Machines in the bag
THE Boomerang Bags Stanthorpe group has recently added two industrial sewing machines and two industrial overlockers to their sewing centre at The Summit.
This was made possible by Grants to Community Funding from the Southern Downs Regional Council.
The purchase of industrial machines allow the group to work more efficiently and they cope with heavy duty materials such as feedlot bags (which cannot be recycled), curtains, denim and even coffee sacks.
There are still regular household machines to use, but many of the regular volunteers have leant the skills and are now comfortable working on the industrial machines.
The group turns rescued materials into reusable bags and since starting in June 2016 have made more than 5000 bags.
Participants can help with sewing no matter their experience.
Beginners will be taught skills and there are non-sewing tasks, too.
The group even has at-home helpers who make bags in their own time.
Contact the group co-ordinator Brooke Summerville to find out more about the project.