Bleacher's Advice

Sewing Business Advice For New Sewers

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  1. Tashi T

    Thank you so much for this video!! I’ve also been in business for a year now! I definitely understand everything you mentioned! please go over pricing, would really appreciate it?

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  2. Alexia Brown

    Thank you sooooo much for sharing this information. I’ve been sewing for years and basically self taught after taking one class in the beginning. I definitely under priced myself and like you said it’s hard increasing the price to close to your worth. How do you suggest we move from too cheap to higher prices for the quality we’re giving? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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  3. kaykaboopsmarie z

    this video is Gold!! thank you!

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  4. Fallon Colbert

    I love your channel. you have helped me install zippers, make high low skirts and now this! You mentioned things that I already knew and things that I didn’t so I thoroughly enjoyed this video and I am about to binge on several more. Thank you for taking the time to create these videos. They really do help. Congrats on a successful year of business! I always gain something from your videos!! Love the sewing room, I’m totally putting two dressers together to create my table!!! Stay beautiful and keep informing us!!!

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  5. Regina Taylor

    I love, love, love your videos

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  6. Phyllis Chambliss

    Thank you for sharing, yes i been sewing for a long time i know how to say no.

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  7. Suzanne Santana

    YES! Keep it real!

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  8. Tut Secret

    how much I charge for a simple skirt up to the ankle with ruffle on the edge, my neighbor asked me to make it and it would be my first time to make a skirt

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  9. TheKeiToLife Vlogs

    I totally agree. You have to evolve to succeed because trends come and go but you need to be authentic, do something different to make you stand out. Ankara fabric ain’t cheap either!

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  10. Angela Vitale

    hi I just subscribed to ur videos I have a question I’m not sure of. I have been wanting to sew thing and sell them for years but I’m afraid of being compliant. I don’t understand that at all. I don’t no what I’m aloud to sell. but then I’m also confused and fighting with myself about doing custom orders I really don’t want to do that but my dad already started me in custom orders.

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  11. Maureen Munyi

    This information just helped me from making a lifetime mistake. I am talented in doing a lot of things and among those things is designing and hand sewing. And i have been doing a great job at it, so much so others want me to make clothes for them and there has been such a pressure for me go into the sewing business which i highly respect but isn’t where i want to be. When i say this people think I’m crazy but if i do go into this then i become one of the people who undercut others who are way better. God gave me this awesome ability because it was meant to help me and my siblings out because we love dressing up but we can’t at the moment be able to go buy some of the amazingly designed clothes and i also because I am very particular. So instead of buying what i get i make what i want and need. Great advice. Thank you very much

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  12. Chefiatou Falana

    Thank you.

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  13. Chefiatou Falana

    I am glad I clicked on this video. God bless you

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  14. ImSoFari Fari

    I would to see a video about pricing. I have that same issue.

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  15. Brenda Mitchell

    I absolutely luv your videos…. My issue is with pattern alterations. Do you have any instructional videos on that subject?

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  16. Eliana Hebrew

    I am not trying to start a sewing business but I would like to learn how to sew professionally for my family. What are the basics I should learn.

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  17. Jovee1982

    I love this video (new sewer here) I’ve been designing clothes (just for fun) for more then 10 years. I finally decided to dedicate myself to something I love. This video was very informative.

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  18. J C

    What is the best way to build your skill set?

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  19. Ami Lisa

    very pretty u r

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  20. Ronanda Cumby

    Thank you very much. I have learned how to make a box pleaded skirt. you are so bless and amazing. Thank you for all you do.

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  21. bolajoko otukoya

    Hi, very informative. Pls can you do a video on pricing.

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  22. Viktoriya Yordanova

    Hi. Your advice is very sound. I’m in the sewing/alteration business as well and constantly evolving my skills. Especially important in the alteration part. I’ve learned to pattern draft and I’m self-taught sewer too. Education and practice is the basis to staying in business like you say. So well done for getting this video together and sharing it with others.

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  23. Melinda Fonrose

    Thank you for this video! Loved it!!!

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  24. Marsha Callahan

    I’m just starting and I so thank you for being raw and real. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

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  25. LadyNik Brisard

    I really liked your honest feedback.  In addition to sharing my own personal perspective this year, I will be sharing this video in our online small business community.

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  26. E'Lesha Toomer

    I want to know more about pricing!!

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  27. egallowaymusic

    You are fabulous, thank you!

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  28. Monica Scoggins

    I appreciate this video. I started sewing 3 years ago and I consider myself an advanced beginner. My family and friends compliment how wonderful my garments look, my mom tells me I need to start a business. I explained that I really don’t want to be a sew for hire or start a sweat shop out of my home! It’s hard enough squeezing in 2 to 3 hours after working my 9 to 5/ lol I don’t knock those who choose to do that but I knew when I started sewing early on that I didn’t want to venture in that aspect of sewing. It’s purely a hobby for me that I passionately enjoy. And plus I don’t want that kind of wear and tear on my machine mass producing for others. I invested a lot of money and time in my sewing from buying books, online tutorials etc. I personally feel it won’t be fun for me anymore if I started to sew for hire. I think as I continue to progress I would want to design patterns. Thank you for sharing your insight.

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  29. Teelet Lloyd

    Thanks for all you advice omg I have made all the mistakes you talked about and I totally quite but this is my passion thanks so much

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  30. ButtaFliLuvDaNTRU1

    I totally agree with you. I’ve found in my experience that beginners mislead clientele with their faux expectations and confidence. The expected time, pricing and quality of products is unrealistic to people who don’t have a sufficient skill set. I graduate from school in another year but I’ve been sewing my own designs for over 10 years. I don’t sew for anybody yet but I own my own business which is legal but I’ve been moving slowly with it. Anyway the point is that I agree that beginners that jump straight into the sewing business with limited sewing skills make it harder for us that have the skills but have not gotten started. Customers think they know a lot about clothes and fashion because a lot of uneducated sewers claim they are designers and they have knowledge about garments and sewing that they don’t actually have. My point in my rambling is if your a beginner and you really want to grow a sewing business taking a year to learn a proper skill set is a great idea. How you learn is up to you. Be it school, self taught or apprenticeship definitely get the skills first and have resources available outside of youtube videos. The same books that are used in college sewing courses you can buy those books used on amazon for $20 or $30 so there really are no excuses for beginners to jump into sewing without a basic skill set and resources (meaning information that you use to problem solve). For example if you don’t want to pay college tuition and you don’t know anyone who makes patterns, http://www.craftsy.com has a great series of patternmaking courses that are taught by people who are actually in the industry teaching etc, and if you catch the website at the right times you can get the classes for $20 each. Either way you save money and you invest in yourself. But this is a great video, thank you for posting it. I’m happy to see that you have address these and other topics your experience is encouraging and helping me to feel better about moving forward with my own sewing business.

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  31. maria burgos

    I’m so grateful for your sinceré advice and your on sewing etc. You are an excellent communicator in this field and very helpful.God bless you and your business.

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  32. beanie green

    You make so much sense. The high cost of good fabric and thread means you have to charge more to make quality goods. You really understand business!

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