Michale Swaine: “Reap What You Sew”

September 4, 2006 at 6:49 pm Leave a comment

On the 15th day of every month Michael Swaine can be found on the sidewalk near the Senator Hotel in the Tenderloin district. He’s usually perched behind his vintage sewing machine, stitching patches onto worn jacket linings, hemming trousers and repairing tears in ladies’ blouses — all for free.

Swaine, 34, a trained artist, calls it his “Reap What You Sew Generosity Project.” In 2002, Swaine turned an old-fashioned ice cream cart into a mobile sewing table. On a cast-iron, treadle-operated machine — last patented in 1911 — Swaine tends to the neighborhood’s rips and seams. Most of his customers live in the long-term hotels that line the streets. About one in 50 is a hipster who’s sought out his quirky services, said Swaine. But he’ll sew for anyone who asks, and occasionally provide fashion advice.

(read full article on SFGate)


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