Canyon Lake woman launches social media mask sewing group

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Sewing machines are gearing up all over Southern California to answer the call to make masks with Louise Nielsen’s guidance and encouragement. Anza Valley Outlook/Patricia Rivera photo
Louise Nielsen is on a mission. A mission of mercy, as she is determined to rally as many people to her cause as possible. Using social media, she is gathering talented seamstresses to cut and sew cloth masks to fit over existing N95 respirators. Though she lives in Canyon Lake, her work has inspired several Anza Valley women to contribute to the undertaking. “The masks are turning out really good,” Anza resident Patricia Rivera. “They look durable and not intimidating at all to sew. I hope they bring comfort to the patients and the staff. The pattern Louise posted is awesome and she even does lesson tutorials.” Both Neilsen and Rivera went through chemotherapy 10 years ago. Neilsen, a retired chef, relocated from the East Coast to California. [caption id="attachment
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