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Sewing machines for the Elderly to train younger women

Sep 4, 2017
Sewing machines for the Elderly to train younger women

As part of the Ward fund allocation, two heavy duty sewing machines were bought for the Young at Heart Club for the Elderly. Pensioners from Touwsranten and Kleinkrantz attend meetings twice a week where various topics are discussed, hand work projects take place and outings are arranged.

According to Cllr Marlene Viljoen-Barnardt, Ward Councillor for Ward 4, the ladies plan on making wonder bags (for cooking while saving electricity), duvet covers, aprons and various products for use by members as well as for sale.

“Any donations of fabric, wool or sewing requirements will be most welcome and can be dropped at the Touwsranten Area Office. Alternatively, contact the office at 044 803 9280.

She says this is exciting as the project can only grow and grow as more ladies learn the trade and become self-sufficient.

Ina du Preez from Sewing Suid-Kaap in Courtney Street, George is giving Margaret de Lilly and Sheila Mosavel free training on the machines. She says the training is for an unlimited period. If they are done with the training, Du Preez says, they are more than welcome to come back for refreshers.

De Lilly says she feels good that she was chosen to operate the machine and does her own sewing at home. She says this training will give life to new and bigger projects for their group.

Mosavel, who was a Manager in a Clothing Factory for most of her life and later owned her own factory, says she cannot wait to teach the younger members what they have learned.

Du Preez is training the ladies in the finer detail and workings of the machines and new ideas.

Image: Cllr Marlene Viljoen-Barnardt (back) with Sheila Mosavel, Ina du Preez (trainer) and Margaret de Lilly during a training session at Sewing Suid-Kaap.