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Donna shares her secrets on the elusive “travelling sewing kit.”  This applies to the tools that might be used most often at a meeting when the Sew Crazies are sewing. A kit should have:  fabric scissors, thread scissors, assortment of hand sewing needles, basic threads (black, white, tan, red), seam ripper, tape measure, sewing gauge, assortment of needles for your machine, 2-3 bobbins, tweezers, small screwdrivers (flat and phillips) and bandaids.  A few misc. buttons, chalk, a dime and nickle (for buttonhole placement) are also handy.  
Mystery Solved:  Travelling Sewing Kit Revealed
Our Next Meeting Saturday, October 20th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church 201 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, TN
Girl Scouts:  Let’s Get Sewing with Sew Crazy
   Girl Scouts!  Are you or your troop looking for a worthwhile community service project that you can do, all the while learning a creative and fun skill?    Sew Crazy is looking for you!    Sew Crazy has helped Girl Scouts turn old t- shirts into tote bags, an upcycling project that resulted in sacks for their cookie sales.  Other beginning sewing projects may also be available for your troop to try, depending on the age of participants and purpose of the project.    Let Sew Crazy help you get started.  Contact Donna Horowitz, director and sewing instructor, for more information.  Phone (423) 434-0424 or e-mail info@sew-crazy.org.
Scraps and Squares
Don’t forget Sew Crazy’s ongoing projects -- the 6x6 squares for Nicaraqua and fabric scraps for the dog beds.
Sew Crazy
Where Sewists of All Ages, Interests and Skill Levels are Welcome!
Sew-A-Thon
Mark your calendar for the Breast Cancer Awareness month two-day event to sew mastectomy aprons. To be held Oct. 5th from 1-5 p.m. and Oct. 6th from 1-4 p.m., the event will be held at Fletcher’s Homemade in downtown Elizabethton.  Sew Crazy will provide pre-cut kits and snacks. Help is needed in cutting kits, as well as to be on hand to teach others this simple project. Machines will be available. Spread the word!
Shop for Sew Crazy
Amazon shoppers can now get their favorite deals and benefit Sew Crazy. Start your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com and choose Sew Crazy of NE TN as your charity.  A percentage of your total will be donated to Sew Crazy.  You know you are going to shop Amazon, so help out Sew Crazy while you’re at it!
Bears for ‘Kids Like Us’ A bevy of beary adorable teddy bears made their debut at the September Sew Crazy meeting.  Using the same simple pattern, but with endless possibilities for fabric choices and embellishments, no two bears were alike. The bears will be rehomed to Kids Like Us, an Elizabethton non-profit.  Kids Like Us was formed in 2017 and operates on donations of funds and volunteer hours.  This organization provides a location where both children and young adults can meet and have the opportunity to connect with others for learning and socializaing regardless of their background, physical and mental abilities, race, religion, etc.  Our bears, with their diversity in design/color, will be appreciated to help teach the message that we are all really the same, just made differently.
Woven’ receives latest Sew Crazy project
Woven, a program to support women who have delivered a drug-exposed baby, was the recepient of over 200 pieces of infant layette items as a result of the latest Sew Crazy project completed. Baby bibs, blankets, tees, hats, and kimono tops were just a few of the pieces donated. Stephanie Elliot-Carr, pictured at right with Donna, was on hand to receive the donation. Woven is part of the Families Free program serving upper East Tennessee.  The goal of Woven is to see women restored into the mothers they were created to be.  They offer treatment services, case management support as well as inhome parenting eduction to accomplish this.