Sewing supplier sees unprecedented demand during pandemic

SEWING SUCCESS: Bob and Karen Roy are the owners of Blaine Sewing Machine Center in Cranston. The store, which sells and repairs sewing machines and carries fabrics and sewing supplies, has had a boost in sales because many people are dusting off old sewing machines and making masks. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
SEWING SUCCESS: Bob and Karen Roy are the owners of Blaine Sewing Machine Center in Cranston. The store, which sells and repairs sewing machines and carries fabrics and sewing supplies, has had a boost in sales because many people are dusting off old sewing machines and making masks. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
An army of home-based seamstresses and tailors turned 2020 into a very good year for sewing suppliers. Blaine Enterprises Inc., which operates the Blaine Sewing Machine Center in Cranston, for a period of time couldn’t keep enough solid fabric or elastic on hand to meet demand. The center carries five major brands of sewing machines,…

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