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A couple from the Levant start a sewing and embroidery business based on nursing careers

LEVANT, Maine (WABI) – At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a nurse in Levant began sewing PPE for her healthcare colleagues. With the help of her husband, the idea took off.

Tracie Seymour, RN, started by sewing face masks and scrub caps.

“We’re both nurses, so I started making masks because at that time that was the only way to have masks,” Seymour said.

Tracie Seymour displays one of her popular fabrics featuring Rosie the Riveter as a nurse(WABI)

At first, she and her husband, Jason, just gave them away.

“I’m his number 1 non-paying customer,” Jason Seymour, RN, laughed. “I have about 50.”

Soon they were selling Tracie’s designs on Etsy as Sewing Seymour. They achieved over 1,800 sales, attracting the attention of buyers from as far away as Australia, Italy and Spain.

“I got a lot of positive reviews,” Tracie said. “People like the way they fit, they like the way they are sewn. So they have been quite popular.

Tested and used by the Seymours themselves in the field, the nursing gear is made to last and can be thrown in the wash.

Due to popular demand, they then started offering embroidery as well.

It added a whole new element to their business, Embroidery designs by Sewing Seymourand officially brought Jason on board.

“Once she got the embroidery machine, I started playing around with it, figuring out how fast you can run with what fabrics,” Jason said. “It’s been a learning curve for sure. Luckily I didn’t get stung. I’ve seen people sew their fingers up before, and I’m like, “Ouch!” »

Their offerings now include stockings, caps, t-shirts, plushies, and more. Although they charge these days, they keep their prices low – making just a few bucks for a cap.

But the one item they refuse to make a profit on is chemo hats for kids. They say they charge just enough to cover the cost of materials.

“You always want to think that everyone is going to have a good result, but you know not everyone is,” Tracie said. “So it’s a way for kids in the hospital to express themselves. We’ve had superheroes, we’ve had Disney princesses.

Each child’s chemo cap comes with a message of encouragement. Something, as nurses, they needed themselves from time to time.

Both through COVID-19 and the loss of a dear friend, the Seymours say this business has given them an outlet.

“I feel like I can create stuff. Somebody’s life is not in my hands, so to speak. If I screw up a hat, I throw it away. You can’t really screw up in a hospital setting,” said said Jason.

” I really appreciated [the fact] that now that we’ve been in the business for about a year and a half, we’ve become, not really big, but big enough that we can start giving back,” Tracie said.

The Seymours now work with a number of local businesses and have participated in community fundraisers. One day, with this support behind them, Tracie hopes their side business can become a full-time job until retirement.

If you want to see more of their work, you can visit them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewingseymour.

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