Austin Fiber Artists


AFA runs clothing repair clinic, partners Fix-it Austin, Financial Fitness Austin


It’s great when our fiber arts skills can really help our community. We succeeded in using our talents and materials at a clothing fix-it clinic at Ruiz Library and had fun doing it. Fix-it clinics are occurring around the country, motivated by the need to reduce land-fill waste. The City of Austin’s fix-it program is now partnering with organizations to hold these clinics, and the Austin Fiber Artists was the very first one to do so! See austintexas.gov/fixitclinic for more details about them.
Not only that, but we partnered with Financial Fitness Greater Austin because fixing things instead of throwing them away is a money saving activity. Financial Fitness Greater Austin occurs at the end of April every year, raising awareness of the importance of managing your money effectively.
For our clothing fix-it clinic, we reserved a room at the Ruiz library and signed up AFA members and fix-it community members to do the work. Attendees signed up for a time-slot so we would know the traffic flow and be prepared. Fixers brought their favorite supplies; there were several sewing machines in use through the afternoon. Additionally, buttons, thread, zippers, yarns, and more were contributed from people’s stashes.
We had 9 customers over the two-hour clinic and were able to fix everything they brought in. There were several zipper problems, hemming, holes and patching. Someone’s satchel seams needed restitched and a down comforter’s tear was repaired. Several sweaters had holes that were closed or reknitted. The most interesting item was a guatamalan woven shirt that had construction problems; we resewed the seams to straighten them.
It was a pleasant afternoon and we met nice people. Marie met up with an old friend she hadn’t seen in a while. Thanks to our members Diane, Naomi, and Marie for attending. I hope to see the other fixers at a meeting some time soon.