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Arizona Daily Star: Sewing Factory Works to Grow Economy and Careers

Aug 11, 2022

Article by Carmen Duarte, Reporter at Arizona Daily Star

The whirring of sewing machines fills Sonoran Stitch Factory — a cut and sew manufacturer of women’s apparel and industrial sewn products for the health care industry, university and college dormitories, hotels, resorts and cruise ships — on Tucson’s north side.

Some workers sew medical hijabs for Muslim women in the medical field. The hijabs have slits over the ears for a stethoscope and also for a face mask. Others sew trail gaiters for runners and hikers to keep dirt and rocks out of their shoes.

And some sewers make shower curtains. Orders include pillow and mattress covers made out of vinyl and other commercial fabrics. Orders for items can go up to several thousand a month.

Erica Yngve is the entrepreneur behind the 25,000-square-foot facility at 625 W. Rillito St. — within the San Ignacio community of the Old Pascua Yaqui Village, near West Grant and North Oracle roads...

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