PPE Face Masks
Sewists around our country are meeting their community's Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needs.
Home sewn masks serve as mask covers to extend the use of commercially made protective masks which are in in short supply. Add to that the number of people caring for a contagious family member at home and our community residents who depend on face coverings because their immune systems are too low to protect them from infections.
Health care facilities and organizations using home sewn (non medical) masks as covers or face coverings are encouraged to post their requests on We Need Masks.
We are unable to accept ANY donations at this time.
All Chapter Meeting and NG Meetings are cancelled until September to reduce the transmission of Covid19 (Corona Virus) in our community.
Virtual NG Meetings and Chapter Programs
Check back the end of May for more information.
Volunteers are needed to present in 2021. Please contact us if you can teach
Our May-June-July issue is available for Download
Deadline for next issue is July 1st
UPCOMING NG PROGRAMS
May 29: SIG Lingerie -Zoom meeting!
Sep 5: Pins & Needles -Check with NG Leader
Sep 12: Creative Sassy Sewers -Check with NG Leader
Sep 19: Anything Sews -Check with NG Leader
Sep 28: Sew Chic -Check with NG Leader
Next CAB Meeting - July 10th
During this time of uncertainty and sheltering-in-place, many are wondering what sewists can do to help. With the shortage of masks causing problems in doctor's offices, clinics, home care settings and hospitals, we can make a difference. ASG is working with our partner, the Sewing & Craft Alliance through a national website that has been set up to match those who can sew masks with those who need them.
Locally there are three urgent needs on this listing, New Horizons in Bradenton, Manor Care in Venice and Solaris Heathcare in Port Charlotte.Their contact information is available using this link.
Please visit https://www.weneedmasks.org for
Our two Bradenton groups have sewn over 500 masks for the residents of Woodland Village in Bradenton, Hawthorne Village of Sarasota and the VA.
Our Sarasota group has sewn nearly 200 for The Pines in Sarsaota a residential home in Sun City. Sarasota County Fire Dept EMS and the VA.
Our Venice group has sewn nearly 500 masks for Venice Hospital, John Hopkins Children's Hospital in Tampa, Doctors Hospital, Tidewell Hospice and Manatee Sheriff's Dept for the Homeless.
These are in addition to those sewn and sent to support their families, neighbors, friends and New York hospitals.
Various Mask Patterns, Instructions & FAQs
Current guidelines suggest mask wearing by the general public may reduce virus transmission. Studies show washable, reusable masks made from cotton are between 66-73% more effective than wearing no masks. When proper mask wear, hand washing and a 6 foot social distance are practiced, virus transmission is decreased in the general population. The most important practice to follow is to isolate yourself and your household from contact with others and keeping a 6 ft distance from others if you must leave the safety of your residence.
The Mask Manual is based on WHO guidelines has been widely distributed in India and contains instructions on how to make a mask from any recycled cotton garment and rubber bands.
The Mask Manual- contains information comparing surgical masks to cotton mask, mask wearing, sewn masks, how to make a simple mask if you can't sew or don't have a machine and other credible mask information.
THANKS for letting us sew...
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We are real people meeting in real buildings to sew real things. And we have a blast. So take a moment to step away from the world of virtual reality and mosey on down to your nearest NG. Better yet, bring a friend with you!