The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 9, 2011

Sewing seeds of Christianity

Church starts a group for young girls

By Kasey Fowler, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID — Whirs and clacks fill the silence of a room of third- through sixth-graders, their young heads bowed as they give full attention to the tasks at hand.

First United Methodist Church hosts students from Drummond to Pioneer in its Little Ladies Sewing Circle. The group meets in a classroom filled with sewing machines and scraps of colorful fabric provided to help the girls learn to sew.

“They sew for themselves, to learn to sew,” said Sue Schmidt, leader of Little Ladies Sewing Circle. But, she added, the mission has outcomes beyond simply learning a craft.

“We’ve done crayon packets for children’s church, stockings each Christmas and tissue holders for the Methodist Home. We’ve made hats, purses, head bands, laundry bags and pillowcases,” she said, adding they do at least two projects a year.

Currently, students are piecing flannel quilts, she said, and the next task is a service project for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

“All the machines are donated. Church members bring fabric and we use the donated fabric for projects,” said Schmidt.

The group has taught young women to sew for the 10 years.

The owner of a local sewing shop, who also is a church member, helps make sure the machines are in good working order, and helpers love time spent in teaching and learning.

“We enjoy this, and we feel it is important for our kids to learn to sew,” Schmidt said. “They like it so much they keep wanting us to start one for the older kids.”

The group meets the fourth Wednesday of the month August through November and January through May, Schmidt said.

“We encourage them to start in the fall because we go over the basics of sewing then, but they can come in anytime.”