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 masks because their immune systems are too low to protect them from infections.
Individuals in Sarasota and Manatee counties are encouraged to contact our chapter directly with their requests.
Health care facilities and organizations using home sewn masks as covers or PPE substitutions are encouraged to post their requests on We Need Masks.
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.
All Chapter Meeting and NG Meetings are cancelled for March and April to reduce the transmission of Covid19 (Corona Virus) in our community.
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Bring a brown bag lunch
Next program is May 20th
Camp Shirt with Jan Loy
Butterick B6070 by Connie
Volunteers are needed to present in 2020. Please contact us if you can teach
Our Feb-Mar-Apr issue is available for Download
Deadline for next issue is Apr 1st
UPCOMING NG PROGRAMS
May 4: Pins & Needles -Scissors/Needle Holder
May 9: Creative Sassy Sewers -Check with NG Leader
May 16: Anything Sews -Collage Techniques
May 25: Sew Chic -No Meeting/holiday
May: SIG Lingerie -Check with Leader
Next CAB Meeting May 8th
We donate thousands of hours each year to community service sewing to meet the local needs of people.
During this time of uncertainty and sheltering-in-place, many are wondering what we 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 two urgent needs on this listing, 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 more information.
Various Mask Patterns, Instructions & FAQs
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