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A new sewing machine is being put to use by Terrace Elementary fourth-grader Emily and her family. A Facebook posting last week, showing the cloth facemasks they had made, prompted several “orders” from friends and family.

“We are making them and sending them in the mail,” said Emily.

Emily found mask-making instructions on a YouTube page, and is making three different sizes. It takes her about 15 minutes to sew one mask. Each one consists of three layers of colorful fabrics from her collection and some donated by friends. To date, the family has made about 35 masks.


“The hardest part is keeping the sewing straight,” said Emily.

“There was definitely a learning curve as we are all novices on the sewing machine,” said Emily’s mom, Andrea. “But we've been working as a family to get several made, and we will continue to work until there is no longer a need.”

They are poised to respond to future calls for masks from area medical facilities, including a doctor’s office who contacted Andrea after seeing the Facebook posting. 

During a recent outing to Walmart to pick up groceries, the family all wore masks they had created, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

“It is important to wear a mask so the [Covid-19] virus will stop spreading,” said Emily.

Terrace principal, April Blanco, said of Emily’s service project, “This is truly amazing. I am beyond excited and proud of her.”


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