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After Being Laid Off 3 Times, Woman Teaches Herself to Sew and Starts a Booming Bow Tie Business

Nisha Blackwell was putting herself through nursing school when she was laid off for the third time. Adding insult to injury, she was set to attend the first birthday party of a close friend's daughter just a few days later. Now, she wouldn't have enough money to buy a gift.

"That's when I looked around and I said, 'What do I have?' I had a sewing machine still in a box, still sealed," she said. "And I had this bag of thrifted clothes." Nisha had fabric and a sewing machine, but she didn't actually know how to sew. So she took to YouTube, and video by video, taught herself.

Photo Credit: Héctor J. Rivas

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