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Artist asking for sewing machines to give to students learning to sew


South Side artist Suz Pisano is seeking the donation of old sewing machines to use in teaching children how to sew.

Machines should be in working order, but Pisano says she's willing to tackle minor repairs and cleaning herself. “I can't always wait for the repairman and have had to learn how to take apart and repair my own machines.”

Pisano uses mostly large industrial machines for her work. “Home machines aren't cut out for the magnitude of sewing I do making hats and purses,” she said.

Pisano has been teaching Fiber & Design classes through the Arts Apprenticeship Program at Brashear Association for the last three years. This summer she began a Summer Sewing Studio at Saint Clair Village where at-risk youth are engaged in creative activity. She had the idea of seeking donations of old working machines to provide some of her students with machines after completing the classes. “The students just love sewing.”

Call Suz Pisano at 412-488-6444 to donate a machine or for more information. Pick-up of machines can be arranged.


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