You can see all the specifics of this below, but the bottom line is. Both of the embroidery machines she uses for her business broke in the space of 3 days. One is completely unrepairable and the other needed a LOT of work.
The Good News: A new internet reality show TippingAngels.com , came in and fixed her main machine in time for her big show in March, got her a repair contract for next year and will start off this fundraiser with $200.
The Bad News: Her other machine is toast and she cannot support herself with one machine. She needs to replace her older model ASAP.
Dottie hates taking money from people, she's a proud lady who works her ass off.
We say this is different. She defines the words "scene business". She charges us about 40% less then she charges her regular customers. She doesn't charge to digitize your work?? She gives so much away or discounts so heavily for so many events it's silly... basically, she has been underwriting the cost of custom shirts in our world for the last 10+ years!
So, your donation will go 100% to buying her another used machine so she can continue to work her ass off and support her family. (If anything is left over it will be used to help other parts of her business... she can really use it!) Even if you don't want to help Dottie, help yourself and give some money so you still have a custom embroidery company in the scene ;)
If you can't donate right now, you can still help a lot by sharing this on social media!
Her daughter had surgery on her ankle & there were complications. So Dottie insisted she move home so she could take care of her. She is still having a lot of problems and can't work.
Her son and his girlfriend just had their second child 4 months ago and they live with her as well. So the house has been in crazy newborn mode. He works his butt off 7 days a week along with his girlfriend but that means Dottie is the caretaker of her 2 grandchildren every day.
And that’s while she maintains her own embroidery business in between the baby bottles and diapers.
So, there are 4 adults, a 4-year-old, a 4-month-old, 2 dogs and 2 cats all living in a tiny house in Pennsylvania. Living paycheck to paycheck
And THEN in the last few weeks
Her 4 yo Granddaughter had a very challenging oral surgery procedure, so that cost a fortune and I’m sure was terrifying for all
Then their vehicle that they all share had an accident
There was a terrible storm and they lost power for 3 days and during that time, they had no HEAT in the middle of winter. (Dottie was seen shoveling the snow of her elderly neighbors and of course her own.)
And just when things couldn't get more stressful, both her embroidery machines broke putting her completely out of business!
Oh, and they got the van fixed, with borrowed money aaaaaand it broke down again a week later... now she needs a new van. This month needs to end.
- Monika MacLean
- Nicholas Marsceill
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