As our regular followers know, Fix-It Fair workshops scheduled to be held by the nonprofit Toolbox Project this past Spring had to be postponed due to COVID-19. In an exercise in innovative adaptation, the Toolbox Project initiated a series of "virtual" Fix-It Fairs; short repair video demos with live Q&A Zoom sessions. The first series, presented Aug 14-16th in partnership with the City of Eugene, focused on easy sewing repair: "No-Machine Sewing Repair," "Anatomy of a Sewing Machine," and "How to Replace a Zipper."
Celeste Peterson, ToolBox Project Board President and sewist extraordinaire, recorded the videos at home then shared the videos on Zoom and facilitated a live conversation after each showing.
Through these creative offerings, the Toolbox Project team is working to "keep the repair revolution going", a message which resonated with one happy participant who shared this note with the organizers:
"Dear Fix it Fair, You are awesome! I learned so much during your recent virtual Fit it Fair about my sewing machine and how to repair clothing, including zippers which have always intimidated me. No more throwing clothes out now if all they need is a new zipper! I also benefited from the discussion of basic sewing machine trouble shooting and maintenance. The presenter was knowledgeable and reassuring. Thanks again ToolBox and Fix it a Fair!"
We couldn't have put it any better. Thank you, Toolbox for the excellent event and for helping our community to see the value of repair over disposal. Keep an eye out for future events from this creative organization by visiting the Toolbox Project website.