Single mum puts sewing skills to good use


  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 12 May 2020

The Hari Raya clothes that Mahani managed to finish sewing at her home in Bayan Baru. — Bernama

A LOSS of RM18,000 after turning down orders to sew around 300 Hari Raya clothes did not break the spirit of single mother Mahani Udit, who began to seek other opportunities to earn an income.

Mahani, 30, used her sewing skill to stitch pieces of waste fabric to make face masks on a small scale from her house.

Before this she was forced to refuse orders to make baju Melayu and baju kurung as well as to return the RM18,000 deposit that she earlier received.

This is because her tailoring shop at Kompleks Bukit Jambul in Penang could not operate during the movement control order (MCO) while her workers were given leave.

“When the government announced the MCO, I could accept only 100 orders of clothes which I worked on from home, and had to return the deposits totalling RM18,000 to the rest of my customers, ” she said at her residence in Bukit Jambul Court.

According to her, since the implementation of the MCO on March 18, she received orders for 3,000 units of face masks which were sold online at RM5 a piece.

“Thankfully, the response has been very encouraging.

“To some extent, it can cover my monthly income. I use a runner or postal service to send completed orders, ” said Mahani, who has five years of sewing experience under her belt.

The mother of three said besides sewing face masks, she also made clothes from pieces of fabric that were sold for RM15 to RM25 each, including via social media.

Asked how she obtained her equipment and stitching materials such as threads, beads and buttons during the MCO period, Mahani said it was not a big issue as her stock was still sufficient and she could also order them online.

Meanwhile, her steadfastness in improving her family’s living standards was evident when she also revealed that she wanted to pursue her studies through distance learning for a Diploma in Management at Universiti Sains Malaysia.

“For me, it is not too late to continue my education despite being a single mother since 10 years ago.

“I hope the current situation will improve and economic activities can continue like normal, as many are being impacted, ” she said. — Bernama

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