Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive: I Can’t Believe The Stories I Am Hearing

In spite of not wanting to be the President of Giving Away Free Sewing Machines, I think that kind of happened naturally. I am proudly overwhelmed with everything that has transpired since I offered out free sewing machines.  The last couple of days I have been glued to my phone and computer in awe of the sad stories I am hearing.  I have been carefully reading what so many of you are saying and I have also tried to reply as much as possible….and yes, it is actually me who is replying…not anyone else.  There are so many compelling stories and I am going to do my best to giveaway a lot of machines to those that need it most.  The truth is that giving the machines away is like a drug for me.  It is euphoric to be able to help people who are down on their luck.  Not only that, but just imagine all the beautiful things that will be created by those who receive free sewing machines.

The problem, which really isn’t a problem, is that your requests are a little bit allover the place now i.e. they aren’t only on the blog as was supposed to have been the plan.  It has spread to our company Facebook pages.  This is all fine and well, but if you are planning on sending in a plea that you want to be considered by me, I would greatly appreciate it if it came through in the comment section on the Studioe Fabrics’ blog where I introduced the giveaway originally.  This is the easiest way for me to manage the madness so to speak and not lose my regular day job.  Here is the link to that original blog in case you were wondering where to find it.  Go to the way bottom of the blog, even past all the comments, and hit post comment and then you can post your comment.

I am absolutely floored by so many of the stories that I am hearing.  These are stories that you can’t even make up and situations are going on in America that I never even realized existed.  The world can be cruel sometimes unfortunately, but it can also be kind.  In this case, I am trying to be the one bringing the kindness especially to those who are enduring undeserved cruelty and suffering, whatever it might be.  I am saddened by these stories, but they are absolutely eye opening for me and I will be glad to know that I did a small part in helping just a little bit to brighten the world.  If I can get someone to smile for a second or feel good about themselves, even for just a minute, I will have contributed to making someone’s life just a little better and that is definitely a good thing.  Everyone does deserve some happiness in life!

Please keep the requests coming and make sure to share the message with anyone who might be eligible.  Try to only send in a request if you do not have a machine at all as those are the people that I am really trying to focus on at this time.  However, sometimes the emotions overrule everything else and someone does deserve an additional machine.  I plan to carefully review many of the requests that I have received and I hope to send out a couple more machines by the end of this week.  Before I wrap things up though, I wanted to give a quick shout out to the first winner and also wanted to name a second winner.

The first winner was Mary Burnette who does God’s work at The Polk County Texas Quilts For Comfort where she teaches sewing to some woman that are down on their luck.  She was definitely worthy of the first machine.  She was also fortunate to have been the first one to send in a request and had good timing because I was anxious to show everyone that I really was going to send out machines and that I was not messing around.  Congrats to Mary and the people of Polk County, Texas.  We can’t wait to see the picture of your face when you receive your new sewing machine and can’t wait to see all that you create.  Please post on Facebook for everyone to see and like.  Keep up the good work!

As I mentioned above, sometimes the emotions overrule everything else and right now I am going to name another winner (but I will have to confirm all the info is legit this week) because when I read her plea, I wanted to breakdown and cry because you know I can be an emotional guy.  This request came from Linda Yarrow of Conroe, Texas.  She made a request for Freedom House which is (HEAR THIS PEOPLE!) the first place young women are placed after being rescued from the SLAVE TRADE.  OMG!  Did she say SLAVE TRADE? I can’t even imagine, but I feel sick to my stomach nonetheless.  In spite of the Freedom House having machines already, I would have to imagine that everyone would agree that this place is deserved of another machine and probably so much more.  Linda, you will be hearing from me this week (email me your phone number to scott@jaftex.com) and I plan to make you my friend and do so much more for your great organization besides the machines.  These poor souls deserve everyone’s help.

So friends, in closing, I want to tell you all that no matter what happens here with the sewing machines i.e. whether you win or not, you should know people are being helped and you should never give up your efforts to help others in need.  In the end, some good things will have come out of tragedy and that is the best we can do.  Hoping that everyone facing tragedy and adversity is starting to get their lives back in order.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.  So we say together “AMEN.”  Have a great week and be safe.

With Love,

Sewing Machine Scott

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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.

9 thoughts on “Tales Of A Fourth Generation Textile Executive: I Can’t Believe The Stories I Am Hearing”

  1. Scott,
    I knew from the moment I met you (at Fall Quilt Market 2013) that you are a truly nice person. I approached youand Studie e to request some fabric (Peppered Cottons) for my Spring Market 2014 Take &Teach when my book was being released. Without hesitation, you said “yes”, and the fabric arrived shortly thereafter.

    The work you are doing with the sewing machine giveaway is AMAZING and WONDERFUL and so very LOVING!!! My heart is warmed, and I am so inspired!

    I am delighted that I will have the opportunity to see you in early October at The Creative Place (my retreat venue) for the “Meet Scott” event planned by Leslie Birmingham and The Quilted Sunflower. I look forward to hearing you speak, chatting with you, and (if you’re willing) giving you a big hug of gratitude!

    1. Morning Kelly,
      Thanks for your kind words. I am trying. I too look forward to seeing you next month and I will be sure to bring some hugs for you, but let me run it by my wife first (lol). Have a great week.

  2. Scott,
    What a wonderful thing you are doing! I agree, if FREEDOM HOUSE is truly as they say they are, God bless them all. They deserve so much help. How awful for those poor girls and women. I can’t imagine such horror, yet I know those things happen. Bless all those who have been so terribly abused and all those who reach out to help them. And Bless YOU, Scott, for this great thing you are doing to help those in need.
    I have prayed for you and will continue to do so. May you reach those who are truly in need of these
    machines. I feel so very blessed to be sitting in my sewing room where I have two machines. I love to make quilts! I am so glad I clicked on your video this morning. I am humbled by your generosity. Thank you.

    1. Wow Linda, you almost got me crying. I am glad you read the blog too. Thanks so much for your kind note and thanks for praying for my well-being. You have a blessed week and perhaps you can figure out a small way to help out others who are down on their luck.
      Take care.

  3. It does feel good to help. I am very fortunate that my family received no damage from Harvey. Had to share that everyone has been helping one another here in the Houston area. I heard someone say get out of your comfort zone and go help a stranger and I really do think that has become our mantra. As I was taking paper towels, toilet paper and cleaning supplies to a neighborhood I wouldn’t normally visit I received so many hugs and thank you’s. I went back a few days later to check on one person and an elderly lady flagged me down because I was taking water to a house and asked if I knew anyone that could help her tear Sheetrock out of her house. I took her name an number and a crew was able to go out and start the work. What are the odds that it would all fall into place and this is repeating over and over.

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