Local chapters of Ryan’s Case for Smiles will use donated Baby Lock sergers to bring smiles to children with serious illnesses and injuries.
November 6, 2015 – St. Louis, MO – Ryan’s Case for Smiles is keeping the smiles going for thousands of children across the United States with help from Baby Lock and its network of retailers. Baby Lock recently donated Eclipse DX four-thread sergers to 20 Baby Lock retailers, who presented the machines to their local Ryan’s Case for Smiles chapters. These chapters provide whimsical pillowcases to sick children in an effort to help them cope with the stress of life-altering illnesses and injuries.
Ryan’s Case for Smiles (formerly ConKerr Cancer) has donors and volunteers at more than 120 chapters throughout the United States, who have contributed more than $10 million in fabrics and supplies and more than 5 million volunteer hours since the organization’s founding in 2007. In fact, on Sept. 17, 2015 – National PJ Day – Ryan’s Case for Smiles donated its 1 millionth pillowcase.
Cindy Kerr, CEO and founder of Ryan’s Case for Smiles, whose son inspired her to establish the organization, said the partnership with Baby Lock grew out of a relationship with Baby Lock retailer, Steve Chubin of Steve’s Sewing and Vacuum in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. It was Chubin who initially reached out to Baby Lock President Steve Jeffery.
“Last year we were fortunate to receive 10 sergers. In April I met with Steve Jeffery in St. Louis to explore ideas on how we could formulate a more official partnership,” Kerr said. “This year Baby Lock donated sergers to 20 of our chapters. … In addition, Baby Lock donated seven sewing machines to the Philly chapter. These machines are used at our hospital sewing days with the patients along with other community events.”
Local chapters of Ryan’s Case for Smiles regularly create pillowcases and deliver the finished product to approximately 330 hospitals across the United States.
“Pillowcase sewing days are held several times throughout the month, which enables our chapters to supply pillowcases to hospitalized children in addition to allowing volunteers to try out a Baby Lock serger,” said Kerr.
“We are very proud and honored to be a part of this great cause,” Jeffery said. “We will continue to help and support all we can.”
The Baby Lock Eclipse DX serger features Jet-Air Threading™, which takes thread through all three machine loopers with the press of a button. The Eclipse DX is the ideal machine for creating fun pillowcases to sooth, comfort and distract a child in physical and emotional distress.
For more information about Ryan’s Case for Smiles, visit the organization’s website, www.caseforsmiles.org.
To learn more about Baby Lock, visit www.babylock.com.
About Baby Lock:
Baby Lock has been a leader in the sewing industry since 1964. Today, the company offers a full line of easy-to-use, state-of-the-art sewing, quilting and embroidery machines, sergers and accessories, and industry-leading Gold Standard service and support. Baby Lock products are sold exclusively through independent retailers.
Baby Lock is a major underwriter of the popular PBS television shows “Sewing With Nancy,” starring national sewing authority Nancy Zieman, “Quilt in a Day,” starring national quilting authority and Quilting Hall of Fame inductee Eleanor Burns, and Fons & Porter’s “Love of Quilting,” starring Marianne and Mary Fons. For more information about Baby Lock, visit www.babylock.com.
The 2014 Sacred Sewing Room Tour Comes to a Close with Five Completed Makeovers in Five Cities Across the Country
Enchanted Makeovers and Baby Lock Sewing Machines are stitching up a great year of makeovers as the first-ever Sacred Sewing Room Tour comes to a close. The final event, held on October 18 at The Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Washington, NJ, wraps up this life changing makeover tour. Since 2007 Enchanted Makeovers has been transforming homeless shelters for women and children into places that inspire behavioral and psychological change. The 2014 tour focused on creating “Sacred Sewing” rooms at domestic abuse shelters. The Tour touched the lives of hundreds of women and children and will continue to inspire lasting change and confidence through these sewing room makeovers. Photos of the completed rooms are available here via Flickr.
Enchanted Makeovers worked with Baby Lock Sewing Machines as the presenting sponsor to transform five rooms in shelters in St. Louis, MO; Easton, PA; Kansas City, KS; Lexington, KY; and Washington, NJ. More than 70 other sponsors and financial donors helped to fund the tour which enjoyed 100 percent of volunteer support from the Painters and Carpenters Union in each of the five makeover states. Along the way, over 75 volunteers gave their time to bring these rooms to life. Renowned muralist Anita Roll donated nearly 150 hours of her time to create custom-themed murals at each location.
“I always say it takes a village and the Sacred Sewing Room Tour is no exception,” said Terry Grahl, Enchanted Makeovers founder and CEO. “Having a presenting sponsor like Baby Lock and Tacony Corporation and other donors has helped us to create beautiful “Sacred Sewing” rooms with the supplies necessary to empower women through the life skill of sewing. Everyone involved in this project believes that sewing saves lives and seeing this in action with the women who use these sewing rooms reaffirms our belief time and time again.”
As the tour spun into motion, the CeCe Caldwell’s national retailers transformed 20 antique chairs with a custom-created paint color called “Enchanted Lilac” which was specifically created for the tour with ten percent of future sales benefitting Enchanted Makeovers. In a few short months, CeCe Caldwell has already raised over $5000 for Enchanted Makeovers. Sponsors and supporters donated more than 4,000 yards of fabric as well as all the cutting tables, ceiling fans, vacuums and all of the supplies for each sewing station. The 20 sewing stations were equipped with Baby Lock’s popular Rachel sewing machine. Pattern maker Amy Barickman and her team at Indygo Junction created a custom pattern for this tour as well.
“It is hard to deny the passion behind this program,” said Steve Jeffrey, President of Baby Lock. “We support Enchanted Makeover’s Sacred Sewing Room Tour because we truly believe in the idea that sewing saves lives. Sewers have a shared spirit for helping others and spreading goodwill and the 2014 tour have proven to us that is what this is all about.”
“What is truly amazing is that in each of these locations, the women are most excited to get behind the sewing machine and make something for a loved one,” said Grahl. “Knowing that they have something to give creates a deep confidence for the women and we believe can be one of many positive steps in their journey to a new life. Sewing saved my family when I was young and leaving that legacy of change in each of these sewing rooms is powerful.”
As the Presenting sponsor of the program, Baby Lock believes in what this project represents and its significant potential for improving the lives of women and children. The Enchanted Makeovers team spent hundreds of hours transforming the rooms and is committed to the long term success of this program with Baby Lock local market retailers continuing to support the Sacred Sewing Room project by volunteering to provide maintenance to the machines. They have also offered time to teach Sacred Sewing Room instructors how to use the machines. At each shelter, the residents are encouraged to make something to donate to others as one of their first projects. Some of the projects residents have participated in include making dresses for young girls in Africa and creating bibs for teen moms who are re-building their lives in shelters.
EXPERIENCE the 2014 Sacred Sewing Room Tour: Sacred Sewing Tour Slideshow
DONATE to the Sacred Sewing Room Tour, please visit www.sacredsewingroom.org
About Enchanted Makeovers:
Enchanted Makeovers is a 100% all-volunteer 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to transform homeless shelters for women and children into places that inspire behavioral and psychological change. Through unique projects and programs, a place is created that is supportive and inspirational for the most vulnerable members of our society while rebuilding their lives. For more information, visit www.enchantedmakeovers.org.
About Baby Lock:
Baby Lock has been a leader in the sewing industry for nearly 50 years. The company brought the first home serger to the market in 1964, and since then has introduced patented features to the world of serging. Baby Lock also offers a full line of other products that enhance the love of sewing, including easy to use sewing and quilting machines, embroidery products, exclusive software and industry-leading Gold Standard service and support. For more information, visit www.babylock.com.