How to start your sewing business
If sewing is a natural talent or skill and you find it easy to adapt to any sewing technique,
then you should seriously consider starting to make money from your sewing.
The first step is to contemplate on what type of sewing you feel comfortable with and enjoy most, but there are
basically two most common sewing business to choose from.
Custom sewing, which is primarily done by a custom clothier or custom dressmaker and the business is to sew
garments or clothes for individual clients.
This is the more hands-on approach to sewing.
The other one is custom designing, where a designer simply creates the designs and sews them, rather than just
sewing from patterns.
A custom designer may have wider market as designs can be sold to stores and boutiques, depending on sales
agreements between the designer and the store management.
The next step is establish or pick a field of specialization, ranging from formal wear, children's clothing,
men's wear, dance wear, costumes, choir robes, women's wear, high couture clothing, intimate apparel, plus-sized
clothing, sewing for handicapped individuals, etc.
Here are some common high-income sewing projects you can consider.
Sewing for weddings is a high-profile business portfolio and the bridal business is, indeed, big business.
Many dressmakers and seamstresses earn good money making wedding gowns and accessories.
Another big earner is sewing for the home, since home decor, furnishings and accents have provided a big market
for the home sewing business.
This specialty includes sewing custom window treatments like draperies and curtains, slipcovers, specially-made
pillows, shower curtains, bed covers, table sheets and other bedding materials and linens.
Another income earner is sewing crafts like shoulder bags, stuffed toys, floor and table mats, etc.
Doing alterations is also one of the top-ranking sewing businesses, from sewing a seam to replacing a
Alterations is a profitable business, since many people have something in their closet that needs repair but
have no idea how to do it themselves.
Finally, in choosing your field, take time to determine the area of expertise that you are most comfortable with
and has the biggest market share.
A word of caution, though, don't get too carried away and avoid spreading your business too thin by taking on
many different tasks that you may not be able to deliver.
To succeed in this business, you must have the sewing expertise for the chosen field.
It should be combined with adequate knowledge, careful preparation and determination.
Your sewing skills must be excellent, if not the best when it comes to quality and integrity, that will be your
trademark for success.