More young designers receive free sewing machines – Our Social Fabric

More young designers receive free sewing machines

Sew Fund scholarship program update

We are thrilled to share an update on our Sew Fun(d) scholarship program, which has already provided brand-new sewing machines to four talented young designers. In April 2023, Our Social Fabric awarded four additional Janome 2030QDC sewing machines, each worth $929, as part of the program's second round.

The Sew Fun(d) scholarship is an exclusive opportunity for students in grades 8-12 who possess a strong passion for the fibre arts. It is not limited to those enrolled in home economics classes, allowing young designers to explore their creativity and hone their skills. By receiving their very own sewing machines, these students can now bring the joy of sewing into their own homes.

We were amazed by the overwhelming number of applications we received, making it challenging to select just four recipients. Let's take a closer look at the talented individuals we chose:

Miloh Miao

Grade 11, Semiahmoo Secondary, White Rock

Miloh's journey in creating clothes for himself has instilled in him a sense of self-esteem and confidence. As a trans person, he understands the struggle of finding well-fitting clothing that aligns with his identity. In his application, Miloh expressed his desire to use the new sewing machine to not only pursue his passion but also empower others in his community. He believes that everyone deserves clothes that make them feel confident, and we couldn't agree more. We eagerly await Miloh's future creations.

Miloh Miao receives sewing machine

Erin Miller

Grade 11, Riverside Secondary, Port Coquitlam

When Erin was asked to assist with her school's production of Little Women, she not only accepted the challenge but took charge of sewing and altering all the costumes. Her dedication and talent have led her to embark on another exciting endeavour; working on the costumes for the upcoming production of Mary Poppins. Despite being in grade 11, Erin has already completed all the sewing classes offered at her school. To continue her growth, her teacher AJ Vittie has designed an independent study class for her. We are thrilled to witness the remarkable outfits Erin will create for future Broadway shows.

Erin Miller receives free sewing machine

Annelka Daley

Grade 10, Terry Fox Secondary, Port Coquitlam

Annelka's nomination for the scholarship came from her friend and mentor, Beth Searle. Annelka's summers are spent volunteering in the kitchen of a children's club organized by her church, and she also takes care of her younger brothers when her mom is at work. Her love for sewing has blossomed through her involvement with a group of ladies who gather every Tuesday for sewing sessions. Annelka's first project on the new sewing machine will be a small teddy charm for herself and her friends. We are delighted to support someone who wishes to share their passion and creations with their loved ones.

Annelka Daley receives her free sewing machine

Jade Saborio

Grade 11, Eric Hamber Secondary, Vancouver

Jade discovered solace in sewing and creating with her hands after being diagnosed with ADHD. She attributes sewing to calming her mind and bringing happiness into her life. With aspirations of starting her own clothing business after graduation, Jade believes it would grant her independence and enhance her confidence. We eagerly anticipate witnessing the extraordinary garments Jade will bring to life with her new sewing machine.

 Jade Saborio and her free sewing machine

These four talented individuals embody the spirit of our Sew Fun(d) scholarship program, and their passion for the fibre arts is truly inspiring. We are immensely proud to support them as they embark on their creative journeys. Stay tuned to see the incredible creations that will undoubtedly emerge from their talented hands.

Read more about the Sew Fun(d) program and the first round of scholarship winners

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