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From: Sew-Enchanting
Date: 12-28-2005, 11:19 AM (1 of 7)
I was just tickled to find such a often-used set of sewing forums! Too often, what you find online is just a few people here and there - this is terrific!

I am in the process of setting up a sewing business. In fact, I'm going to get all the paperwork tomorrow. My plan is special occasion/bridal because it's what I love to sew the most. I also have plans for accessories and crafts down the line.

I'm lucky to live in an area that doesn't have many dressmakers - or really that many people willing to do alterations. I was really interested to see a few posts on alterations and an "average" charge that someone posted (I'm sorry - I don't remember who) from another website. I think we all have issues with underpricing our wares - I would never have dreamed of charging $90 to hem a wedding dress! :bg:

I'm having problems finding wholesalers on the web - they just don't seem to advertise, and most of the time they don't even show up in Google searches! I'm not talking material/fabric - I have a wholesaler for that. I mean laces and bridal appliques. Any suggestions?

As a tip - I've found that ebay can be a godsend for getting large amounts of suitable laces for a very reasonable price. My problem is that I don't want to put a lot of money out front until I know what my customers will want!

I just wanted to pop in to introduce myself and meet some of you. Thanks for all the great ideas!

User: Sew-Enchanting
Member since: 12-28-2005
Total posts: 53
From: esrun3
Date: 12-28-2005, 11:59 AM (2 of 7)
Welcome to the boards, Kris! I sew and quilt for my family so have no answers for you but I know there are several here who run or have run their own business. I'm sure they'll be along soon with answers for you. Wanted to welcome you though.
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: Melanie T
Date: 12-29-2005, 10:02 AM (3 of 7)
Have you seen this site yet for laces and trims?

I find them very reasonably priced. Order their catalog though, I find the website is difficult to navigate.
4 little sewing machine mechanics (6, 4, 2, Born June 14)
Ontario Canada
User: Melanie T
Member since: 09-21-2004
Total posts: 155
From: Sew-Enchanting
Date: 12-29-2005, 10:40 PM (4 of 7)
Thanks for the welcome and the website! I hadn't found them yet - so I appreicate the additional help!

Off to play with my new embroidery machine... :)
User: Sew-Enchanting
Member since: 12-28-2005
Total posts: 53
From: Sewspecial
Date: 12-30-2005, 06:56 AM (5 of 7)
Nice of you to join us Sew-Enchanting. This is a great forum.

I too specialize in Special Occassion clothing. Most Fabric/Lace companies have websites. On the sites there is usually a page that will list the local representative, with his/hers name and number. In Massachusetts, there is a Textile show that happens twice a year, Most of the Manufacturers reps are there showing the new, and not so new styles for the season

The following link may help

Good Luck
Marie, SewSpecial Company
User: Sewspecial
Member since: 09-24-2004
Total posts: 30
From: MaryW
Date: 01-04-2006, 09:13 AM (6 of 7)
Welcome to Sew Whats New. :smile: I want you to feel at home here. What do you have planned for 2006?
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: Sew-Enchanting
Date: 01-05-2006, 07:41 PM (7 of 7)
Thanks for the welcomes!

I've been working on tax papers the last few days...sure makes me wish I could ignore that part and just sew...'course, Uncle Sam gets his part, I just hate the paperwork. :)

I'm catering towards bridal parties and am working on the "whole experience" - not just the dress. The garter, veil, ringbearer's pillow, cover for the guestbook, card holder, etc.

I also do crafts from ready-to-wear dresses. All those old bridesmaids dresses sitting in the closet...I make into doll dresses to return as a gift to the bride. Also, christening gowns from wedding dresses. In addition to all the other start-up stuff, I'm getting a web page together.

Nothing like a little work in my spare time, eh?

My sister (who also owns a sewing business) and I might go to a textile show in Vegas in March. Has anyone ever been to one? Just curious what to expect.


User: Sew-Enchanting
Member since: 12-28-2005
Total posts: 53
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