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    Fast, Versatile Face Mask

    I received a request from reader Laura, asking about masks that can be mass-produced. This got me thinking about the air-pollution masks that my co-workers made out of copy-paper when I worked in Asia. They were simple origami, held together…

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    The Great Elastic Shortage of 2020

    Most people will remember 2020 as the “Year of the Toilet Paper Shortage”. Will sewists remember 2020 as the “Year of the Elastic Shortage”? Although I’m very much on top of the Covid-19 news because I read the Wall Street…

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    Corona Virus: Home-made Masks

    3/28/2020 Update: How fast things change! Two weeks ago people said masks were silly (the mayor of NYC also said it was fine to take the subway and go to Lunar New Year festivals…..). Not anymore! https://nypost.com/2020/03/28/experts-say-face-masks-can-help-slow-covid ……………………………………………………….. 3/26/2020 Update:…