There are many advantages and disadvantages to owning any business. It is no different in the sewing industry. However, I am slightly biased when it comes to owning a sewing business. In my humble opinion the advantages far out weigh the disadvantages. Keep in mind that these advantages come from my experience in my specific sewing area, which is alterations, repairs and mending. They may or may not apply to your specific area of interest. It also applies to conducting a sewing business in your home. I have conducted my business in both my home and in a rented space, but that is an entirely different article for another day.
I know you are really anxious to see the attic sewing studio reveal right? Wait . . . you mean you don't know? Well it's finally happening or at least it began happening this past winter. My husband finally said, "Why don't we turn the attic into your sewing room?" Honestly, I could have slapped him silly. I suggested it eons (well not eons but at least 15 years ago). Men . . . you really do have to make them think it's their idea for them to come through.
At any rate the attic is finished enough for me to move into and I have started working on customer projects. I am slowly moving things in and putting them away, sorting through, and discarding the unnecessary. Discarding the unnecessary has yielded a pile of empty baskets, bins, and buckets. Since I am determined to use what I have available to me without purchasing more stuff, the pile hasn't yet disappeared . . . it's more like a pile for re-purposing if needed.
When you are brand new in business you are tempted to say yes to everybody because you want to have a good reputation so people will do business with you. It seems like a good strategy but it can also eat into your profits and break the bank. You need to choose your charity wisely and don't be afraid to say "no thank you".
Lately, I've been working like a mad woman on my attic as we work toward converting it to a sewing studio. The biggest challenge I am facing right now is ALL THE FABRIC. Oh my, I did not realize how much I had accumulated over the years. Then there is still more fabric at the studio I currently rent. I have to come up with a plan to fit it all in the attic with room to spare.
To find inspiration for the "plan" I have been cruising Pinterest and came up with a few ideas. So I am going to list my plan below so I don't forget how I plan to tackle all this fabric.
There is a great many tutorials and videos out there on the web that show you how to hem jeans. There is one particular method that I take issue with. It involves using the original hem, cutting and reattaching it. First, it doesn't work well with flared jeans. Second, I've tried it and seems like way more work than just hemming the jeans and I don't like the result at all.
To successfully duplicate the original hem in a pair of jeans you need a few supplies: