“Can I make a pillow?” asked Kennedy while I was re-assembling the sewing machines bobbin case after removing one of the largest tangles of thread I have ever encountered. “Of course – choose the fabric you want from the cupboard and decide how large you want your pillow.”
She proceeded to make five pillows that day, after being shown the basics. She also learned how to take the bobbin case apart, put it together again and re-thread the machine, after she had knotted it up multiple times throughout the day. The following Friday, she showed a SLU volunteer how to sew and they worked together to fill the pillows with rice instead of fiberfill. A few days later she assisted several other students with their sewing projects and made an attempt to fix the machine when it was tangled.