TRENTON – With the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommending that all citizens wear face masks when browsing in public to help curb the spread of COVID-19, Mercer Community Community College (MCCC) Fashion Merchandising and Design students and faculties will launch a virtual “Sewing -a-Thon “to help meet local needs.

“This is the right time to unite and do what we do best – sewing,” said Katina Lindsay, MCCC Merchandising and Design program coordinator. “So we thought: Why not do something as a school, and as a community? Why not do something that is community driven? “

The MCCC Fashion Merchandising and Design program, headquartered on the James Kerney campus in Trenton, is equipped with sophisticated design and sewing laboratories that prepare graduates for entry into the fashion industry or for transfer to a four-year degree. program. With so much creative energy, said Lindsay, students are eager to return to their sewing machines and in this case, make a difference.

“I have been calling Zoom with students all week, and many of them are eager to sew,” Lindsay said. “In our community we have many craftsmen, fashion students, theater students, many people with sewing machines. We are all together, so let’s do something together. “

Lindsay, along with students and teaching staff from the MCCC Fashion program, will host virtual sewing every Saturday in April from noon to 3 pm, and invite “anyone with a sewing machine” in the community to join. Participants can register at to receive Zoom login information. He noted that Jo-Ann’s Fabric and Craft Shop provides facemask kits, free of charge, and instructional videos on his website on how to make them.

So far Lindsay has made around 100 masks herself, which she shares with the whole community. He said that he was in the process of reaching out to community organizations throughout the region to determine where masks were needed, and would direct the goods produced from sewing to these organizations.

For anyone with a passion for sewing, there is no better way to serve the people in this crisis, he said.

“Let’s all gather, and sew together,” Lindsay said. “Working together working.”

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Katina Lindsay, coordinator of the Fashion Merchandising and Design program at Mercer County Community College, traced the pattern as she prepared to sew a protective face mask. Lindsay, along with faculty and fashion program students, will host virtual tailoring throughout the community to produce masks for the community.


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