Sewing Together in the Caring Highlands
STITCH welcomes women from nations around the world and of many faith traditions to participate in a women’s sewing program. These women are offered the opportunity to learn the basics of sewing. STITCH is focused on empowering women in a safe environment of support and encouragement as they establish relationships with the warm and caring volunteers.
Started in May 2011 by church member J.C. Compton, STITCH has built a community that began with the sewing machine she donated and a few women to three rooms and 44 donated sewing machines. On any given Tuesday or Wednesday as many as 12 sewing machines can be running at a time with women practicing the craft together. Women start learning to sew lines and curves on paper before moving on to making tote bags. As skills develop women move to projects of increasing difficulty, including aprons, fleece and wool jackets, drawing from a library of donated patterns. Some have gained enough skill to develop their own patterns that provide clothing or household goods from their own culture that are unavailable in the United States.