Sew & Sew

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Sew & Sew equips remote community schools with sewing labs, including quality sewing machines and supplies, so they can teach a valuable life skill through traditional projects in the school setting.


Your support enables us to equip classrooms and cover the high costs of shipping.

Janome Canada Ltd. contributes 60 quality sewing machines! Read all about it here:
Attention friends in the GTA : Sewing supply collection April 1 - May 31, 2021
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What's needed:
Collection centres:

Alliston Sewing Machine Service 
122 Cunningham Dr. 
Alliston, Ontario 
(705) 435-9888

The Sewing Cafe 
118 Mill Street
Georgetown, Ontario

Triangle Sewing Centre 
386 Woolwich Street
Guelph, Ontario

Please contact the collection centres directly for drop-off instructions. Collections are held in accordance with the COVID safety measures currently in place.


We are so proud to introduce Ruth Dukas as official ambassador of Sew & Sew!

Ruth is a retired, award-winning Canadian fashion designer who in the 1960s was celebrated across North America for her evening wear designs with their luxurious beading and embroidery. She employed Indigenous women for some of the bead work and recalls how Indian Affairs at the time made the process extremely difficult; buried in red tape and endless paperwork, she was forced to abandon her employment strategy, but always hoped that someday she would be able to continue supporting Indigenous women and communities.

In 2017, Ruth joined I Love First People as a chapter leader for Kingston. Each year since, she mobilizes her network in support of our projects. What’s even more amazing is that Ruth has reignited her passion for knitting through ILFP, as each year she knits dozens of hats and scarfs for children in remote communities – the kids who receive her creations love them, and are always so happy to hear the story of the wonderful woman who made them! (Ruth was also a knitwear designer, working alongside other greats like Alfred Sung).

Today, at a youthful 92, Ruth is asking all Canadians, especially all businesses and groups involved in textile arts, to join her in helping young students to learn sewing through traditional projects.


Together, we can help elevate a new generation of Indigenous creators and designers who are all very eager to get started…

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