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URGENT: Sew face masks and hospital gowns for Rochester General

URGENT:  Hickey Freeman is looking for locals who can sew! Your help is needed NOW. 

URGENT: Local maker friends who can sew, our help is greatly needed NOW. Hickey Freeman, the men's clothing manufacturer, is rushing to make air-filtering face masks for Rochester General Hospital, but the company's factory is closed down to due the pandemic and they don't want to call workers back in and potentially expose them to the virus.

So, Hickey Freeman is asking members of the public to help sew the masks if they have a sewing machine at home. They will provide the materials needed and have created a video tutorial to help. I believe they will deliver the materials to you, I am waiting to hear back about this. Email, asap,if you can help.

RGH told Diduch they go through tens of thousands of masks PER DAY and they have to be thrown out after one use. You can see how quickly that supply can be depleted."We're just trying to figure this out and make this work as we go," said vice president of technical design, Jeffery Diduch, told me this morning. "They only had two days of masks, so we're trying to move very, very quickly."

I'll post more details as I learn more. Lets do all the good we can, friends

Sew From Home

Jeffery Measures Surgical Mask

Got a sewing machine? Got a serger? We need your to help fight the virus! We just left a meeting with Rochester General Hospital about making our front line doctors and nurses face masks and hospital gowns. We can’t reopen the Hickey Freeman factory for safety reasons so we need home sewers – you!

We’re in the process of sourcing raw materials, drafting contracts, and putting together our game plan. I’ve established this website to serve as our hub where patterns and video instructions will be posted.

Please send your email address, name, phone number, and home address to and I will give more information as I get it.

This is a quickly expanding into a national effort coordinated out of Rochester, NY.


Thank You!