About Sew Kind

Sew Kind is a non-profit organization that looks to solve problems and address local, national and worldwide needs through the art and engineering of sewing.

When people think of engineering, they tend to think of bridges and roadways, high-end automobiles and smartphones, but the reality is that the ancient art of sewing is a form of engineering at the most basic level that can help fulfill the most basic, fundamental, human needs.

Sew Kind looks to identify the most pressing problems in our world and in our communities and find the most efficient ways to help alleviate them and, in some cases, solve them in a three-dimensional way–with needle and thread.

This can only be accomplished through a collective team effort—through collaboration and education in our communities—with the awareness and connection to the human need, combined with clever design, skillful hands, hard work and–of course— kindness.

About its Founder

Sew Kind is the invention of Gabriella Rado, a teenager from New York’s Hudson Valley, who got the itch to sew when she was just 4 years old.  Santa brought her a sewing machine one Christmas and when her Mom (who could barely sew on a button herself) searched for a local sewing school, she was told that her daughter was too young to take lessons….so they waited.   The day Gabriella turned eight- years- old, her mother enrolled her at a local sewing machine shop where she took lessons and attended summer sewing camp.  By divine intervention and a chance meeting, she also met Debbie Fela, a local artist and heirloom sewer, who began mentoring her. 

As Gabriella approached her teens and began to explore a career in engineering, her sewing skill grew, and it became obvious that she wasn’t really interested in sewing clothing as many other girls typically were.

Gabriella wanted to sew things that would change the world– and when the COVID 19 pandemic struck in March 2019, Gabriella had her chance.  

With the help of Debbie Fela, (who also once dreamed of being an engineer) she developed a pattern that mimicked the, then, highly sought-after and impossible-to-find N-95 mask.  Gabriella, through the help of local donations of fabric and elastic and a mailbox drop-off system, turned her family’s dining room into a mask “war room” and churned out thousands of masks for local healthcare workers, seniors, frontline workers, the medically compromised, people with disabilities and for those who were unemployed.   She also appealed to other sewers in her community to join the effort and do the same.