Home sewing business...

Batesburg, SC(Zone 8a)

Has anyone in this thread ever started and are doing their own home sewing business? I am looking into alterations..with a few "on the side" things......like a boutique kind of shop. I was just curious if anyone else was doing this..and how is it going in this economy. I have been getting alot more requests as of late for alterations, due to people trying to wear what they have as long as possible, and still look good.

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

I should think alterations would be a good choice. My aunt used to manage alterations for Jacobson's. After they closed, she retired and now does some at home. She's like to fully retire but past customers are still keeping her busy.
I think if you can get the word out, you would be as busy as you want to be.

Saskatoon, Canada

Yes here in town same thing, there are 2 or 3 ladies taking in sewing, and according to them, there is enough work for a few more.
When people find out I can sew..I get asked, but always say no, because i don't want to...but why not just try?
Get some flyers made up, get your name out, I bet you you will get work in no time.

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

Post at grocery stores and maybe dry cleaners that don't do alterations, even any local stores that will allow it. If you have a small local paper you might run an ad there too.

Huron, OH(Zone 5b)

I do alterations at home. I have an ad in the local paper. I have lots of people glad to find someone who sews, here ther aren't many who do.

Marietta, OH(Zone 6a)

I agree with the others, alterations are a nice way to stay at home, but still work. Once the word gets around, you'll probably have more than you want to keep busy! Both my hubby and FIL have short arms, so every long sleeve shirt they buy has to be taken up or they just fold the cuffs back. That's fine for flannels and casuals, but not dress shirts. FIL used to take his shirts/pants to the local tailor, but after paying $18 to have the last shirt altered, he's chosen not to buy too many more long sleeves.
We lived in the country growing up, and even though most of the farm women did their own sewing, there was one woman who did more mending jobs for others. She had so much to do, she ended up hiring 2 of her granddaughters and a daughter to help keep up.

Batesburg, SC(Zone 8a)

Thank you all of you for the helpful replies! I still am setting up the place, and I have to check and see if a business license is required for it. This location was a business previously....so it should be listed somewhere in the county or city. We are in one county...rurual...but our mailing address is in another town, 10 miles away, in another county. I have no idea why.
But, anyway.....I have alot to do before I turn the "open" sign on.

(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

Good Luck to you and your endeavor. I'm betting you will do well.

Saskatoon, Canada

You are going in a building..not at home I understand now.
Here in town, one lady who took on sewing and alterations, had a second hand store also (and a laundromat)
She has moved now, but she did very well.

GOOD LUCK

Batesburg, SC(Zone 8a)

canadastrid- Yes, it is a totally separate building on our property. It has been a business beofre we bought the place...but they sold VHS movies, plants, used clothes and books, etc...from what I can tell. I haven't been able to find anything about it on the internet though. I did find the other 2 businesses though....they were in the woodshop and at the 3rd address on this property.

Saskatoon, Canada

How is everything coming along?

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Having projects to keep you busy when you are "not working" will be key to keeping your sanity during the down times. If it's got LOTS of spare room, I'd be thinking about a long-arm quilting machine!

Batesburg, SC(Zone 8a)

I've been out of action for a week due to a kidney stone. Went to the ER....glad it wasn't one of the other possibilities. Just getting back into the swing of things....

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

OUCH... those are certainly painful little buggers!

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