Scott’s Free Sewing Machines Update

It’s so hard for me to say ‘no’ to people when I speak to them on the phone about Scott’s Free Sewing Machines (SFSM).  People are so honest.   People are hurting.  People are proud.  People are doing the best they can under the circumstances.  Maybe these sewing machines will make them a little happy.  But, what if it makes them really happy?    Kind of like medication.    What if it changes their life for the better?  What if?  As my dad likes to say, “I don’t do what ifs?”

Anyway, I like to hope.   It’s sad to see and hear what’s going on in many of these peoples’ lives.   I know it’s all relative, but I would be hurting badly if I were in a lot of the SFSM recipients’ shoes. In any event, I am happy to announce more well-deserved winners this week, here goes:

Kaitlin Rhodenbaugh– Given at the request of Nancy Tiede who was teaching Kaitlin to sew, so she could have her own machine.

Alesia Steinberger – Hurricane survivor who sews for charity.

Sharon Lattis – Grandparent who is raising grandchildren, retired without a machine.

Michele Mcdonald-Lost everything in Texas storms.

Rachael Worley-For one of her (8) adopted kids who wants to learn to sew. 

Lindsey Jarvis– A mom that I met in Kansas with a very sad life story.

Tiffanie Kimball Dougal-A mom with 5 daughters she home-schools and who survived storms in Texas.

Shelley Christopher-Homeless woman who just got into housing with her disabled husband. 

Renee Bednarczyk-Had borrowed a machine and it was ruined in Texas.

Susan Shaw-Very ill woman without a sewing machine. 

Hogan Family – Sent machines for the other two sisters in the family who lost their sister. 

To keep you updated on SFSM, here are some points and pointers:

I am still looking for a woman named Linda Yarrow, who sent me a very compelling comment on the blog.

I am not in the sewing machine business and unfortunately can’t fix machines for you.  Ask you local handyman to try and fix it for free or figure out another creative way to get it fixed, but don’t give up on it because your sewing machine is an integral part of your life.

Please post your sewing machine requests only in the comments section of any blog on the Studioe Fabrics website for Tales of a Fourth Generation Textile Executive.  Please try to avoid emailing me at my work email.

Please be patient with me as I work through all the requests.  There is a lot of ground to cover and I still have a day job and once again the job is not President of Giving Away Free Sewing Machines.  That one never gets old for me.  LOL.

Please continue to share my giveaway with anyone who may be worthy.  The giveaway is going to go on indefinitely or until I stop getting requests.  Thank you for your support and kind messages.


23 thoughts on “Scott’s Free Sewing Machines Update”

  1. Thank you once again, I cant seem to stop thanking you!! Is there anything I can do to help you out with FSMS??? Maybe handle incoming lists, etc? Please let me know.

  2. Good job Scott. How fortunate for you to be able to do this. PSA for everyone else, do not ask Scott for sewing lessons. Just saying.

  3. Thank you thank you!!!! I think my grandchildren are more excited than I ever expected. When I told them I won they reacted with so much joy …. like it was every holiday at once. My granddaughter said will you make me a pink blankie? My grandson wants a Minecraft quilt.
    I appreciate this gesture of kindness so much! I can’t tell you how much it means. Thank you so much. I will definitely send pictures.

  4. Sold my mom’s old Bernina about a month ago. Monday her house burned down in Napa. She lost all her sewing machines, her new longarm, all her quilts and fabric. She got out with her cat and dog. That’s it. What a shock. Jer name is Pat Surrell. She lives in San Jose CA. I messaged her, in hopes she contacts you. She is in the facebook group quiltvilles open studio.

  5. As Mr Rogers’ mom said, “look for the people doing good”. We who read your blog do not have to look very far. Keep on doing good.

  6. Hi Scott,
    I think what you are doing for others is wonderful and you have such a giving spirit. I too have had a setback, and am unable to afford a sewing machine. I am a two-time cancer survivor; the latest this year. Recently, upon my Aunt’s passing away, I was given all her fabric. My plan was to start making gifts for family and friends instead of buying them. I was in the process of shopping for a sewing machine, I was diagnosed with lung cancer. My medical bills have prevented me from continuing my dream of handmade gifts. My first cancer ended my career as an RN, sadly. I commend you for your kindness to those in need. You are such a blessing! Patti

      1. Thank you, Scott. I continue to read your blog and am overwhelmed with gratitude to you for the work you are doing to help others. So many people are suffering now. You are truly amazing.


  7. Your kindness and thoughtfulness is so needed right now in this time. So many people forget what true heartfelt kindness is. I have seen so much tragedy and experiences so much loss the last few years that I sometimes wonder how I keep going. I got back into Quilting with just a small basic cheap machine. I did a handprint quilt for my in-laws. It was ofntheir kids and all the grandchildren. What makes it most special is that all the handprints were collected from Florida, Ohio, South Carolina, and even our son that was deployed on his 2 round in 2 years. We then hand delivered it (13 hour drive) as a surprise for Christmas. Tears flowed. Smiles were beaming. And laughter was heard. I have made 5 quilts since then for my kids and sister. Now working on my grandsons quilt since he is living with us. He wants to learn to sew but I only have the small machine. I would so love (and appreciate) another machine.

    1. Hi Tammy,
      This is a sweet story. The problem is that I am only giving to people that have no access to a machine at all as opposed to people that already have a machine. Therefore, I am unfortunately unable to help you at this time.

  8. Hi I’m a struggling mother of 4. My ten year old daughter Kailey wishes to have a sewing machine for Christmas. Sadly that’s not in this year’s Christmas budget. She is an A and B student who I feel would be deserving of a machine. She is wonderful when I comes to helping me with her baby sister who has health problems. She’s my second set of arms with a lot.

  9. I am disabled and on very small ss. I lost my machine to a tree from hurricane Irma. Seeing was what keep me going. It would mean the world to me to get a machine so I could make quilts again

  10. Hi I lost my mom in a house fire December 2, 2016, she gave me a sewing machine last year that is about 40 years old I think, it’s on its last leg, she had another sewing machine at her house for me that was broken and was trying to find someone to fix it, we both sew for people that have babies and for the nursing home that her momthee is in that has altzimers and dimenthia she does not know that her daughter is gone,

    1. Hi Tanya,
      Thanks for submitting this request. The problem is that I am trying to focus on people without machines at all. Based on what you are saying, you do have a machine in spite of it not being in the best shape. Therefore, at this time, I can’t help you. Perhaps I can reconsider at a later time. Sorry.

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