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From: kameline
Date: 07-08-2006, 12:01 PM (1 of 6)
I recently heard of someone who made money sewing for interior designers... I assume things like drapes, pillows, ets. Has anyone else ever done this? Do you have any ideas on how to get started?
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User: kameline
Member since: 03-09-2006
Total posts: 41
From: kameline
Date: 07-08-2006, 12:31 PM (2 of 6)
also, I'd be interested in any ideas for working for other people/ slash businesses sewing at home.
Do all to the glory of God!
User: kameline
Member since: 03-09-2006
Total posts: 41
From: MaryW
Date: 08-23-2006, 10:18 AM (3 of 6)
I worked for a retail outlet sewing children's clothing for a few years. Sewed from home. It was a great way to learn about finishing techniques, speed sewing and deadlines! The money was terrible :bluesad: but I gained a lot of experience.
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Member since: 06-23-2005
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 08-23-2006, 07:05 PM (4 of 6)
I have a friend who has a business .. _____ Window Treatments is the name of it.. I won't print her whole business name here without her permission, of course.. She has several employees, and she sews for general public and also does all the decorative items for the designer homes here each year... When we have a sale for a fund raiser, she always brings beautiful decorator pillows for her contribution.. They always bring a premium auction price.. Her business is a profitable one, I know.. :bg: :smile: :bg:
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
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From: sewingcybermom
Date: 09-27-2006, 12:10 AM (5 of 6)
I sew for an interior designer. I don't know how to find a designer, because she found me! I don't advertise, and my business is designing and making skating, dance and theatre apparel. She actually found me in church one Sunday...someone told her I sew. She draws up what she wants, orders the fabrics, has them delivered to my house. I just sew. No measuring, nothing. Straight from her drawings, I get paid (and very well at that) at pick's a sweet deal!
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User: sewingcybermom
Member since: 01-18-2006
Total posts: 58
From: Bekka
Date: 10-07-2006, 08:51 AM (6 of 6)
If there is an Industrial sewing maching dealer/shop/whatever anywhere near you, call and talk with them. Designers will call these places to see if they know any local or nearby sew houses. They normally have someone inhouse who is a consultant. They are worth their weight in gold, I had a lady come to me and wanted a pair of shorts designed and finished. She only wanted 3 pair. My consultant helped me price them. $145.00 per pair. The money is there! You just have to be strong and know where you fit in. " But the bigger houses will only charge 3.00 per pair." Yes that is true, but only if you are giving them 1000 yards of material per color, per style, per size! And then your name goes into a hat and if they get to you that month great if not you wait and can't guarantee a delivery time on your end. Only the ones that truely value your skill stick around and those are the ones that you want anyway otherwise you have a tendacy to under price yourself and THAT does get around and you have lots of clients but are taken advantage of and really don't make any money then.
My consultant is the same man I bought all my machines from. I didn't advertise either and since he knew what machines I had, he knew who to send and when he needed to call me first. There are 2 huge sew houses about 60 miles away and I still didn't lack for work. Mostly because I worked with the salesman samples (50 per color, per style, per size ) and smaller quantity than the big guys wanted to mess with. Hope this helps.
User: Bekka
Member since: 07-28-2006
Total posts: 79
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