Volunteers help Madison sewing machine store make face masks


Electric Needle of Madison received a wave of volunteers after sharing an email from hospitals in UW, asking for help sewing face masks for their medical providers to use.

Their Facebook post alone received over 1,200 shares as their company, as well as volunteers at home jumped at the chance to help.

“Having something that we can do is really important. It seems really important, you know, beyond avoiding everyone, which just seems very negative. It’s definitely a positive, and it’s something. thing you know anyone can make a straight stitch. ”said Jen Mulder, owner of Electric Needle.

However, many local medical groups are still unsure whether they are able to use the masks.

Emily Kumlien of UW Health said that while the hospital appreciates the support of the community, it cannot accept unsolicited items due to infestation control requirements. In light of this, they ask that no one put down hand-sewn masks or other equipment.

Kumlien also explained that they have “very specific guidelines” that must be followed before you can accept a mask, so it’s best to wait until you hear from them before you sew any masks.

UnityPoint Health – Meriter told NBC15 that he does not ask for, collect or accept donations of homemade masks.

“We appreciate the community’s desire to help, but the best thing the community can do right now is to practice social distancing,” said Leah Huubregtse of UnityPoint-Meriter.

While waiting to see if UW approves its design, however, Electric Needle has announced plans to continue making masks.

“We think it’s really empowering and it brings a lot of people together to make a change,” Mulder added.

The masks made are 100% cotton, so they can be disinfected. Volunteers can drop off masks at the Electric Needle at 4281 W. Beltline Hwy.


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