SCOTT’S FREE SEWING MACHINES (SFSM):
Call me gullible. Call me a sucker. I always seem to give people the benefit of the doubt because it is just in my nature. When my wife and I review all the SFSM requests, she laughs at me because I say “yes” to just about every single one. Let’s call a spade a spade that someone could be a good liar and get a free machine from me if they really wanted one. You know what, if they want it so bad, they could have it. Such is life, but I just don’t think that the people I am dealing with are the types that would do anything like that.
As I give away the free sewing machines, I think everyone is still in a little bit of disbelief. It’s funny when I speak to candidates on the phone to discuss their request and I say to them, “You will get this awesome and free EverSewn machine”, there is always a dead silence. Then they say, “Seriously?” I say, “Yes! Seriously!” Then I say, “Keep your eye out for the Fedex delivery person. Talk to you later.”
You will be happy to know that I finally tracked down Linda Yarrow (thanks to a little help from a friend), one of my first SFSM winners. Recall that she is the one who is helping young girls, at The Freedom House in Conroe, Texas, who were rescued from the slave trade. Rather than sending a new Eversewn machine, I decided that they should get multiple machines since there are like 20-30 girls/women involved.
Anyway, if you remember, my good friend, Joanne Hubbard, bought a bunch of machines from a local school and fixed them up. She did some creative bargaining and bartering and the results were great. In all, she ended up with 7 fully functioning machines. These will ALL go to The Freedom House (see the photo she sent me of one box with machines and some fabric). Joanne and I couldn’t be happier about trying to help these poor ladies. Perhaps this will give them hope….just a little or maybe a lot. But what if this changes their lives? We will just have to wait and see…..and pray……and hope of course.
In addition to the machines, I have sent them a large, nearly 200 yard, roll of fabric. I know this will go to good use and when they are done with it, I will send more. On top of all that, I am going to make a donation of $1000 to The Freedom House. This is not the end for me people of The Freedom House. I am going to continue to be in touch with Linda and the people at this great organization because I am now compassionate about this cause. It’s like selecting winners for SFSM, I know it when I read it. Linda’s request hit a chord and piqued my concern in a big way. I am going to help them indefinitely. Sometimes you just get that feeling and right now, I have that feeling. You ladies can count on me for years to come! Check out their website or their Facebook page and try not to cry.
As much as my audience probably wants to hear me say something about quilt market, I am going to withhold judgment until after and go with my new optimistic and HOPEFUL me. Did you hear that collective sigh of relief? I am hopeful that this Quilt Market is a true success for everyone. Amen to that!
Speaking of market, please don’t be shy about setting up an appointment with me. I always get the, “You are too busy nonsense or you are the President.” I am there to work, so please email me to arrange an appointment as I am not above meeting with anybody…firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-294-9495 x 218. I welcome the opportunity to work with existing customers and meet new customers as well. Booth #2319.
A lot of people are intrigued by my SFSM project so I decided that I would block off 2 hours during the quilt market if people want to visit with me at Booth #2319 on Sunday from 10-12 (STUDIOE FABRICS) to discuss SFSM. I will have one of the Eversewn machines at the booth if you want to check it out. In addition, since a lot of people want to contribute in their own way, we can discuss other possibilities. One suggestion on how you could help is by sharing fabric and sewing tools with some of the winners who really don’t have much if anything. I am also open to any ideas that you may want to share. I hope you can stop by to chat. Thank you.
Just as I was wrapping up this blog post, I got an surprising email from my new friend Philipp Ueltschi of EverSewn. He advised me that he would be donating 10 EverSewn Starter Kits to the next 10 SFSM winners. How amazing and generous is that? I can’t get over how so many people want to contribute to this great cause. Anyway, if any of my readers are attending market, I urge you to go visit EverSewn at booth 734 & 735 to see all the great products they offer or just to go say hi to Philipp and thank him and his team for being an integral part of SFSM. I think that would be very nice and I know that I plan to buy Philipp a drink….or 2 at market.
Have a great week. 12 days until schoolhouses and 13 days until the Quilt Market floor opens to visitors.
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