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Thread: Trying to share the quilting (sewing) fun

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    Maybe I've found a way to share, as so many do in quilting. I have my grandmother's Singer she bought in 1920 and a Singer Touch & Sew, so I don't need another machine. But I couldn't resist a Singer 5808c at a garage sale, just to see if I could get it to work. I could afford $10. Got it oiled and working. I'm going to give it to Good Will. Perhaps someone needs an inexpensive machine just to get started in quilting. Anyone have ideas on this way to share in quilting/sewing? Great people here. Gary

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    What a good thing to do. It amazes me what wonderful people are on this board.

    Lynn :-)

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    I share with the Boys and girls club in my town. They would have loved a machine but they came over to my house to make quilts and blankets for Project Linus. We did about 25 of them in 9 months, and they still want to do it this year too.

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    So nice of you!

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    At the rate our Goodwill is charging for things now, I think you might be better off giving it to Salvation Army or some place that gives things away rather than charging an arm and a leg. Our local Goodwill often charges more for a used item than you would pay for the same item new at Walmart. I think they're going into retail as opposed to trying to actually help people.

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    What about giving it to a women's shelter? Maybe there is someone who could help them make or alter clothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramto4
    What about giving it to a women's shelter? Maybe there is someone who could help them make or alter clothing.
    I haven't taken the machine to the Good Will yet. Good ideas jeaninmaine and gramto4. I like the women's shelter idea or something like that. Will ck that out. I'd like to be sure it might be of good use to someone. Gary

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    Nice of you.

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    What a wonderful idea and so many wonderful suggestions already stated. Bless you for your kindness!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeaninmaine
    At the rate our Goodwill is charging for things now, I think you might be better off giving it to Salvation Army or some place that gives things away rather than charging an arm and a leg. Our local Goodwill often charges more for a used item than you would pay for the same item new at Walmart. I think they're going into retail as opposed to trying to actually help people.
    I agree the prizes in those stores have gone to the roof. Giving it away to a womens shelter would be better.

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    Gary, what a wonderful thing to do, I love the idea of a women's shelter rather than goodwill, seems more "pay it forward" to me.

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    Bless your heart, Gary!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garylester
    Maybe I've found a way to share, as so many do in quilting. I have my grandmother's Singer she bought in 1920 and a Singer Touch & Sew, so I don't need another machine. But I couldn't resist a Singer 5808c at a garage sale, just to see if I could get it to work. I could afford $10. Got it oiled and working. I'm going to give it to Good Will. Perhaps someone needs an inexpensive machine just to get started in quilting. Anyone have ideas on this way to share in quilting/sewing? Great people here. Gary
    You might try a Freecycle site. (I had one today looking for a sewing machine in Elmhurst.)

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    You need to be aware there are lot of people who shop goodwill for items then resell. I visit our local goodwill often. While there early one morning, was surprised to see how many people were there. Turns out, these were people looking for items to resell. Same things happen with Freecycle. This is unfortunate. I don't know what the answer is to be sure the machine goes to someone in real need.

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    Maybe check with local quilt guilds/sewing groups and see if they know of anyone in need of a machine :D:D:D

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    I have had past experiences with Goodwill. Not good. Supervisors and staff personnel go through all donations and pick them for themselves and a lot never get to the sales floor. A lot of the stores the handicapped workers are treated bad by the bosses. I avoid giving to them and give to DAV or organizations that really appreciate the donations.

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    Gosh, I could think of lots of ways to donate the machine to good causes. Project Linus gets donations of machines and women's shelters, senior centers , a lot of good ideas on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramto4
    What about giving it to a women's shelter? Maybe there is someone who could help them make or alter clothing.
    Wonderful idea! Ditto!!

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    That is a pretty awesome thing to do Gary...another thought is to donate it to a local Church. They usually know what members might benefit from a machine...ones who sew and ones who may be disadvantaged.

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    We have a Habitat for Humanity Store near me And they love donations like this. They sell all the stuff and all the money they make goes right into building housing. Try an on line search for one near you if this would be of interest.
    peace

    The stores are called Habitat Re store

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    Thanks for all the comments on what to do with the machine I picked up at the garage sale. It's not fancy, but it works. I especially appreciate the comments on Good Will. I never thought of the things mentioned. I will not be giving it to Good Will. But it is kind of discouraging to me. I'm a retired United Methodist clergy and I always heard Good Will was started by the Methodist Church in 1916. But, things change, and I'm glad you all alerted me. And, thanks for the nice comments. But it's just a small thing I can do. Maybe some can come up with other things to do for good in the context of the quilting hobby. Gary

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    I know a lady who spent some time in prison. She said people would donate fabric and machines and she learned to quilt while there.

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    Thanks UBE Quilting. I have a retired minister friend who is very involved in Habitat for Humanity. I'll ck with him. Gary

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    If you advertise it on a freecycle in your area you could meet the person you give it to
    Judy

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    That's a great idea Teddybear Lady. I worked in a women's prison Work Release program years ago, and one of the women had no money and was able to make her cloths on an old Singer. They were very nice. And she showed others how to sew. All these suggestions are so good. May I be bold and suggest that others may have old machines that aren't "collectibles" and may want to share them. Again, you all are very good people. Gary

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