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The feathers were killers. Ellen Okolita is a former florist and a stay-at-home mom who sells handmade children’s costumes, and cuts “miles and miles” of felt feathers for her popular, whimsical outfits. There was no way around the process, and it limited the growth of her . During last year’s Halloween season, Okolita had to shut down her online shop, Tree + Vine, after booking as many orders as she could handle -- about $14,000 worth, at roughly $60 a pop. “I have long envisioned some sort of machine to help me cut feathers,” says Okolita, who is based in Gray, Maine. “But I realized that might not be superfeasible because I work from my living room and don’t have space for a machine.”

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Okolita’s work, cleared for takeoff.

And then came hope.

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