Volunteer Profile: Meet Sewing extraordinaire Liz Wade
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Volunteer Profile: Meet Sewing extraordinaire Liz Wade

Volunteer Profile: Meet Sewing extraordinaire Liz Wade

Volunteer repairer Liz Wade sits at the sewing table at Repair Cafe with her three-year-old daughter Ada by her side.

She is repairing the hem of a dress when she shares her story for this volunteer profile.

How did you learn to sew?

“I always did crafty things as a small child. I loved embroidery. This is how I learnt to darn as a child,” LIz says while pulling out a child’s darning kit from her sewing box.

“I still have them in my sewing box. It was a toy crafty thing darning and sewing on buttons. I guess my mum showed me how to do it, but my dad probably did too actually because my dad always darned his own socks.”

Liz pulls out another old treasure for her sewing box that captures the curiosity of her daughter Ada.


“This might have been the very first embroidery I ever did. I used to do that kind of thing all the time to practice my needle skills.

“More recently I have done a little bit of sewing for dance costumes for concerts. I have always had lists of things I would like to make. Having small children it would be lovely to make their clothes but by the time you finish it they would have grown out of it. I don’t know how people used to do it, because that is how it would have been. 

“My daughter Ada helps me fix all kinds of things at home. We fix a lot of books at home, with a three year old and a toddler. Ada helps me with the screw driver sometimes, putting things together.”

Why did you decide to help at the Repair Cafe?

“I really believe in fixing things and not throwing them away,” she says.

“Not everyone knows how to do it so it is nice to be able to help people fix their things and save that item for further use rather than send it to landfill. There is enough stuff in landfill.”


You can visit the next Repair Cafe Ballarat on September 28 from 1pm to 4pm at the Ballarat Tech School to meet volunteers like Liz and help have your item repaired.

1 Comment
  • Mend It, Australia
    Posted at 02:44h, 14 November Reply

    It’s a pleasure to know you and from time to time volunteer with you, Liz. Keep on mending! Karen+Danny Ellis at Mend It, Australia.

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