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The store front has closed

but we're still here for you!

  

Due to the announcement from the Governor of Illinois to close all non-essential business in the state, we closed the Roberts Sewing Center store front on Saturday, March 21st at 5 PM for the safety of our employees, customers and community.  At this time, the "shelter at home" order runs through April 7th.

While the store front is closed, we'll continue to be here for you the best we can:
  • During this closure, you may continue to shop online through our website. We will be visiting the store periodically and will complete order processing, getting product shipped out right away sew you can continue those fun and creative projects.  If you don't see something listed on the website, send us an email and we can add it or take your order over the phone.  Your support here is appreciated.
  • With the store front closed we will not be receiving phone calls at the store, however the management team will be monitoring emails and can answer any questions that may arise.  The management team can be reached at help@robertssewingcenter.com.  If you prefer a phone call, now problem.  Just give us your phone number and we'll reach out directly.
  • Do you need maintenance or repair services?  Our service center is scheduling appointments!  Just complete the Service Contact and Appointment Form and we'll put you on the schedule so you can get back up and running ASAP!

Thank you to those customers who have reached out and let us know they feel we are essential. We truly appreciate it!

Did someone say face masks!


Several customers have contacted us in regards to making face masks and we want you to know that when we first saw this on the news, we thought it was a great idea too (though questioned the actual protection it would provide).  We immediately contacted local healthcare facilities and were told they were not in need.  This past week, the need changed due to shortages of proper PPE.  

So...this is a call for help to all of our current and future customers to make masks!  Once you are complete, please drop them into the bin at the front of the store while you're out getting essentials.  We will be emptying the bin daily.

Elastic is in very short supply, so we have provided some alternate options below.  There are also many patterns on social media and any can be used. 


Fashionable Hairband Face Masks (by Jeana and Nora) 

1. One Fat Quarter (18" x 22") piece of cotton fabric; cut in half. You should now have two pieces of fabric (each 18" x 11"). Set one piece of fabric aside along with one hairband for the second Face Mask.
2. Place right sides of fabric together and using a 1/4" seam, sew all the way around leaving a least two or three inches of un-sewn seam. Turn fabric right side out and press un-sewn seam edges to inside. Topstitch around the entire piece of fabric. 

3. Take large hairband and lay it along the 8 1/2" side of fabric, fold fabric over the hairband; just enough to create casing and room for stitching down. Leave hairband in place (it should now be sewn to one side of the face mask). Take same hairband and place it along the parallel side of the fabric. Create another casing and sew all the way down.

4. Pull the hairband out of both ends of the mask (stretching it as much as possible) and the fabric will cinch up. 

5. Put the fabric mask on your forehead and pull hairbands over your head. Bring fabric down to your neck and then position over mouth and nose. Arranging hairbands; one on back of neck below ears and other comfortably on back of head above ears.

We like this design because it keeps the bands off your ears and has little to no chance of falling off.  If you would like to purchase a kit, you can do so by clicking here.  


The second option for a face mask uses ties made from cotton. So, in case you don't have elastic or hairbands, here is another video for you to view which gives directions for using the cotton ties.     


It is very important for everyone to know that these masks are in no way NIOSH, OSHA or FDA approved.  The level of protection they provide has not been determined.  CNET has published an article on homemade face masks that may be referenced by clicking here for further information.     



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