Sewing room makeover at Greenhouse 17 intended to inspire confidence and creativity

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Enchanted Makeovers and Baby Lock Sewing Machines are stitching up a surprise for five women’s shelters in five cities across the country this year, including the Greenhouse 17 shelter in Lexington. The new sewing room at the Lexington shelter will be revealed at Greenhouse 17 today at 1 p.m.
 
Enchanted Makeovers, an all-volunteer nonprofit, has been doing this for homeless shelters that house women and children since 2007, but this year they teamed up with the sewing machine company for the first Sacred Sewing Room Tour. The plan is to create unique, inspirational sewing rooms equipped with Baby Lock machines and supplies for the women living in the shelters to both learn a new life skill and gain confidence in their abilities to create new lives for themselves.
 

   This is the Greenhouse 17 sewing room before the makeover. (Photo provided)

This is the Greenhouse 17 sewing room before the makeover. (Photo provided)

The team spends months beforehand collecting handmade items, fabric and other things from communities locally and nationally that they used to transform the rooms. The new room at Greenhouse 17 is open for inspection Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. There will be refreshments and music by Jessie Laine Powell at the unveiling.
 
“The Sacred Sewing Room program was inspired by my mother’s story. Even though money was very tight, my mother made sure our family never went without by making many things for her children by hand,” said Terry Grahl, Enchanted Makeovers founder and CEO. “I didn’t learn until I was older that my mother was battling depression at the time. I really understood the power of creativity and sewing when my mother said to me, ‘A sewing machine saved my life.’ I knew I had to share the power of sewing.”
 
As a premier sponsor of the program, Baby Lock believes in what this project represents and its significant potential for improving the lives of women and children.
 

Part of the mural painted on the Greenhouse 17 wall (Photo provided)

Part of the mural painted on the Greenhouse 17 wall (Photo provided)

“We are approached by hundreds of organizations about sponsorships each year, but we have chosen to support Enchanted Makeover’s Sacred Sewing Room Tour because we truly believe in the idea that sewing saves lives,” said Steve Jeffery, president of Baby Lock. “Sewers have a shared spirit for helping others and spreading goodwill and that is what this is all about.”
 
The Greenhouse 17 room is entitled Made with Love based on the home’s stated purpose of using creativity to help heal and motivate. The team painted, replaced floors and decorated the space with attention to detail. Baby Lock installed four of its popular Rachel sewing machines.
 
“Based on the stories women in shelters have shared with me over the years, many of their childhoods were taken away by either physical or mental abuse,” says Grahl. “The four walls of the Sacred Sewing Room will be a place of healing and creativity. The walls will depict fields of beautiful gardens, clotheslines filled with handmade quilts and in the distance a cottage where you can imagine the windows open, curtains blowing in the wind and a place to rest your head. We want to leave behind a sacred place made with love.”
 
Other companies have donated items such as Maytag, Tailormade, Madeira Threads, Springs Creative, CeCe Caldwell, The McCall Pattern Company, F+W Media, Indygo Junction and Better Homes & Gardens. Mural artist Anita Roll also painted murals in each sewing room.
 
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From Greenhouse 17

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