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Mara Young: Sewing as healing and creative art

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on February 15, 2011

Mara Young of Sew 'N Go

Being a seamstress makes sense to Mara Young, who’s been sewing since she was 13. “I enjoy fixing things,” she says.”Some people like tearing things down, I like making things, Sewing is a kind of healing art as well as a creative art.”

Two years ago, she opened Sew ‘N Go on El Camino in Menlo Park, a sliver of a shop that’s cluttered with all things sewing, including vintage machines. Her clients come to her for a variety of tasks, from hemming a pair of pants to designing a wedding dress.

“I enjoy the process of making something unique,” she says. “Sewing in itself can be quite tedious, but the process of putting together the final product is what makes it enjoyable.”

Occasionally she needs to turn down business, like the time a woman came to her with a vintage dress that she wanted to make larger. “It would have ruined the integrity of the garment, I just couldn’t do it,” she says.

For Menlo Park and Atherton residents, Mara offers free home service. She’ll spend time inventorying a wardrobe, making adjustments, and delivering the finished garments back to the client. She’s also starting sewing classes, with a focus on reconstructing garments.

“I was international flight attendant for 27 years – for Pan Am and United and enjoyed it,” she says. But I was always sewing. It’s been a constant throughout my life.”

Sew ‘N  Go is located at 1458 El Camino; because Mara is in and out of the shop, it’s best to call first: (650) 393-0322.

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