My email is Also, while you are at it, please send me the picture of the dress she made. Keep your head up….things will hopefully get better for you really soon.

  38. I’m posting this plea for my mom. My mom lives in Dickinson, TX, one area that was hit very hard by the storm. My mom lost everything, all furniture, most of her fabric stash (some was high enough to stay dry), she lost her fabric cutting boards and misc other tools. My mom is such a selfless person and her stress reliever is making baby quilts for anyone and everyone she knows who is having a baby. She is extremely talented. She no longer has her little sewing corner and there is no telling how long it will take to rebuild. She had 5 ft or water and through a bunch of confusion, somehow her mortgage company canceled her flood policy with no notice. Please help my mom by donating a machine to her and help her find some stress relief in this trying time.

    1. Hi Jessica,
      How nice of you to submit this plea for your mom. I am sure she will appreciate it…whether you win or not. I am curious whether or not she has a machine or did she lose that too? Anyway, I am thinking of your mom and hope things improve for her. Thanks.

  39. My two sewing machines are in the shop to see if they can be saved but I have 2 sergers that were under flood and sewage water for 9 days. I know they are not usable. I used my sergers a lot. We’ve had it rough this past 2 years. My husband fighting throat cancer, it’s not in remission yet. I had a stroke this last November and now our house has been destroyed and the entire inside needs gutted and rebuilt, including plumbing, air vents, electrical and some wall boards. My sewing is my refuge. It helped me sustain my sanity when my husband was going through all his chemo and radiation treatments. All my wearable fabrics as well as 90% of my quilting fabrics had to all be trashed. Every single spool of thread ended in the water. I had a lot. Over 300 embroidery threads, multiple quilting threads and cotton threads. My husband is unemployed and I’m on Social Security, we have a VERY limited income.

    1. Bridget,
      Thanks for your request. I am sorry about all that you are having to go through right now. At this time, I am trying to only give sewing machines away to people that don’t have a machine at all. Seems like you have something or you might have something soon. Why don’t you see how it goes with the repairs and let me know. If the machines cannot be fixed, I will reconsider your request. Hang in there. I am thinking of you.

    2. Oh my- I feel so badly for you ! my husband and I have been thru Rita- Katrina- Harvey- we had terrible damage to our home from Rita- I totally understand your frustration ! Will add you to my prayer list for patience and calmness- I wish I could do more ! God Bless you

  40. Nancy Ferveda of the Lakeview Quilt Guild in the Clear Lake Area lost her Juki to Harvey. She isn’t looking for a new machine rather she would like her Juki looked over and repaired. Will you please help her?

    1. Hi Lynn,
      I am sorry, but my mission is not to pay for people to have their machines fixed, it is to get people machines that don’t have them. Sorry, but I won’t be able to help out Nancy with her Juki. I would try going to a store and see if they will fix it out of the kindness of their hearts. Good luck.

  41. Scott- the new machine is sitting here in my home studio (aka dining room) patiently waiting for the meeting with the members at the local library the first Monday in Oct. – since this is a group of charity quilters I wanted them to be involved in the un-veiling… Kathy, Rene, Cathy, Frances, Liz, Sharon, Pat and I will be opening the machine together (Pat is in a wheelchair right now from falling and breaking her ankle in 3 places- so hubby and I will be retrieving her for the meeting) Kathy is on a walker (We are obviously a lot older than YOU) and the head of the Center for Hope is on vacation while FEMA has taken over the bldg to distribute water and food for the refugees – hope you understand why I have not opened the sewing machine… we are all excited and wanted to share the moment – God Bless you !! Mary Nell

  42. I was most fortunate to come through Irma with little damage beyond power outage and some tossed food. My machine survived as well. But I would like to ask for a sewing machine for PIllowcases4Smiles here in Jacksonville. Our coordinator is up to her ears at work in an insurance office post Irma. So I would like to ask for one to gift to the local coordinator, from both of us. Our local chapter supplies colorful (novelty print materials) pillowcases for kids taking treatments at local hospitals in JAX. Hers are pretty old. If you can help out, I’d appreciate it. Thanks for this great project you guys are having. I’m sure the machines are going to good homes.

    1. Thanks Jeannie, but as you will see in most of my comments that I am trying to focus on those without machines first. Don’t give up though because things can change down the road.
      Have a great weekend.

  43. This year started off as the worst year of my life I think from the VA taking my husband disability checks for 4 months , saying i was not a dependent, got paper work showing them i was . after that it still took them 3 more months to repay us and by that time we were in the rear of all of our bills except for house and car over $8000.00 by then, we had to make a decide to go bankruptcy we have just started the whole process and in the mean time my husband had a stroke from all the stress. it was in the brain stem. he lost his speech and the use of his right side. It is getting better now with therapy for speech and physical therapy. In the mist of all of this i have hurt myself trying to do everything while he was gone for over 3 months. i have sewing machines i can’t use cause they need to be fixed and not money and i can drive to get them over 25 miles to the nearest repair shop; I am an avid sewer, and it is driving me crazy not to be able to sew. i am retired and disabled and i do alot of sewing at christmas time for the needy. I make baby quilts for the needy babies, christmas stocking and then we fill them for the needy children, and i make mittens and hat for them also. My machines are my lively hood and when i heard you telling your story it was like a dream come true. Please just keep me in your thoughts .

  44. Hello, it’s so heart warming of your generosity, however I’m not pleading for myself but my mom. We had just moved in March of this past year and not even 6 months got hit with hurricane Irma (we live in ft Myers) my mom and I are so close we actually moved right next door to each other and we both decided to have a dedicated “craft room” in our new homes…however she loves to sew and quilt but just couldn’t afford a sewing machine. So she made her craft room all set up but has never used it because she couldn’t afford a sewing machine, she even has the table for it and everything. But with the hurricane and expenses to repair certain things it took a huge toll and stress on her shoulders, as a daughter seeing my mom who gave me everything and anything I ever need in life I would love this opportunity you are offering to give back to her! She’s is such an mom and I’m so lucky to be her daughter. Thank you for this loving opportunity and to all who have had this tragedy we are all this together and need to help each other any help I could provide! Thank you again!

      1. Thank you so much Scott for your consideration!!!! You have no idea how grateful I am that you would consider me, I owe you the world. I emailed you my phone number! Hope you have an amazing weekend! ☺️

        1. To all these people out there that lost everything, I am in the Ft Myers area and would love to help anyone in need. We were lucky enough to have minor damages but I know there are ppl who lost everything. Reach out and I would be happy to help in any way I can

  45. Hello. I am writing because I would love for my sister-in-law to have a sewing machine. Her husband (my husband’s brother) is very controlling with the money in the family, and he has not allowed her to get a sewing machine. She doesn’t know much about sewing, yet, but I think she would be very good at making quilts. I know they can be complicated, but it is basically sewing strait lines, right? Anyway, I have an abundance of fabric and tools, and I could help her get started, but I don’t really have a sewing machine to give her. She has been doing lots of card making, but how many cards does a person really need? I would really like to get her started on quilting, and I know there are so many tutorials on youtube, etc. that she could watch to learn, as well as me giving her some pointers and starting her out. I realize this may be a strange request, but this is my request. I personally have a Destiny that I am still making payments on, so I don’t need one myself, but I would really like my sister-in-law, Christine to have a sewing machine. Thanks for your consideration. Also thank you so much for helping all of these people. It is so amazing of you!!

  46. My name is Daisy and I’m a film major who is graduating in a few weeks and could use a machine to make my own costumes. I’ve been in the market for a new machine and thought this year is my year but it hasn’t been. On Dec 29, 2016 my stepdad decided to have his midlife crisis and leave us on our own. This led gave me so much stress and anxiety that an illness i had my whole life surfaced. I was diagnosed with MS after my whole left side of my body going numb. Almost 7 months later I’m back to normal but have to be on weekly injections to help prolong another flare up from happening. I still can’t afford a new machine since I help out with the bills around the house and I hope i am able to win one.

  47. Your goodness will not go unnoticed. As someone who masked and gives away almost all of my quilts, I say thank you! The machines will find their new owners to be excited and hopefully passionate about sewing and quilting. I see lots of costumes in their futures, t shirt quilts, and even wedding dresses. Bless you!

    1. Thank you Nance. To be honest, it makes me feel really good to help people out. So unnoticed or not, I will continue my crusade to spread sewing machines throughout the US. You have a great weekend and thank you for your note.

  48. Hi Scott~!
    First off, let me say thank you for being so generous to so many in this time of tourmoil and loss~! I, myself, have been blessed not to live in a hurricane area and even feel guilty for posting on here. I make quilts. Christmas, births, deaths AND Quilts for Kids (which is a wonderful organization). I donate them when I can. But that has come to a screeching hault as my machine has gone to those batting clouds in the sky. We need a new roof, that comes first. Priorities. but I would be really esctatic to start back into my projects. Thank you for your extreme generosity.

  49. I am submitting a request for my great niece, Julie Ann. Her parents are divorced, her father remarried and they are now divorced also.
    her step mom let Julie’s half sisters play in her sewing machine (given to her by my mom her great grandma) and they broke it and lost pieces for it.

    Julie likes to be creative and was making toys for kids at Christmas. She was mending her family’s clothing. She comes from a long line of sewists and quilters and wants to be like her great grandma, her grandma, who is in a nursing facility and her Aunts. (We all love to sew and create things!)

    I would love for Julie to have her very own brand new sewing machine! She doesn’t know I am requesting this for her. I sincerely appreciate all you are doing. Everyone lucky enough to receive one is being blessed. You are a blessing to so many by doing this.

    I could go on about more hardships but if you see a true need here please contact me. I will email my phone number if requested. thank you for generosity.


    1. HI KATHY,

  50. Thank you for doing this. I did not lose anything this year, but last year we lost everything. The great flood 2016 for Louisiana. We where pulled out by boat because the water came up over night and fast. With only the cloths on my back. We came back to rebuild only to be screwed over by the contractor. So my sewing stuff was put way on the list of to be replace. Phone 2258927170

  51. Hello Scott, you are a dear to help folks out…I appreciate that!
    My husband and I live in a small home…we both have disabilities. ..his is Altzeimers…mine are 3 forms of arthritis and chronic fibromylsia….
    I am a quilter…for family and friends only…I’m teaching my 11 yr old granddaughter how to sew and she’s been making her own Lil quilts…I can’t afford to buy her one…money is very tight…I’d like to gift her one…she loves sewing
    She lives w us…I’m raising her…my machine is not the best and she’d love to have her own
    Her momma is an angel now in heaven….she’d be so proud of her…I sure am…
    We make lap quilts together for the people in nursing homes…
    It’s always good to give back…
    Thank you for listening. Bless you so much for giving back to others.

    1. Hi Kathy,
      I would definitely love to give another machine away to a young child. However, it sounds like she already has access to a machine which is a big plus for her. I am trying to focus on people without any access to a machine. So in spite of being compelled by your note, I need to consider others before your granddaughter. That being said, I plan to giveaway machines indefinitely so maybe sometime down the road I will be able to consider your granddaughter. God bless you and your family.
      Have a nice weekend.

  52. First, I would like to say thank you for what you are doing. God will truly bless you.
    I live in Louisiana and was hit by the flood in 2016. We lost everything, the year before the flood I lost my mom and now my dad is in very poor health. Thank you for blessing so many.
    Doris N.

  53. I am not in need, thankfully. But so many who could earn a little that would help their families a lot will be helped. Thank you for remembering that we are our brothers’ keeper.

  54. I would like to nominate my mother, she loves to sew but the machine she had is broken. I had brain surgery in December and she has been helping me pay my bills so myself and my children don’t lose our home and it has spread her very thin and now after hurricane Irma she is spread even thinner. I wish one of these new machines for her as sewing is relaxing to her as it is for me. Please consider my mother and best friend for this honor ❤️

  55. Scott,
    First I come you on your wonderful giving heart. What you are doing is amazing. I would like to be considered for your give away. I am part of an organization that gives away newborn layetts to the under privileged. We are part of the Christ Child group. Our group sews blankets, sleepers, hats, receiving blankets to local hospital in Illinois. We don’t have any sewing machines for our area. Would love to be considered. Thank you!

    1. Thanks for your submission Betty, but it sounds like your organization already has access to machines and I am trying to focus on those without any access to machines. Sorry. Keep up your good work for the charity.
      Thank you.

  56. Hello Scott,
    I will say up front (to save time if Canadians aren’t being considered for your offer) that I am Canadian.
    I am a senior (67) and retired 2 years ago. As most seniors living on a pension, money is tight. My sewing machine that I had for over 40 years (Pfaff) retired as well and has gone to sewing machine heaven. I am without a machine, and my one true love (quilting) has stopped. I had been purchasing fabric and quilt supplies while I was employed, working on having everything ready for when I retired. I knew my pension would barely cover living expenses let alone luxuries like fabric and batting. I want to make preemie baby quilts and quilts for women and children living in safe houses. I would be so blessed to receive one of your machines. If you continued to read (knowing I was from Canada) thank you for your time. God bless you for this generous act of good will. Karma is a circle, what you give out comes back to you.
    thank you,
    Lynn D’Arcy

    1. Sorry Lynn, but no Canadians….not that there is anything wrong with Canadians, but I am focused on the US.
      I would be glad if karma is a circle.
      You have a lovely weekend.

  57. Hey Scott!!
    I inherited a love for sewing things from sitting on a porch swing as a child with our elderly neighbor, Geneva “E-Bo” Wilson. Geneva would do her pin curls in her hair and do needlepoint every evening. She taught me my first stitches. We went from there to buttons and pillows. I took sewing in high school and loved it. I’ve always wanted my own sewing machine and a few years ago, I finally hit a black Friday sale and got one for $49 (I think), which was all I could afford. I’ve been using that small machine since then. One day, I hope to purchase a machine that also does embroidery (that’s my dream machine). I currently live in Bradenton, Florida and lost a week of work due to Hurricane Irma. I would LOVE to have a QUALITY sewing machine to be able to make gifts for my 4 sons and grandkids for Christmas. I moved to Florida in March due to not tolerating the cold well because I suffer from Lupus, leaving my entire family in Ohio. I have no family here. I work from home so I don’t get out of the house very often and sewing is my stress reliever. Oh yeah, and my 47th birthday is October 12th.

    1. Hi Kellie,
      Thanks for your submission. However, I am trying to focus on people that don’t have machines at all. You should realize that you are lucky to have one. Happy bday on October 12.
      Have a nice weekend.

  58. Thank you for being so generous! If you have an extra machine after giving to the victims of Harvey and Irma (which I was in Florida for) I would love to give it to my ten year old daughter for Christmas. She’s a A &B student and a great child all together. I’m on a limited income so I have been looking for a cheap used machine for her (trust me it’s hard when your budget is 30 bucks). Please help me make her Christmas wish come true.

    1. Cassandra,
      Your request for your daughter is well noted. Since Christmas is a little bit away, I ask that you have your daughter send in a fresh request closer to Christmas time. I am planning to give away machines indefinitely. Thank you.

  59. I would love a sewing machine. But unemployed right now and can’t afford one. I like to make quilts, puppy coats and more.

    My daughter also lost her sewing machine In Harvey.

  60. Hi Scott we lost our home and all our belongings to IRMA I live in Florida I had a Brother quantro 8500d and a 11000 mc jamone I saved for a long long time to buy these machines, now I’m retired and do not have the income to buy another one

  61. Hi Ive worked for 50 years looking after everybody else at work and at home I have just retired and it’s time to look after me and do what I want so would love to get one of those machines to spend time on a hobby I will enjoy ,make things for others and also myself and combine the two
    Not sure if you send to the UK

  62. Hello Scott,
    I want to say thank you for reaching out to this wonderful sewing community to offer help. We lost everything in Harvey – homes, vehicles, campers, sewing machines and 20 years of stash collecting. It has devistated our family. There are 5 families on the property who was left with the clothes on their back only. I praise my Heavenly Father daily for sparing our lives and my grand babies – but this is very difficult. I miss sewing and with another granddaughter due in January, I’m not able to help prepare for her without my machine. I’ve always called my sewing and quilting my therapy – I definitely miss that part of my life as well.

    1. Hi Tammy,
      I am sorry to hear about your losses from Harvey. The good news is that you are still here to live another day. Please send me your phone number to and I will consider your plea for a machine.
      Have a great weekend.

  63. Thank-you. I would love a sewing machine, I too am disabled. I would like to make items to sell to make a little bit of cash. I would like the machine to make clothes for my self and my hubby.

    Thank-you so much.Joanne

  64. I live in western NY state and have never experienced hurricane or fire weather disasters. I have Mom’s sewing machine after she passed away. Also a singer purchased new, a refurbished old Singer in a beautiful wooden sewing table, a Bernina embroidery machine purchased from another quilter as she was getting a fancier Bernina, and a serger. I’m sorry I wasted your time to tell you I have no business entering your contest. And thank you for making me realize how lucky I am. I’m going to go and sew something right now. Thanks.

    1. Kathy,
      You know what? I am glad you posted this because you are so right. Everyone who has a machine is lucky. Hence my efforts to get machines in to people’s hands that do not have one at all. You keep sewing and machine sure to send photos to our social media sites for posting. Have a great weekend.

  65. I got sick in January and had to leave my job now I am doing everything i can to get my home based business sewing aprons going. This past june my husband had a massive heart attack and only 3 weeks later hurricane harvey hit and we took in family from rockport texas who lost everything. We gave them what we could for them to get started again. Now my old sewing machine is starting to act up again and we are living week to week. I just want to make the holidays special for people with a new homemade apron of hugss.

    1. Hi Karen,
      I am sorry to hear about the tragedy that you are enduring. In spite of your valid plea, I am really trying to give machines to people that have no machine at all….first and foremost. So fortunately for you, you have a machine. I hope you understand.

  66. I think that you are an angel. I don’t need a new one, mine is 27 years and it still works, but I have to say thank you for what you are doing.

  67. i do not deserve a sewing machine as i have one .its hard to use but it works .i just wanted to thank you for doing this .reading things like this makes my hart heal a little more .a few years my family was betrayed by those we trusted most in our greatest time of need .years later things are still hard ,but the betrayal still hurts the most .it is nice to know there are still kind people around .you have blessed my hart .

    1. Hi Misty,
      Thanks for your honest. To have a machine is a good thing. I am sorry that you were all betrayed. Hopefully you can move past that and try to see the positive side of things.

  68. Years ago when my children were small I was given an old White sewing machine and made most of my daughter’s clothes and few other household items. It died and then I went to work full time and didn’t have time or money to get another machine. Now I am retired and have the time along with (4) small great granddaughters to make things for. I live on Long Island and so far this season we have been spared the worst of Irma and Josie and have only had severe rip tides and ocean wave surges. You are a wonderful person to make this offer, and not only those who have suffered from these horrific storms.

      1. Weather tragedy – nothing other than some local flooding. I am brain tumor patient who would like to get back into sewing for my Great Grandchildren and also teach them the dying art of sewing.

  69. Dear sir, you are doing a wonderful thing for everyone. Thank you. I live in south texas and i borrowed a machine from my neighbor to teach myself to quilt. We got over 20 inches of rain in my area and we lost power and got water in the sewing area and ruined her machine. I am on disability and cannot afford to replace her machine. I would like to ask for a replacement for her machine only. My number is 830 494 1563. Thanks again for your generosity.

  70. Scott,
    What a blessing to those who are receiving these machines. I myself would love to have one. I belong to a group of Christian ladies that makes quilts, Angel wraps and infant hats for 17 different organizations here in Phoenix, AZ. My machine froze up and can not be fixed. I am at a total loss. Thank you for your time and generosity.

    God Bless you and all who is helping you do this wonderful give away,
    Carolyn Carter-Nash

  71. I live in a Houston suburb and saw the devastation of Harvey firsthand. Fortunately, our home was spared, but many were not. Since the storm, my husband has volunteered in strangers’ homes helping to rip out carpet, wet Sheetrock, etc. My way of helping, is to sew with a group of ladies. The need for pillowcases and quilts has increased.
    Before Harvey arrived, we made quilts and pillowcases for local charities; VA hospital, women’s shelter, nursing homes, and abused children. Once a year, we also make Christmas stockings to be distributed to the military overseas, children’s hospitals, and women’s shelters. All of this is possible by the charity of others donating their time and fabric.
    A new, lightweight machine would make it possible to help so many more people.
    281 467 4668

    1. HI Louise,
      Thanks for all that you do, but please note that I am trying to give machines to people that do not have access to a machine at all. You have no idea how lucky you are. Sorry.

      1. Thanks Scott for what you are doing, but I take issue with your comment. I do know how “lucky” I am. That’s why I work constantly to help others, both with my time and with monetary contributions. My contributions to others did not begin with the arrival of Harvey, nor will it end, when we recover from his devastation.

        1. Louise,
          I am not here to fight with anyone or insult them. Luck is relative and relative to others without machines, you are lucky in my book. Just one man’s opinion. If you don’t want to be considered lucky, I am sorry and take it back. Have a great day.

  72. Hi Scott, my name is Margie and even though I live in central il I’m going thru some rough times. My 15 year old singer is making a noise that tells me troubles is a coming. I have made over 25 quilts on this machine. My social security doesn’t allow me to buy a new one. I would gladly make some lap quilts for the hurricane victims, thank you for considering me.

    1. Hi Margie,
      Sorry to hear about your Singer. The good news is that you have a machine, but unfortunately for you I am trying to give machines to people with no access to machines at all…whether they are old, making noise, etc. Sorry.

  73. I am 65 and trying to start over. I have had a health crisis and a spiritual one along side it.
    Left a religious cult and lost most of my family. Shunning. I had to divorce and have very little that I managed to save. I love to sew and hope to be able to support myself as I heal.

    1. Hi Kate,
      I am definitely interested in trying to help someone who is trying to start over and especially someone who is being shunned. No one deserves that. Send me your phone number to and perhaps you will be selected to get a machine and hopefully get a head start on starting over.

  74. This request for a machine is not for me, but for a young novice beginning quilter of 14. She wanted to learn to quilt for a 4-H (county fair) activity. I have a small sewing area at work where I repair clothing for the disabled. This young girl worked her little heart out on weekends and nights with my guidance. As she progressed, I feel that the quilting instructions had given her the bug, and she was hooked. She talked of patterns, and fabrics, and what was the next project. She was able to sew a project for 3 years of county fairs in the 4H division. She actually had received a champion ribbon for a Aunt Amy’s Bullseye made from old men’s shirts that were donated to her. Most of her projects are made with donated fabrics, and scrappy because she is being raised my a single Mom, along with another sister. There’s not a lot of extra money to be purchasing $12. dollar a yard fabric. It is important that you know all her projects were made at my office, because she has no machine. With her last project, disaster struck. I ended up in hospital with surgery, and could not return to work for months. She missed this years county fair, and was so disappointed. I believe if she had her own machine at home, she could be and would be sewing on it every chance she got. I know that we aren’t in your target area, but I believe she sure deserves a machine. Her name is Kaitlain and my name is Nancy. Your offer for free machine is very generous and thoughtful Thank you.

  75. Hi I’m margaret thompson
    I was a victim of the Louisiana 2016 flood. We had 5.5′ of water in our house – lost everything. I had just retired and was getting ready to put my sewing into full swing. Lost all my machines, fabric, thread and most of my notions. Managed to save a lot of my rulers. Needless to say it cost a lot just to replace household things and get back into the house. I would love a machine

  76. I would like to Thank you for such amazing gifts.
    I am 52 and never sewed until 2 years ago. My friend said, she knew I had the passion for it. The first year I used her machine. I had made 21 quilts for my grandchildren for Christmas. Last year I made my children theirs. 11 of them, we have a blended family. Then in May 2016, my friend and I decided to join the Quilt of Valor. With the help of my friend, her mother and myself we presented 14 QOV to Veteran’s on Memorial day. Since then we have presented almost 50 quilts. I would love to request one of your precious gifts . It would be such a great asset I could do so much more sewing in my home also. Thank you again for your generousity. Denise. 937-536-6559

    1. Denise,
      Good work on being so charitable. However, it seems like you do have access to a machine in spite of not owning one. I am trying to focus my energies on those with no access at all. Hopefully you understand. Keep up the good work.

  77. Hi Scott,

    I think this is a wonderful gift and my heart goes out to all who are affected by natural disasters recently. I feel like my plight pales in comparison.

    I’m the primary care provider for my elderly mother who is now blind and wheelchair bound. For the last several years, I have been struggling with an illness, my doctors can’t figure out what is causing this chronic infection. I’ve been hospitalized around a dozen times, had emergency surgeries 5. The first instance by far the worst left me in a coma for 3 months, and unable to walk and perform most functions by myself. Requiring lots of physical therapy. Happy to say that I am able to walk and do most day to day tasks by myself today.

    But I am left without being able to work outside of the home. And As you can imagine, this is all very expensive. During my recovery, I had started a craft business, very small, to supplement my income while I was teaching myself to sew. We lost our home last year, and what the bank didn’t take, people in my neighborhood saw fit to relieve me of while I was in the hospital. Including my sewing machine. Ive been trying to replace it, even with a small one, but money is just so tight.

    Thanks for reading! And all that you’re doing!!

  78. Thank you for this opportunity, I am the coordinator of the Houston Area Coalition of Quilt Guilds and we have had so many members and whole Guilds lose their homes and meeting places I will share your Facebook post on our Facebook Group for our leaders to see and then share with their members. Thank you again. I will also be posting again for a personal request.

  79. I live in a Senior Property (low income) in Humble, TX (Houston) I have 6 ladies that want to learn to sew/quilt. Only 3 of them have machines, I have been bringing my “retreat machines” down for the others to use but we still have one lady without a machine at all to use. Being on fixed incomes doesn’t leave much money for them to afford to purchase a machine even a low level entry model. I am furnishing all the thread, batting, fabric, etc from my stash right now. It is such a joy to see them excited about being able to make something when all they normally have to look forward to is playing Bingo on Monday and Thursday! 713-410-7221

  80. Hi Scott, my name is Jo Miller and I am in charge of the Flying Needles Quilt Guild (in Shalimar Florida) Quilt Shows’ quilt walk in February 2018. My task is to go around to local quilt shops and request donations for the show to raffle off at the show. Needless to say, with the devastation in Florida many of our “usual” donators will be unable to help us this year. I am hoping to make this Show a success in spite of the catastrophe many have endured from the hurricane. To put a new machine in the hands of someone in need would give hope to many more. Please consider my request for the machine and/or anything else that may benefit this Quilt Show and those that attend.
    Thank you for your time as I know it is priceless!

  81. I live south of Houston, near Liverpool Texas and had 6 foot of water in my house for 6 days. I lost 5 sewing machines, my Janome DC 2014, a treadle Singer, my aunts 1970’s Singer that was in the most beautiful cabinet I’ve ever seen, and 2 non-working vintage Singers. :(.

  82. I am sending this on behalf of my sister. In April they lost home and contents due to a fire. Included in the contents was 20 plus of quilts she had made. She and her husband are in process of building a house and hope to be in by Nov. My Dad was born in this house and so was my sister. Holds a lot of family memories. She is now suffering with singles due to stress. Would love for her to have one of your machines. You are doing a wonderful things for so many. God bless.

  83. Hi Scott! My name is Bennie, I am very new to the quilting world and have fallen in love with it. Our Home flooded (about 6ft of water)with Harvey and I lost both my sewing machines that we had just recently purchased along with just about everything else in the house and both vehicles. We had to be taken by boat from our house, but are so grateful that all our family and pets were safe. I would love to have a machine back to start sewing again and have some normalcy. Thank you for reaching out to people who were affected. Your generosity is a bright spot in difficult times.

  84. Hello Scott,
    You are an admirable & generous guy!
    I sure wish I had the ability financially to do what you are trying to do.
    Hello, my name is Shirley Rash & I’m a senior. I’ve been sewing for 64 years since my mother handed me a needle & thread when I was 3!
    What I am “trying” to do is start up a sewing school in my youngest daughter’s old bedroom. She got married & left all her stuff & they’re saving for a Upac.
    One of the main items needed for the school, & the most expensive, is a sewing machine or two capable of withstanding a novice pupil who is learning how to sew. I have a Brother SE400 sewing/embroidery machine I was originally planning to use until I found out that people aren’t kind to a machine.
    I may not be in Florida or Texas or anywhere else that are victims of the terrible storms, but what I’m trying to do is teach people how to sew & pass on my knowledge & experience.
    At the moment I have my “eye” on a Brother CE 1800 machine at Walmart.
    Actually if I got a machine from you, I wouldn’t care if it has any great features like an auto threader, start stop button or speed control because I would be saving my Brother SE400 from being trashed.
    Thanks ahead of time for reading my message.
    Shirley Rash

    1. Shirley,
      You are lucky to have a machine and I admire what you are trying to do, but at this time I am trying to give machines to people with no machine at all. Hope you understand. Please don’t let this derail your plan though.

  85. HI I would love a new machine My machine is around 30 years old retired can’t afford new machine. 479 366 9914. Thank you Terrie.

  86. I would like to submit my granddaughter’s name to be considered for a sewing machine. She recently graduated from college, is an RN, working at a hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. She was in her first apartment and it was flooded. She has such a giving, sweet spirit that she considered her patients first, did not worry about her own possessions, but agreed to get back to the hospital to work her shift, plus fill in for others who could not get back to work their shifts. She was picked up in a boat and transported to the hospital due to the horrific flooding. She worked many long hours and I am so thankful for her selflessness and willingness to go the extra mile. She would love a new machine. She has never owned one, but has expressed an interest in sewing and crafting.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    If she is chosen I will give you her information.

  87. Thank you for the blessings that you are giving to others! I’ve been richly blessed by surviving throat cancer, having been diagnosed almost two years ago. Since then, I’ve had two surgeries, two rounds of chemo, 30 radiation treatments, and continue speech therapy at the VA.
    Just after finding out, there was a fire in my apartment complex. Asbestos was found and no one was allowed to take anything from the building so we lost everything. I’ve been sewing for over 45 years and had a ton of supplies and three machines. I’m a service connected disabled veteran, and have a very limited fixed income so I haven’t been able to replace much of anything. There’s a lawsuit pending but so far no court date.
    With PTSD I live with depression, but not having my sewing “therapy” has been horrible (Angela Walters). I did make clothes, quilts, cloth art dolls, home decor items, you name it, and had practiced FMQ for months.
    I’m 60 now and have lost almost two years so I’ve got lots of catching up to do! The Grand’s are still wanting the quilts and dolls I promised them before my illness. I did have the five quilt tops made, but they’re history now too.
    Any consideration you could give me is deeply appreciated. Many thanks for this opportunity!

    1. First of all thank you very much for your service to our country! My name is Bridgit Stein and I’m a volunteer for quilts of Valor Foundation. If you manage to get a sewing machine please send me an email and I will send you some fabric to start your collection again! It may not be very much but it’ll be a start! My email is

  88. God bless you for trying to make some lives a little more whole. I have and EverSewn and love it.
    I’m sure your recipients will too.

    1. That’s good to know. It is a machine and it is new. Beggars can’t be choosers and I can’t afford to give away $1000 machines indefinitely….wouldn’t that be nice though.

  89. It’s for my Niece. Shayna Humphrey. 7079265487 is her line she’s s mommy, a wife and a full time student of nursing. Has voiced interest in me teaching her but she doesn’t have a machine. Mine is fine for me would love to pass on what I’ve learned to the next generation. My name is Cheri Hill-kramarczyk and I’m in vegas 702/6880863. Her Auntie.

  90. I was high and dry during Harvey. Many of my neighbors were not so lucky. God bless you and your mission to get machines to the sewists that lost theirs. May your gifts be appreciated and used.

  91. I bought a used machine off a sale site on facebook…now that I have it running, my 11 year old daughter has taken a huge interest in sewing. We have started sewing reusable sanitary pads for Operation Christmas Child…she is so eager to sew, but if I let her do all of it, we won’t get our goal for this year. If chosen, she will be the owner, user and happiest girl in the area! Her goals are to make her own barbie doll clothes and to make some to give away as well. I can be reached at 724-681-6056, Leechburg, PA. Thank you so much for the opportunity and God Bless those who are chosen!

    1. Morning Carrie,
      This is a good thing. However, at this time I am focusing on people that don’t have access to machines at all before others that have no access whatsoever. I hope you can understand. Please consider sending in another request some time next year after I got some machines to people with nothing.

      1. Understood completely…after I posted, I re-read and felt greedy! Please continue your giving! I will continue to teach my daughter and hope someday she will have a machine of her own.

  92. I just sent this link to a friend in the Houston area, so hopefully some legit flood/hurricane victims that lost their machine will get in touch with you and maybe replace their lost one. Just wanted to say, I will be buying some Studio E fabric and thank you for what you are doing for those affected. Sewing and creating is such a wonderful way to de-stress and also do something normal after going through so much.

  93. What a blessing. We were involved in a flood in late April of this year in southern Missouri. Our house and all contents were washed away. I had just purchased a new embroidery machine. The only thing that was saved was our travel trailer which is where we live now. We did not have insurance to cover any of our lossesour losses. When you must replace everything a sewing machine is low on the list. 727 271 7573

  94. I live in Jacksonville, Fl. My home was not affected by the hurricane besides tree limbs down and no power for days, For which I am thankful.

    However, I am working 60-70 hours a week now, helping 300 storage customers with our company, who have lost so much in the flooding of their storage spaces, and often their homes and cars, too.

    My respite from the stress of work is packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. A sewing machine would allow me to help so many more children across the world.

    Thank you for your consideration.

  95. Thank you for you loving and caring heart.

    My name is Pam. I live in Sanford, Fl. We experienced part of Irmas rath and she was fierce. Thank god above our home wasn’t severely damaged and we are truly blessed. We have three medical people in our home, one needing a cpap machine nightly, one born disabled, another having severe migraines due to chiari malformation. We don’t have extra money and hubby is the sole provider, so purchasing a generator for the storm was not fisable for us. After day two of no power, hubbies uvula swelled and he began having problems getting air. Thank goodness, I was able to assist him. Then our disabled son passed out numerous times due to the heat as well as being sick prior to the storm. Our home was in medical crisis nearly everyday. Special needs shelter were only accepting the special needs person plus a care giver, meaning someone would be left behind, so we had to chose to do the best we could and fought through it.

    During this time we would load up coolers during the day and travel around our community. We did this keep cool, but also to pass out gatorade and water to linemen risking their lives to help us. We spotted a lady whom was cooking for people and passing out free meals, so we returned home, emptied our freezer and brought her meats to help feed others. I strive to teach all my children that life isn’t about our needs, but about the needs of others around us.

    This storm taught me a lot. It also made me feel as if I’ve failed. September is children’s cancer awareness month. I generally dedicate my time and sew pillow cases, blankets as well as hospital gowns through out the month. It’s part of spreading love, cheer and hope to those whom truly need to feel their lives matter. During this storm, I’ve had to focus on my family and I feel like I’ve let a lot of others down whom truly need blessed.

    I’m not writing asking for machine, it would be nice I’m writing to say thanks for blessing people’s lives. My little brother sewing machine has taken me many places in not just helping my family, but also blessing the lives of sick children, adults, homeless children, homeless adults and abused women. Life isn’t about what all you have, it’s about caring for the ones around you and I thank you tremendously for blessing others lives. I hope your machines take them down paths that blesses others around them.

    Thank you

    1. Wow Pam. When I hear stuff like this, it really puts life in to perspective. You sound like a truly amazing woman. I was ready to give you a machine until you told me that you weren’t asking for one and you already had one. You are truly an amazing person. Please continue to take good care of your family. Thinking of you and hoping your days get easier and you family heals.

  96. I love this contest! What a great way of giving back. Do you sell sewing machines? If so, what is your website? Would love to get a quilting machine in the future.

    Thank you for caring so much for those who have lost so much.

  97. I am writing for my friend, Mary Behnke, who lost everything in the recent flood. This is her second time to lose it all, as her home flooded after hurricane Ike, too. This time they are forced to abandon their home and start over. Mary is an accomplished quilter, and I was able to save a lot of her quilts, and some fabric, but her sewing machine and tools were a total loss. She had water up to 6 feet in her house. Since she doesn’t have access to the internet right now – I thought I would apply for her.
    She lives in Orange, Texas – where almost everyone was affected by the storm.
    My home, in nearby Beaumont, was not damaged so I was able to help muck out and wash fabric, but I am not able to replace her equipment.
    Thank you for what you are doing. You are truly an angel.
    Lynn Gerhard

    1. Morning Lynn,
      This is very kind of you. Glad to hear that you are ok, but of course I am sad to hear about your friend Mary. Your plea is being considered. Have a great weekend.

      1. Yea for Mary! and blessings to you Scott. You are truly a generous and loving person. You are putting a ray of sunshine in the lives of many – and as a side – some loyal new customers for Blank quilting products.
        Lynn Gerhard

  98. Thank you Scott for your generosity in helping those affected by the storms to regain some normalcy in their lives. I will definitely be buying more Studio E fabric in the future!
    God Bless!

  99. Hi Scott. First let me say I LOVE THIS! Thank you so much for what you are doing to help! I am retired, and in the past year started making small pillows with pockets, and cozy lap blankets with pockets. I give them away to friends, family and complete strangers who need something to hold close for comfort &/or support. They may also need to have near them a phone, a tissue, chap stick, or something sentimental. Hence, the pocket. I cannot afford on my income to buy a sewing machine, so I make everything my hand. Although I live in N.C., I have been thinking since Irma hit, about making pillows for Florida & Texas. But, WOW, a sewing machine would help me crank out my donations SO MUCH FASTER!! Please consider me! I am happy to send you pictures if you’d like!
    Thank you for all that you are doing! Sincerely! Clevie Evans 919-449-7100

  100. I’m in League City, Texas, not far from Galveston Bay and just south of Houston. We were very blessed to live on a second floor apartment and suffered no loss there of our belongings, and the worst we got was water in one of our cars that took a trip to get it detailed and a complete tune up done. My daughter, Hannah, is nine (she’s one of our eight kids – his, mine, ours, and adopted). She loves all things fashion, and wants to design clothes that are modest and trendy when she grows up. I really want to be able to teach her how to use a sewing machine now while she’s young. This girl, she’s small but mighty, and she works hard every day, despite a lot of disabilities she faces with learning. So proud of my Hannah Banana.

  101. Hi there! I will start by saying that our family was not affected by the floods as we live in Michigan. We have however been affected by our own crisis. I am the mom of five beautiful children. Our son is the oldest and then we have quadruplet 12 year old daughters. Unfortunately, this last July, one of our daughters passed away. As parents, we are doing our best to deal with our own grief as well as help our children. One of our daughters LOVES to design clothes and is constantly wishing for a sewing machine but it just isn’t in the budget. I know a machine would be get so much use in this house by all of us. Abby would be unstoppable in her creative outlets with a machine and what a great outlet for all of their emotions! If you are choosing to stick with Florida and Texas, I totally understand. Thanks for the consideration of my girls and I.

  102. You are extremely generous! My daughter would love it if you would consider us! My mother is a huge quilter as is one of her aunts and she would love to learn but our machine got dropped in our move and had to be thrown away. Haven’t been able to make room in the budget yet for one.

  103. I am writing for myself. This starting over with my Quilting stuff is hard. Throwing away contaminated items and watching years of stuff and lots of money be thrown in a pile on the side of the road was hard. I have lost 90% of my quilt room and thanks to family and friends I was able to wash and save some of my fabrics. My stress reliever of Quilting is at a stop right now…no tools, little fabric and need to get my machine serviced to see if it is working properly. Yes there is sunshine behind dark clouds, I patiently will continue to trust God and wait for the sunshine. A new machine would be nice. Please consider me for this gift. 4092016658

  104. Hello! My husband knows I love crafts and sewing so he has been bugging me to enrol in the sewing class of hobby lobby close to us but I keep saying next time. We are just a newly wed and I’m used to working so I was having hard time adjusting because taking care of him and our house is the priority for now. Now that I feel I’m ready we started making big plans. We just got a house for us, still need some furnitures and a bigger car for our growing family so I just thought of trying my luck here. Brand new curtains in my house that I myself can make will be great!

    1. OK. A young love story, growing family, that sacrifices to care for others and wants to make curtains… a lover of crafts and sewing.

  105. I live in Lady Lake FL and experienced Irma with flooding and tree damage. Luckily the house wasn’t damaged. I am asking for my grandson Aiden who suffers with autism but has learned to hand sewn small items. Since his attention span is short I was surprised by his interestin sewing. He is extremely creative and would love to help him learn more about how to sew and make larger sturdy projects. He is 8 years old and an elementary school student. I would love to have a machine to teach him the basics and let him create. Thanks for all the wonderful support you are giving to the communities in need. Every single gesture is much appreciated by many.

  106. Hi I live in Fl.we lost power die to Irma, now that I am ready to start sewing my Kenmore would not work and I have bags of Baby blanket and burpie to work on so my quilt guild can donate. Please consider me, I need your help,Thank you.

  107. Dear Scott,

    I have lived at 32766 Bimini Ln., Big Pine Key, FL 33043 for 22 years. I retired in 2005 and starting quilting as a hobby. Quilting became my passion. I have made many quilts and when I ran out of family and friends, and children of all my grandchildren, I started making quilts for charities, strangers, or to the local volunteer firehouses for auction to raise funds or to anyone in need after a house fire.

    Sadly my home was damaged during Hurricane Irma, and four neighbors homes were devastated. Neighbors are helping neighbors rebuild this close knit community of only 14 homes. Having a new machine and some fabric to work with during this stressful time of rebuilding our homes would be a blessing. Recovery will take a long time but having time to sew at night would be great therapy for me and a quilt or two for my neighbors as we rebuild our homes and lives.

    Thank you for thoughtfulness and generous offer to help others. Sorry I couldn’t figure out a way to attach photos.

    Mary Bakke
    32766 Bimini Ln.
    Big Pine Key, FL 33043
    Cell: 305-509-0678

    1. This woman could use a break, and then she wants to bless her neighbors that are rebuilding their homes and their lives.

  108. As a person that loves and lives to sew this is truly an awesome thing to do for people still in shock from their losses! May it replace the tears of loss to a smile for the future. A selfless gift of kindness to others that is needed in our country at this time.

  109. Wow! Scott you are certainly a servant of God! What an outreach, your kindness and donations provide not only a tool for others but hope for them, and the ability to pay it forward.
    Thank you, after all the reason we are on this earth is to help others!
    I have many machines, I repair sewing machines in my business, and when given the “Holy nudge” I have passed along machines to those that do not have one.
    I have been blessed with the comfort of sewing for others and get great joy by helping a beginner love the process of creating. Thank you and know you are appreciated for your desire to introduce this wonderful craft to others.

    1. Thank you! A lot of my requests are from people that need their machines fixed. Maybe you could pay it forward by offering to fix some machines gratis. You will feel amazing for doing it.

  110. First I want to thank you for doing this! Thank you very much!
    I’m not asking for myself, I’m asking to receive a sewing machine for a family who I know that could improve their household income through this. They have five young children and struggling hard. I know the mother knows how to sew, but she hasn’t a sewing machine.
    Compared to the people who got hit by the Hurricane we all are well off, but some of us still struggle to make a living.
    Again, thanks for doing this, whoever is a receiver will be very happy.

    1. I vote yes – 5 times (5 young children).
      SHE could use the stress relief! Just imagine 5 kids climbing into your bed interrupting your dreams!

  111. my heart is bursting with gratefulness… Scott Fortunoff has sent us fabric from Blank fabrics to help teach sewing! thank you Scott for your kindness! — because our Center for Hope is still being used by FEMA we have not had an opportunity to open our hearts to teach so I posted this to our local message boards here in town:

    “” Looking for ONE person (woman, man) who has been effected by Harvey that would like to take a beginner sewing lesson- Monday Oct 2, at the library- no children please- if you dont know how to sew and would like to try and see if you like it, i have a donated machine and fabric, and if you can spend from 10-2 with my group, I will teach you some basics and you can make a project (microwave bowls- quick table runner- placemats) please TEXT me only at 936-433-7206 – must have group meets one Monday a month, there might be more time avail. and room to add for additional sewers… Mary (I will be cross posting this)

  112. I don,t need a new sewing machine –but Someone in our sewing group could really use one. She does knitting right now as hers is broke and can,t afford to get it fixed. She has been hit with some very sad circumstances as of late. Lost her son a couple months ago,and is still taking it hard. She would love to get back into sewing again. by the way–she is our quilt inspector at sewing–She is 101 years young and has done a lot of donations to various groups in her lifetime. She would –in my opinon
    she would deserve it, and appreciate it very much.

    1. Donna,
      This is very kind of you and all things being equal she would be a good candidate. However, at this time I am focusing on people who are facing tragedy. I would consider going to a local sewing machine shop and perhaps you will find a kind sole to fix the machine out of the kindness of their hearts. You just never know. Good luck.

  113. My Daughter is disabled (epilepsy) after removal of a non-malignant brain tumor 23 years ago. She can’t hold a job, it seems to make her body too stressed and tired and increases the frequency and severity of her seizures and she ends up in the hospital for several days. She cannot afford a sewing machine but wants one very badly so she can make clothing, curtains, quilts etc. for herself and her friends. I am retired and living on my social security and cannot afford to get her one. This would give her something to do and brighten her life tremendously if she is chosen to be one of the recipients of your kindness.

  114. Hi Scott
    I saw this posted on our guild page. I am in China, Texas. My area was the one hit with the record flooding. I lost virtually all in my house. I lost my first sewing machine as well as my Mom’s. Fabric I had collected for years all gone as well as yarn I’d purchased for projects. The one thing I did get to save was my grandmother’s sewing basket. Water stood in my house for 4 days. I’ve never seen anything like this ever. You basically loose all. I even had to put my good mare down due to the stress she was under. I was not like some who lost all sorts of fancy sewing machines and many vehicles. I lost a little ole Singer I learned on. It was a hobby where one could create and leave a highly stressful job behind. 409-719-6562
    Thank you for what you are doing and thank you for your consideration.

    1. She’s sentimental. She collected fabric. Hmmm. She thought to save her Grandmother’s sewing basket.
      She enjoys her simple life and has a stressful job.

  115. My friend, Cathy Lempa, in Beaumont, Tx, had water up to the ceiling. She and her husband had to be rescued. They lost everything. Cathy had to relocate. Her husband had to go to a nursing home and Cathy is moving into an apartment. She has recently had to go into a wheelchair as a result of polio when she was a child. Cathy is the most positive, upbeat person, She is amazing. She is looking at all this as a new adventure. She is a passionate quilter who makes wonderful quilts full of color and joy. I would love to see her win one of your sewing machines.
    I am Carol Taylor and my # is 409-658-8391

  116. Hi! What a great thing you are doing! I would love to have a machine. I am 60 years old and am raising my 2 grandchildren by myself. They are 6 & 8 and I have been blessed with having the privilege of raising them. We are poor in finances but rich in so many other things. I took early retirement in order to live and care for them the way they deserve. I don’t have a machine … I had one but sold it. I do handwork now like grandmothers flower garden and other quilt patterns I can do by hand. I do miss not having a sewing machine. Thank you so much.

    1. Still considering her? What do you think she’d teach those little grandchildren that she has the privilege of raising?
      Poor in finances but rich where it matters – in her heart!
      Where do you think I’m going with this?

  117. This is a fabulous thing you are doing and your generosity is inspiring! I would love to win a machine as I have been using a loaner since first learning to sew a couple years ago. I have 6 younglings, 3 to 19 and have enjoyed sewing for them and stretching the dollars by finding fabric at thrift shops and the like. Owning a machine would be amazing!. Thank you

    1. Hi Amy,
      Thanks for your note. So the thing is that I am trying to give the machines out to those suffering from tragedy and also those without access to a machine. Since it sounds like you have access, I think there are others who are more in need than you at this time. I am sorry.

    2. She has access… but SHE doesn’t have a machine! SHE has 6 kids instead of her own machine. Do you think any of her kids would see her joy of sewing and want to learn to be like her?
      Kinda like… what do you want to do when you grow up? Then Daddy whispers in your ear, “Sell fabric like Daddy!”

  118. Good morning,
    I was also affected by Hurricane Harvey. Our home received 18 inches of flood water. The sewing/playroom was the first to go under and the last to be cleaned out. All of my projects and materials on the floor or in the lower drawers were lost. I got my machine out as quickly as I could, but I haven’t set it up to see if it is working or not. It makes me heartsick to think about it because I had just paid it off. A new machine would lift our spirits. My daughters also sew as much as little girls can. My email is and I’m in Groves, Tx.

    1. Laura,
      I am sorry to hear about what you are going through. That being said, I am trying to give away machines to those without any access to machines at all. I suggest that you try and get the machine fixed before requesting a new one from me. A lot of people don’t have a machine at all and those are the people that I want to focus on at this time. Thank you for your understanding. Have a great weekend.

  119. Scott- we unveiled Charlotte at the sewing bee- you will be in receipt of the first items sewn on her… Sharon Jeans- (holding charlotte) is a big big fan of Blank Fabric! Thank you from all of us! we are off and running on creating..

  120. I’m NOT in FL or TX but neighboring OK. My machine died. I have fibromyalgia and need a hobby to keep my sanity. I love to piece and would love to quilt for charity (and I quilt for my granddaughter). I am a survivor of incest and breast cancer and have PTSD. I need to do something to help others to help myself. Thank you for a chance to get a machine. I have some fabric.

  121. Scott, I no longer know how I learned of your generous offer. I am NOT submitting a request at this time, but will be passing information of it on to Mennonite Disaster Service’s (MDS) Bi-National Office, for dissemination via our Project Directors, who may well learn of exactly the people you want to reach with your offer. We are a faith-based, Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster (VOAD) providing free volunteer labor to assist those who are the neediest, most overlooked, and who typically fall between the cracks, or are not eligible for normal channels of assistance after disasters. Typically we work to aid the elderly, disabled, single parents and others with dire needs. I am presently in Bloomington, TX for the next 4 weeks (arrived 1 week ago), then another volunteer will take my place doing my job of office support for the volunteer crews that come to us from all over the US & Canada, who give up a week or two to help others as we believe scripture calls us to do. Typically, we remain for several years at disaster sites, continuing well after a particular disaster fades from the news, helping the people and communities rebuild and recover, building relationships, and restoring hope. We are hoping, and praying, the local people in this community will be able to set up their long-term recovery committee (LTRC) to seek and accept funds for materials, to assess & verify clients needs, and to enable those needs to be met and homes to be repaired or rebuilt by volunteers with labor we can provide. MDS arranges for free labor (mostly Amish, Mennonite, Brethren, and other Anabaptist groups), but does not cover costs of materials or supplies for the repairs/rebuilding, so we are anxiously awaiting, and supporting the community with resources, to learn what they need to do so we can stay to assist beyond the clean up of trees & debris, & tarping of roofs–which is our current focus. MDS has been responding to disasters in the US, Canada, and US territories since 1950, and are well respected by FEMA, Red Cross, United Way, Salvation Army and others, who are national VOADs. You can learn more about us at Last I had time to look, the town I’m in, Bloomington TX, has been highlighted 4-5 times on their front web page with stories & a video. If not on the front page now, go to Region 3, then “Where We are Working.” A local County Commissioner has said of the homes here in this community, that these were like the straw houses in the Three Little Pigs Story–it doesn’t take much to blow apart “straw houses.” I’d read he also reported, of the estimated 800 homes here, 500-600 were badly damaged. There is lots to do here!!! MDS is also in Florida, where they have done MANY projects over the years, as well as many other states and communities where previous floods, fires, tornados, mud slides and more have occurred over the last several years. Having worked with many disaster organizations after Katrina, I can’t say enough good things about how MDS operates at EVERY level! I’m grateful my own health has improved to allow me to participate once again in “Rebuilding HOPE!” the MDS way! Thanks for all you are doing, in your arena! God Bless you!

  122. My request is for a friend who lives in Rockport TX. She lost just about everything in the hurricane. She has been able to have her condo rebuilt but almost all of her belongings are gone, including all of her craft/sewing things. She is a wonderfully creative person and has done so much for others during her own recovery. To top it off, I found out that she lost her mother last week. I would love for her to have a new sewing machine, if for no other reason than as a reminder that good things also happen in this life.

  123. I would love to win a machine. I teach quilting from my home. But I would not be keeping for myself. We have gone thru a harsh summer here in Montana due to fires across the state. I know many families have lost their homes, in turn losing a beloved sewing machine/ or friend as many of us refer to them. I would donate to one of the fellow quilters from MT that are in need. I use my machine as therapy at times, so I know many a quilter does also. Thank you for doing this. A wonderful cause. I am in Helena, MT

  124. My daughter is awaiting her disability. She is raising 3 little ones plus she suffers from chronic depression along with several physical dibilating conditions. She wants to learn to sew as she sees the ways sewing has helped me & she wants to get good enough at it to sell her creations & support her family. I help her all I can but I’m on a limited income & can’t afford a machine for her.
    Her name is Shelley & number is 8163414486

  125. It just breaks my heart to read these posts, especially those affected by Hurricane Harvey, as I was a victim of this horrible disaster. My small community, outside of Houston, sat inside of the eye wall (NOT EYE) enduring wind gusts of 75-150 mph, and heavy rains, for three days, before he came back through, headed back into the Gulf. I too lost my own little world of sewing and quilting. I had two sewing machines, a serger, an INNOVA quilter, 50+ bolts of fabric, etc., but I still have my life. Even though I lost it all, I’m ready to try and rebuild what was taken from me.
    IF anyone deserves a sewing machine it would be the quilting ladies of Rockport, Texas. This town LOST EVERYTHING!!! Rockport was the direct hit of Harvey. They have NO high school, very few businesses, and I’m sure their quilt museum is gone. Piecemakers By The Bay
    1515 North Live Oak
    Rockport, Texas 78382
    I’m not too sure if they have a building to quilt or hold meetings; not too sure if they have phone service, but if anyone deserves a machine (or two), it would be these very sweet ladies of South Texas.

  126. Scott, Just love what you are doing. It’s a real example of the caring and generous nature of our industry. Thank you. Proud to part of this industry. I’ll repost your blog on our ICAP Facebook Page in hopes that others in need will see it.

  127. GA didn’t make the news after Irma, but flood damage was so bad our county was closed off to returning evacuees for three days. We lost EVERYTHING we own to two feet of contaminated water left by Hurricane Irma. Everything includes my much loved and much used sewing machine. More loved than the sewing machine are photo’s that can never be replaced.

  128. Shortly after the hurricane I posed this very question to my QOV facebook group… I’m so happy someone steps up and does something good like this. I am in the flood area around Houston I’m very fortunate that my house did not get flooded but all I could think about our volunteer Quilters that would not be able to do what they do if they don’t have a sewing machine. Watching the Hurricane ride over our state and the flooding to continue for over a week and my first thought was on those who lost everything that’s a big number right now in Texas I has been a volunteer for quilts of Valor for 6 years and firmly believe the time we spend sewing and creating presentation quilts for our soldiers is as therapeutic for us as it is our soldiers. So I hope Many quilters for any organization are blessed to receive help from someone in our industry. Thank you for what you are doing!

    1. Hi Bridgette,
      Thanks for your note. Please realize that in order for me to give people machines that they need to post their request in the blog comments of any of my blogs. Please share this with them so they can apply.

  129. My Granddaughter, Danielle Block lives in Michigan and has three small children. She does not have a sewing machine and needs one badly to sew and to mend clothing for her son age 6, daughters ages 4 and 2 months. She struggles to make ends meet and would love to be able to sew. I posted your facebook post to her, but she cannot always have service for her cell phone. She does not have email. She has no income and is a single Mom. Please consider her for a sewing machine. I taught her how to sew when she was younger and really wants to make some quilts for her kids as Michigan’s winters are very cold!

  130. I just picked up my machine from repair shop Not fixable Sad I make quilts for veterans, preschool, cancer patients and family. Love it all. Since I am 83 I like the stop and go as that helps my back.

  131. The wind and rain from hurricane Nate caused a limb to break the window in my sewing room rain water filled my sewing machine which was sitting under the window and now it won’t work I tried to see if I could get fixed and was told it was not worth fixing. I am on fixed income and can not afford to buy a new machine, I even went to the local thrift store and could not find one. I rent this house and had no renters insurance. I would love to have a new machine and I hope you will consider me for a new machine

  132. Hi Scott,
    I’m new to face book and blogging, so I hope I am doing this right.
    received my first and only sewing machine in 1975 when I graduated from high school and have used it much over the years (curtains, covering chairs, etc.). Recently, I had some serious stomach issues and then fell tearing my right meniscus. These left me out of work for some time. While off I had my sewing machine cleaned and repaired by a reputable sewing machine repair shop, but it is still not working properly. — My first son got married this year and I would like to carry on a family tradition started by my Grandmother. She made each of my seven siblings and me a quilt for each of our weddings. Oddly enough, as the aforementioned siblings retire, many of them have taken up Grandma’s tradition of quilting.
    I know there are many deserving applicants, but please consider that I had to retire early due to my illnesses and am on a fixed income. Having a sewing machine is almost a dream to me now.

      1. Hi Scott,
        Sorry for any inconveniences you have had trying to get a hold of me. I don’t know why you were told my number was out of service. Also, thank you for providing the area codes you use, as I usually don’t pick up calls I don’t recognize. As for your speaking with my son, he apologized to me several times because he forgot that you might be calling. I am still in need of a machine and hope I will hear from you.
        Nancy Wood

  133. I don’t need anything..just a sewer from Canada saying “wow” for your generosity to all those sewers who are lost without their machines..I know I would be. Bless you for caring.

  134. Scott, I think this is such a wonderful thing you are doing. I saw your blog post a few weeks ago, but I live in Ohio and am very thankful that I have not experienced the tragedies that are occurring in other parts of the states. Today, on facebook, I read a post from a fellow quilter who is a member of the Moda Blockheads group. Her name is Linda Phillips. She shared a picture of the last block she had completed beside a picture of her home that had burned to the ground in the Santa Rosa Fires. She was working a night shift at a hospital when the news came and had no time to get to home to rescue anything including her 2 dogs. She has lost everything. Many members (hundreds, I believe) are sending her fabric from their stashes, myself included. She has been so gracious and stated she wasn’t looking for donations but that quilting is what will help her heal. I do not have her email address or phone number. I have shared your blog on the group page hoping she will see it and write to you directly, but I am sure she has many things to attend to right now. I would love for her to be chosen to receive a new machine. I do have her address and could get more information from her in the event that you would consider her for a free sewing maching. Thank you so much for your consideration.

    1. I am sorry to hear about this. I will need contact info from her so we can speak. Also, please know that there is no major rush as I plan to giveaway machines indefinitely. Thanks.

      1. Scott, thank you so much for your kindness and generosity to all of these people who have suffered such devastating losses this year. It gives me renewed hope and faith in mankind when so much of our country seems so divided and full of hate. We should all share love and kindness such as you are demonstrating.

  135. Hello from Harvey Hit Southeast Texas. I’m not looking to win a machine (although it would be nice) just wanted to say what a very generous gift you are bestowing on people and to say Thank You!
    Yes, I did lose everything including 2 sewing machines in my house with 5 ft of water from Harvey but I did save my few quilts and those of my late Mother and Grandmothers. I also saved the large hand quilting frame gifted to me from my late Aunt. And I’m glad for that.
    I started hand quilting a long time ago standing with a frame hung from my grandmothers ceiling. I inherited this quilt ceiling frame only to lose it in Hurricane Rita. And had been teaching myself to machine sew on my Brother SE400 for the past year. Only to lose it in Harvey. I will bounce back and with a bigger sewing room too!
    You are a good soul!
    Hugs from Texas!

  136. Hi Scott,
    I am an avid sewer, and I work with families that are at or below poverty level (That have children under the age of 5). I have wanted to share my sewing with these families for years. If you’re ever made anything you know that feeling of making something for someone you love. Well, I want to share that feeling with the families I work with. I came across a video on facebook. What a great thing you are doing, helping others get back to ‘normal’ or just a little healing while they do what they love best. If you can help me help some of the families at my work that would be great. thanks so much, let me know more,

    1. Hi Deb,
      Thanks for your comments. In order for me to help you out, I need your families to make the request on my blog on their own. They definitely sound eligible so please explain to them how to apply.

    1. Hi Sharon,
      I need a little more than this to gift you a sewing machine. Have you had to endure tragedy? Why should I give you a machine over someone else? I will give your request some consideration after you elaborate. Thank you.

  137. On August 20, 2017, me and my fiance started renting my first house at the age of 20 and then on August 22,2017 after 15 hours of labor and an emergency C-section, I had a beautiful 9lb 9oz baby girl named Sharon. I was so excited to be able to start sewing up blankies and jammies like my grandma did for me. After only 2 weeks of living in the house we were robbed late at night. They threw a brick threw the window that landed in the baby swing that Sharon usually slept in. They ended up breaking glass all over Sharon’s bed, swing and clothes and stole over $3,000 worth of items. So instead of being down and sad I’m trying to craft my way through the struggle and a sewing machine would make it better.

    1. Wow Johanna. Well, that really sucks, but I am glad no one was injured. That is the most important thing. Congratulations on having the baby…that is amazing. 9 lbs 9 oz…very impressive. Anyway, I would love to consider you for a free sewing machine. Please send me your phone number address and I will certainly give your request strong consideration. Please just be patient. Keep you head up. Good luck

      1. Yay!!! Thank you for your consideration!! I sent you my info and I’m super excited for this chance!!

  138. Hi Scott, unfortunately we were hit by Irma in Manatee county FL. We live in a 55+ community. Our roof over was torn off then 1/2 of the original roof got ripped off. Besides our roof we lost our carpeting, paneling and insulation. Everthing else seemed to have dried out. In the last four weeks we’ve managed to get a new roof and insulation back on. I did not loose a sewing machine in this storm. I’m not asking for a sewing machine, cause I can get an older one giving to me. What I’d like people to know is, most people affected by hurricanes don’t have hurricane insurance because of the cost of that insurance. We just pray we don’t get hit! Unfortunately it was our turn. We’re hoping for FEMA to help us out with some of the cost. So far, we haven’t heard anything back. What you and your connections are offering is awesome. Again I can get by with a older machine. Quilting is pretty much straight stiches! Happy sewing everyone!

    1. Well I pray you don’t get hit either. I hope FEMA takes good care of you as best as they can. Thanks for your kind words. Keep your head up because this too shall pass.

  139. I would love to have a machine for a life skills class I am going to be volunteering at. These are students that won’t be taking a college route in life but we hope to see them succeed in the trades market. Thank you in advance.

  140. Proof positive that there are still wonderful people left in this world that still think of others and not just themselves. Whether I am picked are not, I want to say thank you. I live in Pearland, Texas, a suburb of Houston. I would like to put my name in the hat on behalf of my daughter. She has always struggled in school, but fell in love with her fashion design class last year and was found to be incredibly talented. Unfortunately, we are not able to afford a sewing machine for her to continue her love on her own. In 2015, her dad was diagnosed with heart problems which landed him in the hospital, not once, but twice with surgery involved. Then, at the beginning of this year, he was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer. Again, off to the hospital for surgery. Thank the Lord, so far, so good. But hospital bills have piled up. Then came Hurricane Harvey. While we were so much more blessed than many, we did have damage to our home that we haven’t been able to get repaired as the deductible is quite high. I know there are many in much worse situations than we are, but I would love to be able to gift one of your wonderful machines to my daughter that otherwise won’t be possible. Thank you for your consideration. God Bless.

  141. Hello!
    My name is Danielle and I am from Houston, Texas :).
    I am 15 years old, and I am trying to learn how to sew. No one else in my family sews much, so outside of a few sewing classes, I’m self-taught. I have a sewing machine that I love to death, but it’s so old that it can’t do much. It was my grandma’s machine (who has since passed away), and while I am very emotionally attached to that machine and will probably never get rid of it, it can only do a straight stitch and a zig zag stitch. It’s difficult to sew zippers, and almost impossible to do buttonholes.
    I would really love to get a new, operational sewing machine! I was not personally affected by Harvey (yay), but my cousins were, so I’ve been trying my best to fix up their affected clothes or tailor the new clothes that they had to buy. Also (on a less serious note), I could finally hem my brother’s pants faster, which he seems to constantly grow out of.
    I’m really sorry if this is a little long haha and I really appreciate your generosity. I really really hope that you consider me!
    Thanks Much!

  142. Hi Scott, this is a wonderful, kind and thoughtful thing you are doing. I am a single grandmother (3 grandchildren at home) that was diagnosed with breast cancer a year and a half ago. I had surgery, radiation and now doing chemo. I had to retire for health reasons and am now living on very limited income. I would love, love to teach my 3 grandchildren who live with me how to sew. I am from a sewing/quilting family but my grandmother and mother are gone now. I really would like to carry my families tradition of making quilts and sewing with love. I do miss sewing! I used to make my families clothes and would to be able to that again .Thank you for your time and kindness for others. Diane sanchez 6023738816

  143. I live in No. Ft. Myers and did sustain damage (roof has a tarp on it and needs to be replaced due to bad leaks) but was denied by FEMA. I have need of a lightweight machine so I can attend quilting classes when I am able (recovering from hip replacement and have MS) and cannot manage a heavy one. Thanks for your consideration. Judi @2392239421.

  144. Dear Scott,

    What a sweet outreach! I am just coming up for air from the NorCal Wildfires that claimed thousands of homes in my sweet town of Santa Rosa, CA. We lost our home and everything we own. The thing I miss the most is working in my beautiful quilt studio where I (ironically) was in the process of making a Habitat for Humanity Quilt, to be given to a 14YO girl who will be moving into her first home in 2018. In addition my 2 YO granddaughter would have been gifted a monster quilt, that I was rounding the corner on completing. Those are only 2 of the multiple projects that I was working on. Quilters gotta quilt, and I am itching to get back to it, as I know that my skills will be useful to countless others in my community who have lost their homes also. A quilt gives comfort like nothing else! Thank you for your consideration!

  145. Im not sure I posted on the correct page so I’m going to repost here to be on the safe side.
    Hello Scott, I wanted to put myself in for possibly receiving a new machine. I was not affected by any of the natural disasters but I am in desperate need of a machine. I recently began making dresses, reusable menstrual pads, shorts and stuffed teddies for Operation Christmas Child boxes that I am putting together. The machine I had recently broke (on the 21st) of this month and I have absolutely no way to complete these items. My original machine was a birthday gift from my father years ago. My husband and I can not afford to buy another machine because I can no longer work due to having peripheral neuropathy and fibromyalgia and we have to live off of my husband’s income alone. We have five children to support and a new machine can’t come before food and other needs of my children. We simply don’t have the expendable income for such a cost. Making the items for occ was a blessing for me as I was able to feel I was once again contributing to something worthy and now it’s been taken from me. If you would consider me for a machine please call me at 240-714-1923. I live in Hagerstown MD. Thank you for reading about my desire to get back to sewing

  146. Hi my name is Alyssa and I live in Victoria, Texas on the coast. I’m getting married in a year and I wanted to make my wedding dress but the hurricane put a huge damper on our budget. I’ve been hand sewing small things since my last sewing machine got water damaged but I don’t want to hand sew the dress, it’s not as precise. Thank you for this opportunity and have a nice day!

    1. Hi Alyssa,
      As we already spoke this morning, you will be getting a sewing machine from me as long as you promise to send pictures of your dress made with your new machine. Can’t wait to see it. Good luck to you and your fiancee.

  147. Way to go Scott! I do not need a machine but I am still relieved you are doing this. I live in Fort Worth, Texas and since Harvey hit I have thought of many things I own that would or could be lost if something like that had happened to me. My sewing machine is on that list! It made more of an impact to me than my computer even. Computer is backed up to the cloud, so it’s just a thing. But my sewing machine is sentimental to me, and it’s still just a thing that can be replaced but it would be far down the list of necessities. I thought of all the sewists in Houston and what they were doing without their machines and fabric. Thank you for covering this niche!

  148. Dear Scott:

    I am a disabled woman living in Queens NY. I would like to know if I could have a sewing machine? I sew to help with my PTSD and Major Depression. I am a fourth generation quilter descended from a woman who was a Gee’s Bend quilter. I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you

  149. I would love for you to consider my oldest daughter for the blessing of a sewing machine. Like many others, she had lived in a not good situation. She went several years not working, convinced she was incapable. She just got a job a few weeks ago and is trying to get on her feet. She is wanting to get back to sewing but doesn’t have a machine. It would be so wonderful for her to have her own machine. With me on disability, it’s not possible for me to get her one. Thanks for reading my request!

  150. Hello Scott, what a wonderful thing you are doing. You are a true blessing to the world of sewing. I live in the Florida Keys, actually in the area that was hardest hit area from Irma. I am the current President of Paradise Quilters. We are a small guild that meets on Big Pine Key (we lost our meeting space at the local Senior Center). A few of the members lost everything in their sewing stash, fabric, machines, quilts… I would love to see one of these fabulous quilters receive a machine. Next month our guild will be holding it’s annual Christmas party. This year in lieu of our regular gift exchange, those of us that were fortunate to come home to an undamaged stash are gifting new items from our own stash to those in our guild who lost everything. I will private message their names and contact information.
    My contact information is: Dawn Davis, 27366 Cayman Ln. Ramrod Key, FL 305-923-0699

  151. Hi Scott,
    A huge thank you for what you are doing. I to was affected by Irma like so many others. We are still waiting on our insurance company decision for the repairs of our roof. Thank goodness no one was hurt. I dont own a sewing machine but i would love to start up learning again. Its been years since my mother tought me and now im retired due to my disabilitys. It would be a great way to help me to stay busy and make things for my grandbabies. I do hope you consider me. Have a wonderful day.

  152. Hi, Scott! I’m from Texas, but thankfully my home was damaged, though surrounding areas were. Ms. Jenny Kelley, who you chose to win a machine(!!!), was teaching me who to sew before she lost hers in the storm. I’d absolutely love to have a sewing machine of my own so that I wouldn’t have to bother Me. Jenny while she rebuilds, and I’d teach myself simple crafts until she could teach more.
    PS. I absolutely love that you’re doing this for everyone!!

  153. Free sewing machine request: Hi, I am a 20 year old mama to now three little girls. The youngest of which is 5 days old and was born with congenital amputation of the lower left arm. I want to be a part of the sewing revolution so that I can modify and design clothing to give my new daughter the ability to participate in all the adventures life offers her. She should feel proud of who she is and be able to express that proudness through her clothing. I never want her to feel ashamed or have to hide her body in anyway. Growing up is rough by itself however if I can make this a little less difficult for her and make her confident in herself than that would make me a wonderful mother. We are from Westminster, South Carolina.

  154. Hi Scott, I would love to receive a machine on behalf of our 501(c)(3) non-profit, Network For Youth. We serve youth aging out of the foster care system, by helping them transition from dependence to independence. Part of that transition includes classes for basic home making skills such as cooking and sewing. We do not have a sewing machine yet. Thank you on behalf of Network For Youth for this opportunity to receive a machine.

  155. Hi Scott. I writing on behalf of my son. He is in his 19th year of service in the Air Force. When he retires next October he is thinking of starting a custom upholstery business.while the machines you are giving away aren’t industrial strength, having one would give him the opportunity to learn sewing…fabric, zippers, techniques, etc. Being a disabled vet myself, I am not able to get a machine for him and he is going throu a divorce, so money is tight on his end as well. Thank you for considering him, I know he would be very grateful.

  156. We are a small group of ladies, VFW Aux., who sew lap robes for veterans. We would like to receive a machine to help us with our donations. Thank you.

  157. I heard you help with sewing machines. I put my machine in front of a heater for the holiday dinner and it melted the frame. I’m on disability from an injury at work, plus husband on disability from cancer. I’m just sick that my sewing machine is ruined, it’s only a $500 machine but it’s my life. Someone from my quilting fb page said to ask you…so here I am asking! Thank You For The Consideration

  158. Love that you are giving away sewing machines. I personally have not been affected by the storms but, since I love to help children have been making quilts for children. My sewing machine broke down and then discovered it had been discontinued by Singer and the needed parts could not be replaced. Live in Texas on disability and have no way to buy a new machine(have been trying to save for a year). Luckily for me I have been working through material stashed before my disability decided to keep me from working. Still making quilts just a little slower by hand. Thank you for taking the time to read this and have a wonderful Merry Christmas.

  159. What a generous, thoughtful and wonderfully useful giveaway. My church, Harvest Baptist Church of Salisbury, MD is in the midst of a huge sewing project for young girls and new moms at Chifundo clinic in Zambia. We are making (hopefully) 300 to 500 hygiene kits with washable sanitary pads. The simple things we take for granted are not available to these poor girls who miss up to two months of school each year because of their monthly period. These kits will allow these young girls to get their education without missing days of school, empowering them and hopefully keeping them out of poverty, human trafficking and/or prostitution. The new Moms who give birth at the clinic will also get kits to help them after giving birth. We are in the discussion stages of trying to get machines and supplies to Zambia through Missions Heart (mission board) to teach women to sew, giving them a trade to help them earn a living.

  160. I hit send before actually completing my thoughts. I am teaching a young mom at our church how to sew so she can help with this project as well. The machine would be a great tool to have in teaching her as well as anyone else who wants to learn how to sew.

    1. Hi Heidi,
      As per the email that I sent to you, the machines are for people that don’t have machines whatoever. Although your cause is good, it seems like you do have machines. Keep up the good work. Merry Xmas.

  161. I am fortunate to have several machines. My thought would be for the quilters in California affected by the wild fires this year. Maybe the local Quilt Guilds in the areas could help identify those in need. Merry Christmas.

  162. I’m on disability now and started to craft and want to sew, mainly for my grandkids and to keep myself busy. I’m thankful for the opportunity and want to thank you for doing this for others!
    Judy in NE Texas

      1. Thank you for your consideration. And thank you for blessing all those that you have helped with your generous and kind heart. May the kindness and blessings be returned to you 10 fold.

  163. Dear Scott, I am new to sewing, and could use a nice used machine so that I can make quilts, for those who are less fortunate and cannot afford a quilt. I am blessed to have free fabric, but want to give back to all, even though I am on a very low fixed income. God Bless

  164. I would so appreciate a sewing machine for my niece who will be 26 tomorrow. She has social anxiety and and does not leave the home she shares with her parents. I would so love to teach her to sew, and maybe this could be an outlet for the pressures within her mind. I did teach her how to knit last Christmas, which she now loves. She lives in Florida and I live about 5 hours away from her.
    Mental issues (anxiety) are so sad for anyone to have. I love her and would like to help her in any way that I can.

  165. I am requesting this sewing machine for a teen girl named Sydney that lives in central Florida! She is amazing and so talented. She is daughter to one of my best friends and I am one of her leaders in youth group. Sydney has really been struggling this year with feelings like she doesn’t belong or fit in. This young lady has such an amazing heart and I would love to help feed her passion. For the last few years Sydney has been sewing furbies of her own design by hand. It takes her months and months to do this. I can only imagine how quickly she could get the job done with a machine. Her character Battle has even made local appearances at vacation bible school. I know if she were one of the recipients of your sewing machines, she would put it to good use and maybe, just maybe it would help her to feel edified and encouraged where she is! Please consider this sweet girl, that has a piece of my heart!❤️

  166. I’m just starting out on my sewing journey. I have 5 kids and rarely have time to myself. My husband and I send our children to private Christian school because the school district we are in is one of the top worst and dangerous in the US. Our funds are limited by paying tuition and having 7 people to feed. I would love to be able to sew and make my family clothes to save money and also to make doll clothes for my girls. I just can’t afford the start up money to purchase a new machine. I have been looking around for free ones online or used ones but have not found any in my price range yet.
    Thank you.

  167. Hi Scott!!

    I just saw this and figured I would give it a whirl! I teach a 10 year old girl by the name of Shayla. Her mother, grandmother and father are all deaf. This girl is hearing as well as her brother. Her mom and I communicate via text…thank heavens for cell phones. Her sewing machine is over 30 years old and is not currently working. I have tried to repair it but not sure what it needs. She has been using our Janome Magnolia machine during her lessons. She is doing wonderful! She comes every Wednesday after her homework is completed and we sew for an hour. I don’t charge her any lesson fees and normally give her the fabric. The family is a dream and I know this machine would be well used and would be a fabulous surprise.

    Well….that’s the tail……I hope we can make something happen for her!!

  168. Hello. My name is Tammy. I’ve been sewing since I was a young child. I picked up quilting when my children were teenagers – and found a love that fabric and quilting like none other. I was able to make their bedrooms look like something that was a dream. As they grew up, I
    learned I could bless others with a special gift – something that was truly some of a kind. There is nothing better than making others smile and feel loved – which is exactly what a quilt can do. On August 30th of 2017 – Hurricane Harvey destroyed all of the happiness I had for quilting. He took years of collecting special fabrics and my prized sewing machine as he filled our home with flood waters. My heart is truly saddened and I feel lost because of what that storm took from us. I lost what few quilts that I had kept for myself as the dirty water destroyed them. I would love to start sewing again – but without a machine it is difficult. I would love to be able to make my granddaughters – who also lost their homes, a quilt for their new bedrooms. My four year old granddaughter has only asked for a new quilt – she knows hers was ruined. Please consider me when machines are available if possible. I would be ever so grateful.

  169. I have been looking for another sewing machine. I say another because I have 2 teenage daughters who are both learning to quilt but I only have one sewing machine so we all are taking turns which in turn makes it very time consuming to get anything done.
    My oldest daughter is T1 diabetic, we go to children’s hospital in New Orleans, LA. There the doctors are wonderful and my daughter and I want to give back to them by making small quilts for the children hospitalized and just coming out of surgeries. Hence why we need a second sewing machine.

    I think what you are doing is wonderful. Have a blessed day.

    1. Good Morning Christina,
      As much as I would like to give you a machine, you are a lot more fortunate than others in that you have a machine already. I am sorry, but my mission is to give machines to people that have no access at all. Thank you for understanding.

  170. Hello. My sister, Linda Kaye Allen, lost her husband two months ago. She can’t afford a sewing machine but I would love for her to have one to help take her mind off of things. She and I both would be so grateful!

  171. I would be honored and grateful to be one of your recipients of one of your sewing machines to finish my quilting projects. I make quilts for family and friends as gifts. I have made a few that I have given away to people that I have met and don’t even know. It gives me great pleasure in making these quilts. Also it’s great therapy for me.

  172. Hi Scott,
    Hope this isn’t too late to enter but I just found out about this amazing opportunity. I would love to be considered for this generous give away! My husband is a Police Officer and I fairly recently found out about Quilts for Cops, I’m here in Oregon. I didn’t know how to sew but was so interested in learning and being involved in such a neat organization. These incredible women put their time, love, and skill into making beautiful quilts for injured police officers and then sending them out with letters for a quick recovery all over the US. They keep track of all the injured officers, get the quilts completed and then sent out. We’ve received an incredibly generous donation of Blue Line fabric from you and it is being used to bless many injured officers during their time of recovery! I am learning how to quilt with Quilts for Cops and have loved every second of it. I plan to continue learning and improving with sewing, but I don’t have a sewing machine at this time. I would love to continue making these quilts and it would be a huge help for Quilts with Cops. What a huge honor it would be to be considered for and possibly receive a sewing machine. It would be put to extremely good use! Thank you so much!

  173. Just an update on the need for a sewing machine. I recently had a few individuals donate a large quantity (approx. 40 pairs)of used jeans. Currently in the process of washing and cutting into pieces to make into childrens quilts. The problem is I cannot sew the jean material by hand. Would love to post pictures of the quilts that will be donated. Thank you for your generosity.

  174. I lost my job of 10 years about 6 months aago a mother of 4 and a wife i have been trying to do a lot of diys to make my home feel like a home again and trying to provide for my family i recently started getting into youtube videos about sewing and embroidery and trying to find ways to work from home so that i can be a stay at home mom with my children that i have never had a chance to do.every since ive been home my 5 year old has been making honor roll and i really want to pass on to my only daughter things like sewing and diys and couponing because they were never passed on to me but finding new hobbies is a great passion of mine and i learn really fast. I really really desire a sewing machine at this stage in my life please and thank you just for this chance to even be able to enter into such a program

  175. Dear Scott Fortunoff,
    I am a single mother on a fixed income trying her best to provide for my family. My daughter is special needs and I’m homeschooling her at the moment. Reading is very hard for her but she tries her best. About a month ago she discovered a YouTube video of a girl making Barbie doll clothes out of socks, she was so aww struct by that that she instantly wanted to learn more. So I saved up some funds and signed her up for sewing a class at a local store. The passion and excitement she has shows makes me wish I could do more for her. Because her reading skills are very low and she has special needs the only thing that helps her and calms her down is sewing. I bought her some needle and thread so she hand sews some thing but I would love to get her a sewing machine as a present to help motivate her and encourage her reading skills. It makes me feel sad cause I cant afford one for her this would really help me out . Thank you so much for reading my entry.

  176. Hello, Scott,

    I have been volunteering in a beginning sewing class sponsored by World Relief Seattle for newly arrived Afghan women. Their husbands all supported the US military in Afghanistan as interpreters and/or guides, but as our armed forces have withdrawn, the lives of these men and their families were in grave danger. Under a special visa program, these families are being resettled here in the USA. Due to cultural strictures and Taliban oppression, many of these young women have had little opportunity for education and are preliterate in their own language. This has made learning English and navigating basics like transportation and shopping a daunting experience. I have been inspired and energized by these women and their thirst for learning. Using electric sewing machines is a new experience for all of the women, but they have learned and thrived in so many ways. As this sewing cohort is nearing the end, I am saddened that the students will have little chance to continue sewing without access to machines. After reading the immigrant story in your grandfather’s memoir and reading the article you shared on Facebook about the refugee sewing program in Kansas City, I was hopeful that you might have an interest in donating sewing machines. We currently have nine students in the class (and plan to teach new cohorts again in April and September). Any number of machines that you might be able to donate would make a lasting impact in the lives of these families by empowering the women to contribute to their family income. I would welcome the chance to tell you even more. Thank you so much for your consideration!

  177. Hi Scott, First let me tell you how happy it makes me to see you helping others! Great job! My daughter was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I know a lot of jokes come with having this illness but believe me it’s torture! After nine hours of hand washing, shower, screaming and crying you would never joke about it again. This is everynight for months. Since I could not leave the house my son and husband bought me an embroidery machine which has saved my sanity during this crazy time in my life. I loved it and was way cheaper than therapy! I don’t have a sewing machine but see so much that can be done. I stare at the quilts in awe and someday want to jump into the fun! I would love to have a sewing machine and someday will get one just not at this time. Thank you for all you do! If at possible can you make this comment private?

  178. hi scott well here I am I am a veteran and just had knee surgery. ouch ouch ouch. the swelling. the pain. wow unimaginable. I am walking but just barely with a cane. can’t really do too much right now. I have to have the other knee done soon. I can sew but my machine is broken unable to be fixed. so I’m hand sewing my little lap quilts I donate to the veterans in the va hospital. here’s hoping you have a wonderful day. hugs

  179. Scott my request is for a wonderful woman who not only raised her children but then had to raise 2 grandchildren when her daughter passed away. In a few months the youngest grandchild will start college, but as life has it, her husband’s health has deteriorated. She has now become his caretaker. She dreams of affording a sewing machine and supplies to start quilting. With help from you, we can fulfill that dream, thanks.

  180. Hi Scott,
    Thank you so much for such a wonderful idea. I know everyone has such needs and are incredibly blessed by your generosity. The home my late husband and I bought the ear before he died flooded in May 2016 with no forewarning so we were unable to rescue much. We moved back into our home in November of that year and with a lot of help from friends and family, I was able to begin sewing again. It was with a sense of disbelief that I realized Harvey was going to once again flood the house. We thought we were getting things high enough to be safe before we evacuated, but the water kept rising another six feet over the predicted levels. We hope to move back in within the next few weeks and I will try to put a sewing room back together!

  181. Good morning Scott,

    I just heard about your give away. I am not looking for one for myself. I am looking for a machine for my 76 year old mother. Who has recently expressed a desire to learn to quilt. However she doesn’t have a machine. She is on a fixed income so she really doesn’t have a lot of extra money. She does a lot of charity work with her campground that she stay at in North Carolina. She always comes home from the south in the spring. They can’ t afford to pay someone to plow them out in the harsh winters we get here in the north. That is why they go south. Cheaper to live.

    Some of the work they do is pack 100’s of lunches for as the group calls them “kids in the woods”. These families are the forgotten families that you don’t here about on the news. Some live in tents, trailer with no doors or windows. Nothing to cook on but a campfire outside. The kids have nothing. There is a religious group that bags lunches, donates clothing, shoes, socks. At Christmas they try to make sure each of these children get a gift. She has now gotten her family to help with the donations. Easter they make up little pails of candy. Pails so the kids have something to get water with or play with depends the the family. I think my mom could do great things. She goes to quilt shows admires the fabrics and talents. I think if she had a machine she too could be a great quilter. You are never to old or young to learn a great gift.

  182. I have been so touched reading your Facebook and blog posts about this giveaway. My name is Linda Doerfler and I live in Keizer, Or, near Salem. A few months ago my adult son started dating a beautiful woman with lots of challenges. She suffers from a serious type 2 diabetes and lives alone in a city where her parents lived but have now moved away due to their age and need to be near health services. Peggy is a single mom who has put herself out on a limb financially to enable her son to attend college in The Netherlands. She misses him desperately, but delights in the experiences he is gaining. A few weeks ago Peggy went through a very emotional time when her only living brother, who was 21 years older than her, passed away. That leaves her with sole responsibility for her aged (89 and 94) year old parents and making sure her mother gets to dialysis three days a week. One week later, 3 days after the brother’s funeral, her father passed away. She has managed her grief and helping her Mom with all the legal issues of her father’s death while still grieving for her brother and giving the necessary attention to her full time job. I gifted Peggy with a comfort quilt as she always admires and comments on the quilts in my home. It would be so good to see the light come back into the eyes of this remarkable 48 year old woman. Her name is Peggy Kimbro and I am not telling her that I am writing this.

  183. Hi Scott
    I want to thank you my sister told me yesterday that she is one of your winners I could not tell you how much I appreciate this my sister has always invited anyone and everyone to what ever she has and to say that she doesn’t have very much but anyone is welcome to it I can’t tell you how many times she has bought me groceries gave me money and she really doesn’t has much since she’s on disability so I just wanted to thank you for your gift to a person who truly deserves it. You are a awesome person with a giving heart you are an example we all should follow

  184. I am writing for my sister in law, Elizabeth Morales, who could certainly benefit from your kindness. Elizabeth lives in Chaparral, NM and cares for her elderly mother. She does not work. Times are very tough for everyone in that area. She would really like a sewing machine to make quilts, sew clothing for herself and the needy in her area, and help her church with their sewing needs. This gesture would certainly be a “gift from God” for her to receive a new sewing machine. I truly hope you find in it your heart to help her out.

  185. Dear sir, my name is Sandra Jimenez I am a mother of 4 and a car pooler to 10 kids. I don’t have a regular job but a stay at home mom is a job on it’s own. I signed up to a sewing class on the one othet Sunday that i don’t take any of my kids to taekwondo, guitar, gymnastics, piano or any other activities that come up. My friend who you spoke to Karen Benavides is my teacher is letting me use her sewing machine during her class told me to write to you about a sewing machine. I would greatly appreciate it. I don’t know where to go or how to sign up for it. I had a really nice brother sewing machine i used it once but i saw someone that loved to sew but didn’t have a machine so i gave it to her but now i can’t afford one. Please let me know if i qualify. My number is

  186. Dear Scott, I have enjoyed your posts for quite some time now but never thought I would be asking for a sewing machine. Here’s what happened. A couple weeks ago I got a call from Lisa at ACCES-VR. ( She is a mentor for a young lady named Tanya Acevedo. She asked me if we could let Tanya use one of our sewing machines to finish a project she is doing at her BOCES Fashion school. I own a quilt shop near her home so she was asking us. I was thrilled to be of help to a new sewist so I said yes right a way. Tanya came here for three days straight to work on this project and frankly did a damn good job. (Pants with pockets and a zipper and a cocktail dress!). So the bottom line is that Tanya unfortunately does not have a machine of her own and honestly can’t afford one. I have given her permission to come to our shop any time to sew but that is not ideal. So I’m respectfully asking if you can help us out here. Tanya doesn’t know that I am asking but I’m hoping you will say yes!

    1. Hi Angela,
      Please send me her address and phone number and I will add her to my pile of requests. Hope you are well. Maybe I will see you in Portland. Have a nice weekend.

  187. I have an online friend who makes crazy quilts (like I do) and she and husband lost their entire house in the California fires. I sent her supplies for embellishing crazy quilts and would like to nominate her for a free machine! and your generosity is fantastic and over the top!! her name is Linda Paladino and she is on facebook – she is from Santa Rosa California. Thanks – Mary Beard in the great State of Texas!! Is this enough information for you to find her? if not let me know

  188. I would like to nominate my co-worker Cindy Simon for a free machine. During Harvey she and her husband got 4’ of water in their home. This was in an area that never flooded. They were rescued in the middle of the night with their daughter by boat. Two weeks later they received the news she had breast cancer. So while being displaced for 6 months she went through surgery, chemo, and now radiation the entire time with a smile on her face, thinking of others more than herself and continuing to work. They just got back in their home last week. She has been a crafter for the 30 years I have known her. She lost her sewing machine and entire craft room in the flood. I helped her save some things but the machine was destroyed. They can’t afford a new one with all the rebuilding and medical expenses. We work at NASA and it is like a family. We all would like to give back to Cindy. Some of us are making her a quilt now! Please consider her. Thank you for all you do.

  189. Hello,
    I am a principal of a title one elementary school in Baltimore County, MD. We recently started a group of teachers that meet each week to learn to sew. One of our amazing teachers is a pro! This amazing teacher also leads the charitable Services Club. this group of 4th and 5th graders do kind deeds for those in need. We are hoping to have multiple sewing machines to use at our sewing club, but then ultimately have our group of Charitable Service Students learn to sew (a fading trade) and make blankets, pillow cases and maybe more for people in need. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.

  190. I got laid off from my job almost 2 months ago, and I have a 3 year old daughter. Finding a replaceable job that still allows me the time to raise and nurture my daughter is rough (I live in NYC & everything is now in the retail or home care fields & the scheduling doesn’t work with the little support I get raising my little one)

    And I just had this realization that what I was doing wasn’t making me happy anyway. I needed to be doing more. I needed to find purpose, put my creativity to use, and then I said to myself, SEW Samantha.

    I want to create custom pieces of clothing for families. It seems like now the whole “twining” trend is very big & I thought I’d capitalize off of that.

    I thought to myself I can make clothes for myself & my daughter, being that money is tight and she’s growing and doesn’t fit into anything for more than a week.

    But I can’t start because I have no sewing machine and they cost a lot (to an unemployed woman)

    Anyways, I would love to be considered to receive a free sewing machine. I’m giving this a chance for my dreams, my future, my daughter & my entrepreneurial fire that’s burning inside.
    Bronx, NY
    Samantha Cantres

  191. Hi Scott!
    My parents were in the bullseye for the heavy rain of Harvey in Baytown, Texas. They received the staggering 52 inches of rain that was reported. Their house was flooded with 4 ft and 5 inches of water. Their neighborhood had never flooded like that in the 40 years the neighborhood has existed so most had to be rescued by boat including my parents. It was a heartbreaking experience to say the least. The outpouring of kindness has overshadowed the grief though. They are still out of their house, my dad ever the optimist has been saying “Only 4-6 weeks and we will be back in our house.” for quite a few months now. All that to say they lost most everything that could not be properly washed. My mom lost her Pfaff. If you have machines left I know it would lift her spirits to receive one. Thank you for your generosity.

  192. Hi, Scott. I am just seeing your very kind offer to help flood victims by giving new machines. While I realize we are nearing the one year mark, and your offer is most likely over, I just want to tell you I appreciate what you are doing. We lost almost everything in the flood and are still not back on our home (as is the case for so many). My daughter was learning to sew pre-storm, and I had taken the craft back up myself. Your thoughtfulness to offer New machines is truly amazing. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. Hopefully you have many people enjoying new machines and a reason to smile!

  193. I have a friend who took one of my beginner quilting classes with a cheap-o sewing machine a few years ago that didn’t hold up very well. It was therapy time for her. Life got overwhelming and she had to quit. I would so like to do something to encourage her. She has lost 2 of her 4 adult kids within 18 month of each other. One by a life of drug use and one was murdered. She is old enough to retire, but is continuing to work to pay for both of their funerals and other expenses. She really needs some of this “therapy” time again. I’m hoping that we can partner to bring her some fabric therapy once again! Thank you for your consideration.

  194. I am asking for my dear friend, Kathi. She and her husband have retired at 74, after putting all their money into a small local newspaper for years. Her current machine never works right and hasn’t for years, but she has no money to replace it. I can’t think of anything more wonderful than to be able to hand her a new machine. She just went through two knee replacements and is (almost) rarin’ to go again. This gift would really raise her spirits. Something wonderful for a lovely lady. Thanks.

  195. Hello Scott,
    Hope you and your family are having a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. I would like to submit a request for a sewing machine for my sister. She was recently diagnosed with cancer and is scheduled for surgery next week. After surgery she starts chemo and radiation. For years she designed and made beautiful original clothing for herself and items for around her home. She lost her sewing machine a few years ago in a fire and hasn’t replaced it as she is disabled. Sewing again would help keep her spirits up and give her a positive endeavor in the long weeks she has ahead. I can’t think of anything that gave her more joy than sewing over the years. I hope you’ll consider her for your wonderful, thoughtful program. She lives in Paducah,Ky. Thank you sew much for your kind consideration. Hopefully soon there will be “Soup for my sister.” God bless. Shalom.

  196. Good morning,

    I would like to add myself to the list for consideration. I am a young adult from allentown, pa. that works 3 jobs just bought my house and recently learned to sew on a friends grandmothers machine. With buying my house not many luxuries are permitted. I work with animal shelters and would love to be able to make things for them like crate quilts. My shelter is always looking for things like that.

  197. Hey scott! Thank you so much for doing this! It is an amazing thing that you are doing!! I am writing to request for my aunt.. She lived in florida and lost many things.. She has since moved to my state and moved in with my mother.. Shes currently struggling with some major health and mental issues.. The only thing that seems to help her a bit is sewing.. She can’t afford to buy and fabric or a machine.. And I can’t afford to buy her one either… I did give her a bunch of my scraps and some fabric for her to work with and she does a bit of hand sewing.. I honestly believe that having a machine and being able to craft in a more efficient way would help her a lot.. A few years back I was having major mental health issues too.. And crafting was my outlet.. I’m now able to deal with my issues better bc of it.. But she doesnt have an efficient outlet… Shes been working on the same project for about 6 months and hasn’t gotten anywhere… Please consider her.. Thank you

  198. Hi Scott, wow I was so surprised to read about you giveing free sewing machines away. I so dearly need one. I really enjoy sewing, I just turned 60, have had 3 knee replacements already, dealing with these on going health reasons I am disabled. Sewing helps make my days happier ones. I make children quilts from what every fabric I can find free or at a low price. I really enjoy the young laughs and smilies on their faces. I also make hammock beds for a friend that owns Mini Ark Farms, she takes in exotic anmails, plus gos around to do prgrams to educate others on the animals, care, why they should not always be a good choice for a pet. It is very costly to run and care for all the animal so many help her as must as we can. The Bearcats, Koalabis, monkeys, oh my the list can go on, lol. The animals love curling inside the hammocks. The hammcoks are very costly for Sally and dont last long. Making them myself is not a cost to her and she can use her money else where to help the animanls. The trouble is makeing them strong enough that they last awhile. I found weaving old seat belt straps between two fabrics and attaching two more with slit in middle for top on each end give opening to get into, along with seatbelt straps with heavey duty rings attach to their cages are holding up pretty good. I use nuts/bolts with washes to attach straps through the five layers of fabric. Yes I made the mistake of using my better sewing machine when I started makng the hammocks for her. I broke it was told better buy a new one, only my penny bank dose’nt grow that fast. I have been able to find a couple sewing machines at Goodwell, only they are not in good shape, but help do the job! I truely miss being able to do fanny stitches on my children quilts etc. if I was chosen to recieve one of your free sewing machine it wil be loved more then my heart can express. Thank you for this opportunity and your kindness to give to others.

  199. Hi, Scott! I just saw this on a FB post. I am not in AL or TX, but i would love to win a new machine. I am a stage 3 Melanoma survivor. My goal for this year is to quilt at least a table runner or table topper for at least the 4 seasons for a raffle basket for our Relay For Life. With any luck, I will be able to include sets of placemats as well. At the moment, I am nearly 4 yrs No Evidence of Disease, but I am no longer able to work, so I am on SS disability. My husband lost his job the beginning of the year, so is on unemployment. We are doing ok but no money for extra stuff, and my machine is at least 8 yrs old. Thanks so much for doing this! God bless!

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