Sew Powerful Purse Project
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Sew Powerful Purse Project

The Sew Powerful Purse program helps girls get feminine hygiene supplies to stay in school all month, saving them six weeks of school on average. It also supports seamstresses in Lusaka Zambia with training and good paying jobs. The Zambian team makes purposeful products (school uniforms, reusable feminine hygiene products, soap, and farm fresh food) all designed to help keep kids stay in school. The purses made, provide the perfect packaging for the reusable feminine hygiene supplies that are distributed to girls in health class. 

Your $5 to attend this event, is greatly appreciated and will go directly to Sew Powerful to aid in the shipment cost for all the purses collected, when they are ready to ship to Zambia. We’ll provide the pattern, instructions, and the purse kits ready to assemble! This will be a 5-hour event, so it’s possible that we can make quite a few purses. You just need to bring your sewing machine and some basic sewing supplies!

Supplies Needed for Sew Powerful Purse Project:

  • Sewing machine, Embroidery Machine, or Serger

  • Bobbin & Sewing Thread (for your machine)

  • Embroidery threads (and bobbin) if you’d like to add some embroidery detail to a section of the purse(s) you make.

  • Basic sewing supplies

  • Pinking Shears

If you need a refresher on how to use your sewing machine, please stop the store or call to schedule a Machine Basics class!

Class Registration Policy

Registration will close 48 hours prior to the class date.  Waitlist positions may be available, or you can call the Sewing Center to register if space is available.

If we cancel a class due to enrollment or other reasons, you will be notified 48 hours prior to the date of the class and will receive a full refund or credit toward future classes.

We also require 48-hour notice should you need to cancel your attendance of a class in order to receive a full refund. No refunds will be given for any student cancellations made within 48 hours of the class date (or no-shows).

Class start times listed are when Instruction begins, so please make sure to arrive 20 minutes prior to class time to set up your machine.

Supply lists are provided for all classes and it is the student’s responsibility to bring all required supplies as well as basic sewing tools, sewing/embroidery machine, and related accessories to all classes. Please contact the Sewing Center prior to your class if you have any questions or need to purchase supplies.

Skill Level: beginner
Skill Details: Must know how to use a sewing machine.
Materials Included: Purse Kits
Requirements: Sewing machine w/ basic sewing supplies.
Instructor: Therese Bracy

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.