LET’S SEW BUFFALO – A Buffalo Jill put the finishing touches on a quilt for the troops that was delivered to Bethesda in August 2011. Photo submitted by Scott Schaefer.
EDEN — Carolynn Schaefer started Creative Sewing Center in Eden 15 years ago, after she had been teaching and sewing out of her home. She said that women who had experienced heartbreak would attend her class as both a lesson for the craft and a therapy session.
“I came onto Main Street to provide a safe haven; to cope and heal,” Schaefer said. After surviving breast cancer, she said she knows the significance in having a space for that comfort; it is a place to rejuvenate, she said.
Schaefer has been sewing since she was 10 years old; she has a degree in home economics education.
Creative Sewing Center, a family-owned business since 1998, is built on a stated foundation of helping. The center has events planned for the upcoming months, to assist in community service beyond the Western New York area.
Come mid–late November, a quilt drive will be held, in conjunction with the Buffalo Jills. Customers may bring in blankets and quilts that will be donated to individuals in the United States military. After the donation period has ended, the blankets will be brought to Fort Lewis in McChord, Wash.
Management Consultant Chris Hobart of G. A. Wright, a marketing company out of Denver, Colo., has been helping Creative Sewing Center reorganize the business.
“We have grown since day one,” Schaefer said. The shop brought in Hobart to help with the surplus of business, yet still maintain its efforts to assist the community.
The center will host a food drive on Sept. 14. Schaefer encouraged individuals to bring in food; in return, they will be eligible to win “prize dollars.”
A variety of prizes, including a hot dog toaster, a popcorn machine, a big-screen TV or a coffee maker, may be “bought” with the dollars. The donations will go to the Eden North Collins Food Pantry.
The center also hosts an open sew on Thursday nights. Fellow sewers may join a potluck dinner, followed by time spent working on projects. The shop also offers sewing classes; special guest teachers will occasionally attend, to demonstrate and help individuals develop their sewing skills.
She said that bringing in those special features she considers important has led to “exponential success” at the store.
Creative Sewing Center is located at 8386 North Main St. in Eden and may be contacted at 992-4364 for more information about the shop or the quilt/food drives.