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Fabric Ties Survive Sterilization

Here's an update on how masks are surviving the sanitization / sterilization process in hospitals.

One of the hospitals we donated 400 masks to gave us an update about how they fared through the sanitization / sterilization process. They received many different styles of donations from the community. We only sent them masks with cotton fabric ties, and they survived the sterilization process. Other masks that used elastics, ribbon and shoelaces were unfortunately destroyed by the process.

We were relieved to hear that our masks are functioning as intended, though very sad to hear that other efforts to help weren't able to be used.

It's a good reminder that, though the ties take longer to make, they are truly what is needed for the most urgent settings. Quality matters the most with what we're doing.

Our new blog

In the next few days, we'll be rolling out some blog posts here about our quality control processes so you know how to troubleshoot your masks at home. We will also be featuring some tips and tricks to help speed up the mask making process. Thank you all for doing what you do. And as always, #justkeepsewing.

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We have created this website to pool resources and give guidance to people in Maine to sew masks for use in healthcare settings. To be clear, these masks do not protect from COVID-19, and are not considered valid PPE. We are responding to direct requests from healthcare facilities in Maine following the amended "last resort" guidance from the federal CDC.