Sew much love

Lauren Clark

KALKASKA — All across northern Michigan sewing machines are whirring and altruism is in high speed. Local sewing professionals, experts and novices alike have teamed up to make homemade fabric face masks for medical care workers. Dubbed Seamstresses for Safety, the group has grown to encompass over 1,600 sewers from Facebook alone. 

At the time of publication, 11,616 masks of many different styles and patterns have been created and donated by members of the group with more being made every minute.

While making face masks may be a skill few have had experience with before, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced some people to refocus their contributions and talents. As of the morning of April 7, nearly 18,000 Michiganders have tested positive for the disease. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends that anyone entering a public space wear a cloth face mask, especially in places where social distancing is difficult such as the pharmacy or grocery store. 

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