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OCC Foundation Provides Funds for Commercial Sewing Machine

Sewing Machine PhotoCostumes are an essential element in any theatrical production. The Olney Central College Theatre is finding them easier to produce thanks to a new commercial sewing machine purchased with funds from the OCC Foundation.

“We are so thankful to the Foundation for all they have done, not just for the theatre, but the entire college,” said Director Jon Wright. “They have been very generous.”

Costumer Lori Kilpatrick said the program currently has three machines, but they weren’t designed to handle the various materials used in the theatre.

“The new machine will replace three that aren’t fully-functional,” Kilpatrick said. “Each of the machines we were using had something wrong with it. I often had to take items home with me. Now, I can sew here at the college instead of taking things to another location.”

Kilpatrick said the commercial machine affords a larger lever space, which will enable her to sew bigger pieces. It will also accommodate specialty fabrics like velvet and satin and thicker materials like denim or sequins that standard machines just can’t handle.

The new machine also includes various attachments for zippers and buttonholes. Kilpatrick said the machine was especially helpful in creating the intricate costumes needed for the spring production of “The Little Mermaid.”

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