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Sewing Masks for Area Hospitals is an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization providing personal protective equipment for healthcare professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Feedback from the Front Lines

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

On behalf of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, we are extremely grateful to Sewing Masks for Area Hospitals for their support during this unprecedented time. We recognize that these masks are the result of countless hours of hard work, and our employees working on the front lines are beyond appreciative of this community’s dedication, time and effort. As we continue to work to conserve our supplies, this influx of cloth masks has made a huge difference for our staff and operations.

Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta

We were so surprised by the number of masks supplied to us by Sewing Masks for Area Hospitals. You responded quickly to the request for masks for the staff at our facility. The nurses, techs, respiratory therapists, dietary staff and everyone that received one were very happy with them and were beyond grateful for the donation. In the midst of all the craziness right now, your masks brought smiles and happiness into what are sometimes very trying days. Thank you very much!

Marietta City Schools

Marietta City Schools began distributing breakfast and lunch to its students as soon as schools closed on March 16 — relying on a network of hundreds of nutrition staff, bus drivers and volunteers each week. When the guidelines were issued that all of these folks would need masks, and with none available from our typical suppliers, I knew just where to turn. After seeing SMAH on Facebook, and being so impressed with how quickly this grassroots organization mobilized, I reached out. Within days I had hundreds of masks for our front-line workers. Thanks to the help of SMAH, Marietta City Schools has provided more than 150,000 meals to date.

Emory Decatur Hospital

I cannot express how much the handmade masks we received from all of the volunteers have meant to our healthcare workers. We have been overwhelmed by the support, well wishes and donations of masks by your group and the other community and hospital volunteers!!! So many of the staff have stopped me to say thank you to our volunteers for providing such well-made and lovely masks for everyone.

Each employee is being provided with three masks so that they can alternate throughout the day. With the limited PPE supplies, having this option of the homemade masks has especially been a measure of comfort to the staff in the other areas of the hospital where there is less contact with the COVID+ patients but still the risk of outside contamination. Thank you all SEW MUCH for providing such a large donation of masks!

VA Hospital Atlanta

We wish to extend our thanks to you and your team of sewists on behalf of the Atlanta VA Health Care System (AVAHCS) patients and staff for your recent donation of 300 masks for our patients. Without your generosity, our doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and patients would certainly face a greater risk of illness and death.

It is through the efforts of our dedicated supporters like you and your team that allow us to continue the quality care and service that we seek to provide our deserving Veterans. We are very grateful for your generosity and support of our Nation’s Veterans. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Alliance Recovery Center

Our clients have been so appreciative that we care about them and their safety enough to distribute SMAH’s donated masks. Many of our clients would otherwise be unable to have any form of protection during this pandemic. Thank you to all the kind people out there donating their time and energy for the betterment of others.

 

InCommunity Georgia

InCommunity is the largest provider of disability services and related family support in Georgia. And yet, attaining PPE for our healthcare staff and individuals we serve seemed to be an almost impossible feat during COVID times. We are so thankful to SMAH for all the masks you have donated! There is no doubt that your contributions have literally saved many lives in our workspace and vulnerable communities.

 

Briarcliff Oaks

Briarcliff Oaks, a low-income senior living facility, is so grateful for the masks we received from SMAH-Atlanta and for the wonderful volunteers who spent the time to make and deliver our masks to the building. Everyone involved throughout the process was very accommodating and gracious to work with. These masks will be distributed to the 135 residents of Briarcliff Oaks to help keep them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Wellstar Kennestone Hospital

Our sincerest appreciation to SMAH for donating N95 surgical mask covers to our team members at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. The generosity shown in the gift you made is what makes our community great, and the uniting support will be what helps us all get through this current pandemic together. COVID-19 has tested our health system and communities in ways we have never before experienced, yet you are rising to the challenge. Your donation and valued support keep us going in this fight – equipped and ready to help each and every patient in need. We thank you for your generosity during this time.

 

Focus Georgia

Thank you for the generous donation of masks. With your donation of 250 masks, we have been table to serve 78 medically fragile families — many who continue to shelter in place but must also attend important appointments in the general public. We greatly appreciate your generosity.

 

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4 days ago

Hello fellow sewists! My old machine is very tired and I think is done for number of repairs. The number of little things it needs keeps adding up.

If you were getting a *refurbished* machine, what would you get? I grew up with all Singer machines, from the manual foot-pedal one, to the built-in table style, ones with knee pedals, an all-metal housing (a true workhorse that’s still going @ ~40yrs), to this one which is now around 15-17 years old. I’m not married to getting a Singer though, so please send me suggestions.

Looking to stay around $1k or under though which is why I’m looking refurbished! Also don’t know if I want something with a computer, but if you love one with that feature please tell me why.
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Hello fellow sewists! My old machine is very tired and I think is done for number of repairs. The number of little things it needs keeps adding up. 

If you were getting a *refurbished* machine, what would you get? I grew up with all Singer machines, from the manual foot-pedal one, to the built-in table style, ones with knee pedals, an all-metal housing (a true workhorse that’s still going @ ~40yrs), to this one which is now around 15-17 years old. I’m not married to getting a Singer though, so please send me suggestions. 

Looking to stay around $1k or under though which is why I’m looking refurbished! Also don’t know if I want something with a computer, but if you love one with that feature please tell me why.

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Janome!!!

Janome S5. Love it.

I love my Janome HD-3000. Drives like a car!!

I just got a Janome Skyline and it awesome!! Ashby Sewing in Kennesaw

Older with metal guts not plastic

I recently purchased a new Janome that I really like. Reasonable price too.

I got one by Brother and I love it - very inexpensive and really convenient to use

I love my 1970s Bernina 830. You should go test drive. Everyone can recommend what they like but it’s like shoes. They have to fit. I like Juki and Bernina. I also love pre-1960 Singers. You won’t find a machine on the market today that will last more than 10 years. They’ve gone the way of all household appliances, not worth fixing.

I just got a Pfaff 7530. I had one for 10 years and loved it. I traded it in for a Phaff 4.0, worst mistake. Dumped that after 3 years. I have BL Cresendo for my main machine, but found a 7530 for my travel/class machine. Love how it sews.

I have a Bernina 230 that I love, but I kept my singer as a backup. I sew purses when I'm on on a roll and the Singer goes through thicker material. For affordable sewing machine repairs I recommend "keep on stitching" 404 297-4930.

Singer Heavy Duty 4423. Does great on multiple layers for masks. Simple machinery, solid, powerful and predictable. I’ve used singer traditions and patchwork machines but I like the heavy duty “tank” the best.

Look at Janome sewing machines I have one and two of my daughters have them. Look at A-1 Sewing Machine Co at Northlake Tower Festival. Good luck.

Love my Janome!

Janome

I have a 25 year old Bernina that still works perfectly!

Brother BQ1350 might be one to consider. A very quiet, excellent stitch machine.

When my old Singer died I was advised by A-1 Sewing machine Repair that I should be sure to buy one with metal inner workings and that Singer now uses plastic parts. I bought a Jenome.

Baby lock is metal inside !!! Phaff and Janome, Bernina, also have metal inner workings!!!

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2 days ago

Hi! Does anyone know of where I could recycle a used sewing machine or places that might be interested in taking it for parts? I have a basic brother machine that has stopped working and got a replacement. It's the tension that's screwed up, so theoretically it could be fixed - but it was a $100 machine and I upgraded to something much nicer. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less

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I don't know about parts but CHaRM Atlanta for recycling!

I had a broken machine, I left it with the tech at the Atlanta sewing center, the tech said he would reuse anything he could from it.

4 days ago

Today I shipped a bundle of masks off to my sister, brother in law, and my mom. Some were made from fabric that my grandmother owned years before she passed away in 2007, so I was happy to send those to my mom.

My BIL had requested 💩-themed masks and I delivered on that! Two different 💩-print fabric fat quarters custom ordered from Spoonflower arrived just in time this week 😂😂😂
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Today I shipped a bundle of masks off to my sister, brother in law, and my mom. Some were made from fabric that my grandmother owned years before she passed away in 2007, so I was happy to send those to my mom. 

My BIL had requested 💩-themed masks and I delivered on that! Two different 💩-print fabric fat quarters custom ordered from Spoonflower arrived just in time this week 😂😂😂Image attachment
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Hello, fabulous sewists! We have a project we need your help with!

A few public schools in Atlanta are preparing for when children are able to be physically present in their classrooms. SMAH has been asked to help provide 500 reusable cotton masks for distribution to the students.

We are seeking 10 sewists who can each make 50 youth-sized masks and deliver them no later than Saturday, August 15th.

For more details on this project please visit the Facebook group at https://tinyurl.com/SMAH-FB-Group
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‪A fantastic time lapse video of a SMAH volunteer making a mask from start to finish! ‬ ...

The University of Georgia Athletics Association joined forces with Georgia Power to create Power Profiles, where each week a UGA coach talks about an organization responding to the pandemic. About a month ago, SMAH was the featured organization. Here’s the link to the video showcasing our amazing group:
https://vimeo.com/421402542/c729fc6b61
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We are so excited to announce the launch of our new website! Check it out in the link in our bio! ...

59,303 masks to 152 Atlanta area facilities as of June 12th! ...

As of June 16th, 2020, Sewing Masks for Area Hospitals is on temporary hiatus. We have put together an FAQ to answer the most common questions related to this change. You can find the rest of the FAQs in the “Announcements” section of our group Facebook page.

Why is SMAH going on hiatus?

We have seen a significant decrease in requests from healthcare facilities over the past several weeks. As of June 12th, thanks to the hard work and passion of our volunteers, we have fulfilled all open mask requests!

Additionally, since acquiring 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, SMAH’s admin team has been working diligently behind the scenes to ensure that we are prepared to serve the areas of greatest need within our community. This includes formalizing our organization’s leadership structure as required by the IRS for nonprofit status and solidifying plans to resume our organization’s normal operations if and when there is a second COVID-19 wave. We are also expanding our mission to serve other (non-healthcare) essential workers and vulnerable members of our society.

We remain committed to serving our community by providing assistance where it is needed most, and we are excited about the opportunities to help non-healthcare essential workers, schools, and protestors participating in the Movement for Black Lives following the death of George Floyd.
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Guess what!? We have extended the date to purchase our SMAH merchandise! 👚❤️⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Order your limited-edition SMAH t-shirts THROUGH TONIGHT, JUNE 1ST at 11:59 P.M. Orders will ship from our partner, Bonfire, in June and are expected to arrive between June 11-22. ⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We are so excited to see everyone representing SMAH!
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Only 1 day left to purchase our awesome SMAH merchandise! 👚❤️⁣

How it works: You have so many options! You can select from several t-shirt colors and styles, including a unisex t-shirt, a racerback tank, or even a jersey-style tee. ⁣

Order your limited-edition SMAH t-shirts NOW THROUGH MAY 31ST at 11:59 P.M. Orders will ship from our partner, Bonfire, in June and are expected to arrive between June 11-22. ⁣

Check out the link in our bio. ⁣

We are so excited to see everyone representing SMAH!
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3 Days left to purchase our awesome SMAH merchandise! 👚❤️⁣

How it works: You have so many options! You can select from several t-shirt colors and styles, including a unisex t-shirt, a racerback tank, or even a jersey-style tee. ⁣

Order your limited-edition SMAH t-shirts NOW THROUGH MAY 31ST at 11:59 P.M. Orders will ship from our partner, Bonfire, in June and are expected to arrive between June 11-22. ⁣

Check out the link in our bio. ⁣

We are so excited to see everyone representing SMAH!
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Have questions about sewing? Want to connect with other members of the SMAH community? This Friday, you can Sew with SMAH! ⁣⁣
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Join SMAH’s Sewing Expert Chrissy Weeks this Friday (5/28) at 2 PM via Facebook Live. ⁣⁣
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If you haven’t joined our Facebook group (Sewing Masks for Area Hospitals - Atlanta), you can ask to join via the link in our bio. ⁣

Hope to see you there! 🥰😷⁣
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#kickasssewmasks #sewnwithheart #PPE #covid19 #pandemic #weloveATL⁣⁣
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Hey sewists! Are you interested in taking part in a research study to investigate how sewing face masks at this time is impacting people? ⁣

Dr. Christine Schnittka at Auburn University is looking for mask makers to participate! ⁣
If you have sewn cloth face masks at home, are over the age of 18 and can be available for a Zoom interview, you would be a great candidate! ⁣

The interview would be recorded and last under 30 minutes. ⁣

If you are interested, please contact Dr. Christine Schnittka at schnittka@auburn.edu or message @chris_schnittka_ceramics on Instagram for more information.
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Together, we have increased safety for those who put their health on the line to keep us healthy. ⁣

Together, we logged thousands of hours and poured our hearts into making simple but essential items—home-sewn masks—that represent the love and concern we have for one another. ⁣

Together, we’ve done the unimaginable: We delivered 50,000 masks.⁣

Thank you to everyone who has helped us reach this milestone. We hope you feel as proud and grateful as we do.
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You've been asking for them ... and now THEY'RE HERE:
SMAH-themed t-shirts! 👚❤ How it works: You have so many options! You can select from several t-shirt colors and styles, including a unisex t-shirt, a racerback tank, or even a jersey-style tee. Order your limited-edition SMAH t-shirts NOW THROUGH MAY 31ST at 11:59 P.M. Orders will ship from our partner, Bonfire, in June and are expected to arrive between June 11-22. Check out the link in our bio.
We are so excited to see everyone representing SMAH!
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Have questions about sewing? Want to connect with other members of the SMAH community? This Friday, you can Sew with SMAH! ⁣⁣
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Join SMAH’s Sewing Expert Nikki Griffin of @AtlantaSewingStyle this Friday (04/22) at 2 PM via Facebook Live. ⁣⁣
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If you haven’t joined our Facebook group (Sewing Masks for Area Hospitals - Atlanta), you can ask to join via the link in our bio. ⁣

Hope to see you there! 🥰😷⁣
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#kickasssewmasks #sewnwithheart #PPE #covid19 #pandemic #weloveATL⁣⁣
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SMAH-Atlanta co-founder and facilities director @kaylaelora making a literal mask drop! 🤣⁣

Wondering where to take your completed masks? Find your nearest drop-off location at TinyURL.com/MaskDropOff.⁣

#kickasssewmasks #sewnwithheart #WeloveATL #PPE #coronavirus #frontline
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