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The Sacred Sewing Room

March 7, 2013 in News

Enchanted Makeovers, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming shelter environments across the country, hosted the big reveal of its largest makeover yet at Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries on January 19, 2013. The makeover took place in the Genesis III House, which is dedicated for female veterans and their children. It included 21 revamped bedrooms and one “Sacred Sewing Room” complete with six Baby Lock Grace sewing machines.

Totally Stitchin': The Sacred Sewing Room

This is the second Enchanted Makeover to include a sewing room, and according to Terry Grahl, Enchanted Makeovers founder and CEO, the women and children were thrilled. “Women were screaming with tears of joy, ‘My grandma used to sew!’.  There was even a little boy who went and sat at a machine, ready to sew at that moment!” Grahl said.

Totally Stitchin': The Sacred Sewing Room

Baby Lock Retailer Sandy’s Sew & Vac in Dearborn Heights, Michigan will provide maintenance for the six machines as needed. This will ensure the machines are always working properly, so the women and children can use the room as part of their healing processes. Coming from a sewing family, Grahl deeply understands the power sewing has on an individual. According to Grahl, as Enchanted Makeovers attempts to give shelter residents a voice, sewing skills give those women and children a sense of self-worth and empowerment they may have been missing. Finishing a project is more than having a new pillowcase or blanket—it instills a feeling of “I can do this.”

The “Sacred Sewing Room” is only one aspect of the entire makeover. Enchanted Makeovers was founded on the idea of embracing transformation, and over the years Grahl has learned the importance one’s environment has on this change. “The hallways [of the shelter] were all dark, and it was exactly how these women and children were feeling.  A new environment represents starting fresh,” Grahl said. “I’ve learned so much. Standing there, at one point I heard a little boy look at a bird painted on the wall and he said, ‘I feel like I can just fly’.  You really see how important environment is.”

Totally Stitchin': The Sacred Sewing Room

Over 300 volunteers and donors helped with the large Detroit makeover, with donations coming from individuals and companies across the country. After months of hard work, many volunteers, shelter staff members and residents shared a meal to celebrate the big reveal of the makeover. No one was served in a food line, and everyone was treated as equals. “Everyone had a name tag.  Do you ever notice when you volunteer somewhere it’s only the volunteers that have name tags?  We aim to give everyone a voice,” Grahl said.

See more pictures of “The Sacred Sewing Room” on the Baby Lock Facebook page!

Next on the Enchanted Makeovers agenda is the second annual “She Is Me” gala scheduled for August 17 in Hackettstown, New Jersey. Stay up to date on everything Enchanted Makeovers at www.enchantedmakeovers.org.

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