More free sewing machines to change young designers lives – Our Social Fabric

More free sewing machines to change young designers lives


Our Social Fabric is handing out six free sewing machines to youth in the Vancouver Lower Mainland as part of our scholarship program, Sew Fun(d).

Our unique scholarship program has already given away four sewing machines to high school students across the city, allowing them to take their creativity and love of fibre arts to the next level. We are now giving away the final six machines and high school students are encouraged to apply now to take advantage of this opportunity. 

Their scholarship program aims to encourage the next generation of designers and sewing enthusiasts. The four machines already given away have helped the recipients build their skills, provide creative inspiration and build self-confidence.

MaryAn Webb of Our Social Fabric, holds one of six brand new sewing machines which will be awarded to high school students in the Vancouver Lower Mainland. 

Sew Fun(d) coordinator, MaryAn Webb explains, “Giving away the first four machines really gave us an insight into how life-changing this gift can be. We’re taking away some of the financial barriers faced by young designers, giving them the freedom to explore their creativity and widen their career opportunities in the longer term.”

Lexi Lawson

Sew Fun(d) recipient Lexi Lawson, modelling one of her makes created with her free sewing machine.

Scholarship recipient, Lexi Lawson shares, “I am forever grateful to Our Social Fabric for awarding me a Sew Fun(d) scholarship. With my new machine I’ve already accomplished so much including this vibrant outfit, “Hua Cheng” recently worn at Vancouver FanExpo. Graduating from high school this year means I won’t have easy access to the textiles room so this machine will allow me to continue sewing all my creations from home while attending university.”

Joanna Wyatt, chair of Our Social Fabric, explains further, “We encourage any high school student in the Lower Mainland with an interest in sewing to apply. They don’t necessarily have to be in a sewing program but must be passionate about the fibre arts. Students and teachers can nominate a student, peer or themselves for this opportunity.”

Applications for Sew Fun(d) are being taken now and close at midnight on April 7. 

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