Enchanted Makeovers is dedicated to transforming shelter environments for women and children across the country. In 2011, the organization added a sewing room, equipped with Baby Lock machines, to its makeover project. “The Sacred Sewing Room program was inspired by my mother’s story. Even though money was very tight, my mother made sure our family never went without by making so many things for her children by hand. I didn’t learn until I was older that my mother was battling depression at the time. I really understood the power of creativity and sewing when my mother said to me, ‘A sewing machine saved my life.’ I knew I had to share the power of sewing with women living in the shelters we are transforming,”
According to Grahl, being a part of the Sacred Sewing Room Tour will have a major impact on shelter residents. The five shelters on the tour each have a different mission, but all understand the empowering effects of sewing. Some of the shelters specialize in helping victims of domestic abuse whereas others dedicate their services to pregnant homeless teens. “The Directors of shelters where we have established the Sacred Sewing Room program tell us it has done so much for their shelter and the ladies in their programs. It helps the ladies develop skills that they might not have had or revisit skills they have not used in years,” Grahl said. “They enjoy the projects they complete and it shows them that they can create something…It has provided a peaceful environment to learn sewing and allows them to bond with their peers and learn patience.”
So far, Enchanted Makeovers has added two Sacred Sewing Rooms to shelters, but this year they’ll add five others to the list. In support of the Enchanted Makeovers mission, Baby Lock will donate machines for the 2014 Sacred Sewing Room Tour.
The 2014 tour will span from June to October, starting at The Women’s Safe House in St. Louis. From there the tour will travel to the following shelters:
· Third Street Alliance, Easton, PA
· Hope House, Kansas City, MO
· Green House 17, Lexington, KY
· Domestic Abuse Crisis Center (DASACC), Washington, NJ
“We’re very excited to kick off the tour in the home of Baby Lock,” Steve Jeffery, President of Baby Lock, said. “The mission of healing with the love of sewing is something Baby Lock has always believed in, and to bring this to women and children in shelters is truly remarkable. We hope the St. Louis launch will bring a lot of attention and new supporters to the Sacred Sewing Room Tour and Enchanted Makeovers.”
In addition to the Baby Lock machines, the rooms will also include a Tailormade cutting table, and other notions and accessories donated by the Sewing and Craft Club and other sponsors. Amy Barickman, with Indygo Junction, will help with stocking the rooms with fabric. Additionally, many sewing publications have agreed to support the tour including magazines from Meredith Corporation, McCall’s Patterns, F + W Media, and more.
Grahl always says, “It takes a village,” and many non-sewing related sponsors are involved with the Sacred Sewing Room Tour as well. Maytag Vacuums has agreed to give each shelter a vacuum, and Regency Ceiling Fans will equip the rooms with a fan. In addition, the award-winning mural artist, Anita Roll, will be painting inspiration murals in the sewing rooms. It is also very exciting that CeCe Caldwell’s Paints is developing an exclusive color called “Enchanted”
Enchanted Makeovers is still looking for additional sponsors and any monetary donations. “As a 100% all volunteer 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, we rely on the generosity of donors and volunteers to carry out our mission. All monetary donations are tax deductible and will support this National tour where we will transform existing rooms in shelters around the country into “Sacred Sewing Rooms”,” Grahl said. And they aren’t stopping there! On an on-going basis, Enchanted Makeovers’ volunteer sewing instructors will hold classes in each shelter. “Phase 2 of this program is currently being developed in collaboration with the Business and Fashion Departments of Centenary College in New Jersey. Enchanted Makeovers hopes to eventually open sewing manufacturing centers to create inspirational products and offer job opportunities for women who have completed the sewing program at a shelter”. Ellen Banks, Chief Operating Officer, Enchanted Makeovers, said.
The group is working to secure funding for travel expenses and supplies, and every little bit helps. For more information on the 2014 Sacred Sewing Room Tour and donating, visit www.sacredsewingroom.org.
About Enchanted Makeovers:
Enchanted Makeovers is a 100% all-volunteer 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to transform homeless shelters for women and children into places that inspire behavioral and psychological change. Through unique projects and programs, a place is created that is supportive and inspirational for the most vulnerable members of our society while rebuilding their lives. For more information, visit www.enchantedmakeovers.org.
About Baby Lock:
Baby Lock has been a leader in the sewing industry for nearly 50 years. The company brought the first home serger to the market in 1964, and since then has introduced patented features to the world of serging. Baby Lock also offers a full line of other products that enhance the love of sewing, including easy to use sewing and quilting machines, embroidery products, exclusive software and industry-leading Gold Standard service and support.