Portland is the kind of city that embraces movements—big and little shifts that enrich our lives and connect us to new skills, to the past or future, and most of all, to each other. The newest such movement seems to be sewing—people of all walks of life coming together with machines and threads and really sharp scissors. They come for different reasons—to be more self-sufficient, to express their creativity, or to embark on a new career—but more and more Portlanders are seeking out a place where they can explore the art and business of making clothes. And sewing studios are popping up around town to answer their call.
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