Amanda King @kingamandap
Jordan Nuques’ business doesn’t sell products or creations but it does provide a major life skill, she said — sewing.
Since opening My Best Friend’s Sewing Room in 2016, Nuques has helped people from elementary school age to older adults learn how to hem, quilt and, most recently, create masks for protection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
After closing for seven weeks in the spring, she reopened the doors for sewing classes to find people even more eager to pick up the hobby. Classes are now smaller, and she is sanitizing sewing materials regularly to keep students safe.
Laura Housh of Augusta was looking for things to keep her occupied as places shut down and discovered the classes. After taking a Sewing 101 class, she enrolled in an Adult Mask Class on Saturday. She hopes to be able to make masks to give to family after learning how to make her own.
“It’s a skill that you can use your whole life, and there’s so many things you can do with it,” she said. “It’s a great project, and you can stay inside and be safe. You can order materials online, so I just think it’s a great hobby.”
Christine Burbank of Grovetown plans to make masks to benefit I Am My Brother’s Keeper, a local nonprofit that assists the homeless. For a donation to the organization, donors will receive one of the masks.
That isn’t the only group benefiting from My Best Friend’s Sewing Room — Nuques and her students often assist the Lakeside High School band with alterations to band uniforms.
Some students — adults and children — have taken the skills learned in classes to create their own Etsy shops to sell products they make at home.
While adult classes and parties are available, Nuques is especially passionate about teaching young students.
“I’m grateful for the parents when they recognize that this is a really valuable skill for their kids to learn,” she said. “They send them here and then I know that kid is going to be able to go out and mend a tear or hem a pair of pants or sew a button.”