Starting a Sewing Business
When thinking about starting a sewing business you must take into
consideration many aspects, such as the location, advertising,
insurance, and legalities. How much are you going to charge? Are you
simply going to do hems or make custom clothes? Do you have the
ability to teach others, including young children, how to sew as a
way to increase your profits? These are just some questions you need
to ask yourself before starting a business.
Starting a sewing business legally
The first thing you have to determine in regards to starting a
business is the necessary licenses your city or state require you to
have in order to operate a business. You should also meet with a
lawyer and decide if you want the business to be incorporated, a
limited liability company, or a partnership since each of these
offers your business different types of protection. Say for example
someone sues you for ruining their wedding dress and the emotional
damage it’s caused them, which is more than what the insurance
covers, and they win. If your business has a legal status than the
client sues the business, not you, so while your business may
suffer, you won’t lose your savings, car, or other assets;
farfetched yes but you get the point.
If you are including teaching sewing classes include a waiver for
your students to sign with the enrollment application. Here is an
example of how
to create a waiver
, (this is a pdf document that you will need
Adobe Reader to read.)
Where to hold your sewing business
Now that the legalities, insurance, and licensing are all out of the
way, you can focus on the more important aspects such as the
decision to run your business out of your home or through a
storefront and what specific services you are going to sell to outdo
Starting a sewing business all depends on what you are offering and
the demand for it over other services. You may choose to sew wedding
gowns, pet apparel, do repairs, or not sew at all and just provide
packets on how to sew, ideas for patterns, and information on the
various types of stitches. Furthermore, you could elect to teach
classes, which is a great way to make extra money, to moms, kids, or
have parent and child sessions.
Sewing Supplies Needed
After making all of these many decisions, it is time for you to
purchase your equipment. You probably already own a machine but
depending on the number of students you'll be teaching you will want
one sewing machine
student. A typical class size in classes is 4-6 students. This gives
you as the teacher a better chance to teach and interact with your
Depending on the type of sewing you plan to do, some of the other
necessary supplies might include:
Here are more notions
Get ready for your sewing business to open
All of the important decisions are made and the only thing left to
know about starting a sewing business is the price at which you are
going to provide your services. To give customers the best price you
should do some research and find out what the competition charges
for various sewing services. It is also important to know how long
it takes the competition to complete a service. If you can offer
faster service or free delivery and pick up you may be able to
charge the same as the other guy and still remain competitive.
You should consider all of these factors when pondering how to start
a business but you should remember that this type of business
involves a lot of customer interaction which you have to be able to
handle. If you don’t have happy customers than you don’t have a
Tips for starting sewing classes
- Have students pick their own fabric for projects. They will
come to class with a needed yardage of fabric.
- Have theme units such as sewing
the home, sew gifts or sew
- Teach basic skills while you are sewing projects.
- You can use our Sewing
Curriculum to teach classes. They are designed for this
and I use it myself to teach summer classes.
- Include a schedule of what projects students will sew during
Selling your Sewn Items
If you are more interested in selling your sewn items than teaching
classes or opening a business there may be opportunities in your
area to do this.
Consider opening an etsy
and selling online, sell at local craft fairs or through
word of mouth in your community. This also works great for kids who
love to sew and want to earn money with the items they create.
Don't forget this option when starting a sewing business, you can
combine selling your own items with teaching as well.
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Our curriculum ebook has over 100 projects to teach kids (or
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Perfect for teaching!