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College students use late grandmother's sewing machine to start online face mask business

Three college students from Norwalk and Fairfield have seen a lot of success with an online face mask business they started using two of the girls’ late grandmother's sewing machine.

News 12 Staff

Sep 4, 2020, 5:14 PM

Updated 1,383 days ago

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Three college students from Norwalk and Fairfield have seen a lot of success with an online face mask business they started using two of the girls’ late grandmother's sewing machine.
Sew Sisters CT is an online shop started by sisters Julia and Kristina Franco, and their friend Jillian Thaler.
The sisters say they decided to put their late grandma's sewing machine to good use while spending hours at home while quarentinning during the height of the pandemic.
Fast forward a few months, and the girls have had around 1,500 sales with buyers across the country.
Sew Sisters offers about 30 patterns for masks and includes child sizes too.
They say with September also being Suicide Prevention Month, part of the proceeds from mask sales are going to "My Friend Abby," a non-profit founded in honor of Thaler's friend who committed suicide in high school.
The college girls are now tasked with juggling a business along with their studies.
Though overwhelmed at times, they say they know their grandma is looking down on them with pride.
 


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