IF YOU GAVE Helen Banks a needle and thread, you'd be advised to get out of her way.
She could make anything with those simple tools. Clothing, of course, including men's and women's suits, prom dresses to make a girl the belle of the ball, draperies, bedding, wedding dresses - you name it.
For a time, she designed and sewed bedding for the former Strawbridge & Clothier department store.
Helen Banks, who worked for a number of clothing manufacturers in the city - including Foster Brothers Men's Clothing, from which she retired - a devoted churchwoman and loving family matriarch, died Friday. She was 87 and lived in Cherry Hill.