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John and Margaret's Featherweight Sewing Machine Lending Program!
by Ashley Fritsche
John and Margaret Flynn and the Woods Hole Public Library Bringing Sewing Literacy to Their Community
We recently received a note from John and Margaret Flynn of Woods Hole Massachusetts. Located near the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, their small local library has developed a unique idea we had to share: a Featherweight Lending program!
Patrons can borrow one of the Library’s Featherweights to take home and use, and simply return it when they are done, like any book. The portability of the Featherweight does lend itself to lending!
As Library volunteers, John and Margaret facilitate this program by repairing, maintaining, and cleaning the machines. John says some of our video tutorials have been a huge help and we’re gratified to know we have helped them in their efforts. A few of the machines pictured here are from their private collection, so it’s clear they are not novices when it comes to Featherweights.
Here the industrious couple with the freshly serviced machines:
We were so thrilled to hear of this program that gives their community greater access to the joys of sewing! Have you heard of similar programs in your own communities? Let us know in the comments.