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Courtney Francis, 13, works on her project while (Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

Courtney Francis, 13, works on her project while learning the basics in sewing at the Saturday afternoon program offered at the Big H shopping center in Huntington Station, NY. (Sept. 24, 2011)

Huntington Station youth program is sew terrific

Given time, they might become future "Project Runway" contestants. But for now, the boys and girls in sewing classes at the nonprofit Tri-Community Youth Agency in Huntington Station are contending with the mechanics of threading machines. Sewtacular, a Saturday afternoon program offered at the Big H shopping center on New York Avenue, teaches children ages 7 to 15 the basics of sewing.

Courtney Francis, 13, works on her project while
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Courtney Francis, 13, works on her project while learning the basics in sewing at the Saturday afternoon program offered at the Big H shopping center in Huntington Station, NY. (Sept. 24, 2011)

Courtney Francis and Dwaysha Rains, both 13, works
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Courtney Francis and Dwaysha Rains, both 13, works together on their project while learning the basics in sewing. (Sept. 24, 2011)

Darit Rains, 10, makes pillow cases as part
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Darit Rains, 10, makes pillow cases as part of Sewtacular, a Saturday afternoon program offered in Huntington Station. (Sept. 24, 2011)

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Courtney Francis, 13, selects needles for her project.
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Courtney Francis, 13, selects needles for her project. (Sept. 24, 2011)

A sewing kit available to the children learning
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A sewing kit available to the children learning the basics in sewing at the Saturday afternoon program offered at the Big H shopping center in Huntington Station, NY. (Sept. 24, 2011)

Diana Cherryholmes and Liz Irwin teach young children
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Diana Cherryholmes and Liz Irwin teach young children how to sew during. (Sept. 28, 2011)

Diana Cherryholmes and Liz Irwin teach young children
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Diana Cherryholmes and Liz Irwin teach young children how to sew during a Saturday afternoon program offered at the Big H shopping Center in Huntington Station, NY. (Sept. 28, 2011)

Diana Cherryholmes teach young children how to sew
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Diana Cherryholmes teach young children how to sew during a Saturday afternoon program offered at the Big H shopping center in Huntington Station, NY. (Sept. 28, 2011)

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Diana Cherryholmes and Liz Irwin with a couple
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Diana Cherryholmes and Liz Irwin with a couple of children they teach to sew during a Saturday afternoon program offered at the Big H shopping center in Huntington Station, NY. (Sept. 28, 2011)

Diana Cherryholmes and Liz Irwin with a couple
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Diana Cherryholmes and Liz Irwin with a couple of children they teach to sew during a Saturday afternoon program offered at the Big H shopping center in Huntington Station, NY. (Sept. 28, 2011)

Diana Cherryholmes helps Darit Rains, 10, make pillow
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Diana Cherryholmes helps Darit Rains, 10, make pillow cases. (Sept. 24, 2011)

Darit Rains, 10, makes pillow cases. (Sept. 24,
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Darit Rains, 10, makes pillow cases. (Sept. 24, 2011)

Courtney Francis, 13, cuts a new pattern. (Sept.
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Courtney Francis, 13, cuts a new pattern. (Sept. 24, 2011)

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Darit Rains, 10, works on his sewing project.
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Darit Rains, 10, works on his sewing project. (Sept. 24, 2011)

Darit Rains, 10, gets help from Liz Irwin
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Darit Rains, 10, gets help from Liz Irwin with his pillow cases. (Sept. 24, 2011)

Darit Rains, 10, works on his project. (Sept.
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Darit Rains, 10, works on his project. (Sept. 24, 2011)

Courtney Francis, 13, right, gets help from Dwaysha
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Courtney Francis, 13, right, gets help from Dwaysha Rains, 13, with her project. (Sept. 24, 2011)

Courtney Francis, 13, right, gets help from Dwaysha
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Courtney Francis, 13, right, gets help from Dwaysha Rains, 13, with her project while learning the basics in sewing at the Saturday afternoon program offered at the Big H shopping center in Huntington Station, NY. (Sept. 24, 2011)

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