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Customer Satisfaction Is Highest Priority

Posted By on February 6, 2019

Whatever your business consists of – sewing, crafting, alterations, pattern making, monogramming, sewing with leather – the common thread among them all is satisfied customers.

Satisfied customers equals a growing business, whereas one single dissatisfied customer can turn away more new customers than you can try to get with all the advertising and promotions out there.  It is true that “word of mouth” is what grows a business, but it seems like one disgruntled customer never knows when to stop fussing!

There are a few things to consider when dealing with customer satisfaction. Read on and see how these ideas might work into your business.

** Get customer feed-back.  Listen to what the customers are saying.  Are they “suggesting” that something just doesn’t look right about items you’re making?  Perhaps they’re thinking ahead and asking you to make additional items that they’ve seen someplace else, and would really like to buy such items from you.

** Respond promptly to customer complaints.  Address any customer problems immediately!  For every one that actually comes to you to fix the situation, there are probably others that simply don’t come back.  Let your company be known as the ONE that will listen and solve customer problems immediately.

** Provide the best possible service.  Let your customers know that you will provide the best service (perhaps hems in 2 hours, or whatever works into your business) — then DO what you say you’ll do!  Word will get around very quickly about your prompt service.

** Say “thank you” at every opportunity.  Customers want to know that they’re appreciated, and a genuine “thank you” will make them feel glad that they came to you.  You might want to recognize your long-term faithful customers with a special birthday card, Christmas card with a little coupon in it, or make up your own “customer recognition day” and have coffee and doughnuts set up in the customer waiting area.

** Stay enthusiastic — even if business is down.  A positive attitude will pass on to the customers as they come in and they’ll go away happy that they’ve done business with you.  You might be the only bright spot in their day, so don’t let them down.

Do your best to have 100% customer satisfaction.  Your customers will respond to your dedication of service and that word will get out and you’ll find yourself with new customers just because “somebody” told them how great your business is.

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Awesome New Cat Toys Pattern

Posted By on January 22, 2019

This pattern consists of full-size pattern pieces and step by step sewing instructions for two sizes and lengths of a “stick”, two ball sizes, a cute fish, and my favorite – an adorable mouse!  This complete collection of cat toys have either bells inside or crinkle material for the crinkly noise, as well as colorful feathers at the end of one of the sticks.  You can use your own imagination for the noise and placement of feathers, but one thing is for sure – your cat will LOVE them!  One of my grandsons wants to try to put some little wheels on the bottom of the mouse so it will move and make their cat run after it.

All of these cat toys can be made from fabric remnants from your scrap box, using whatever bold colors or glittering fabric (like the red ball) that you may have.  I do recommend that you use fleece for the mouse so you don’t have to “finish” the outside edges of the ears.  These toys are very easy to make, so make some for your cat and for your friends’ cats as well!  All patterns have 1/8” seam allowance included.

This pattern is available at our Etsy Shop – https://etsy.com/shop/patternsthatfityou   – or go directly to the Craft Pattern section.  You will LOVE this pattern and if you or your customers have cats, the cats will LOVE the toys!!!

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Tutorial – DIY Fabric Wreath

Posted By on January 15, 2019

Materials needed:

Plastic wrapped straw wreath and a couple yards solid color fabric, or two or three colors of co-ordinating solids and a print fabric of your choosing

Step 1:  Purchase a plastic wrapped straw wreath – ours is a 14″ diameter wreath.  DO NOT take the plastic wrap off the wreath – the plastic helps secure the fabric in place.

Step 2:  With pinking shears, cut the fabric into 4″ squares.  Ours has a green print with green and white solid fabrics.  You can choose colors for Valentine’s day, St. Patrick’s Day, 4th of July, Fall colors or Christmas colors — this will be so much fun to make, why not make one for every season and Holiday and keep your front door beautiful all year long.  NOTE:  You will need a couple hundred squares, depending on the size of your wreath.

Step 3:  To assemble – wrap one square around the tip of a small screwdriver, keeping the right side to the outside.  Put a drop of school glue on the tip of the square before inserting the fabric into the straw wreath.

Step 4:  Poke the fabric into the wreath, using the screwdriver, making sure the fabric is secure in the straw wreath (reason for the glue is to hold the fabric in place so it can’t be pulled out easily).

Step 5: Keep poking the fabric squares into the wreath, putting them approximately 1″ apart.  Fill the outside and inside of the wreath, alternating colors – if using co-ordinating colors – leaving only about a 2″ empty area on the back, as the following picture shows. (OR you can completely fill the straw wreath if you prefer).

Step 6:  Place a wreath hanger on the back or do a string tie on the back to hang the wreath.  Now you’re ready to decorate your front door!

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Ideas To Make 2019 The Best Year Ever!

Posted By on January 1, 2019

The New Year is upon us, and sometimes we start to visualize, or dream, about how great this new year will be.  The facts are that we have to do more than just dream and wish – we must take ACTION!  Action requires us to think about things, write some things down and begin to work on the list we’ve written.

Here are a few ideas to help you get started on your list for the year and help to move your business at a pace that will definitely make it the “best year ever”!

** Update your planner for the entire year.  Put in all birthdays, anniversaries, craft show dates, conferences you want to attend, etc.  If you don’t have major items on your calendar, you’ll get so busy you’ll forget important items, or worse than that, you may be trying to schedule two craft shows for the same weekend, if you don’t already have something on your calendar.

** Set up 2-3 major goals that you’d like your business to accomplish this year, such as getting started in that new area of sewing for big and tall men, locating two additional craft shows that you can attend or setting up your customer area so you’ll be able to show off and sell some of the crafts that you make from those downloadable patterns. Write these goals into a book so you can cross them off when you’ve accomplished them.

** Plan your time off.  If there’s a reunion coming up over Memorial Day or you think you’d like to head into the mountains or to the beach over the 4th of July, mark it down in your planner, and add that to your list.  By doing this you know well in advance of the upcoming days that you won’t be in the office / workroom, so you can get your work done accordingly.

** Educate yourself.  In every business, there are new things coming along constantly, and you need to keep abreast of any changes.  You could even decide to educate yourself a little and learn how to do your own sewing machine repair, instead of having to take your machine to the shop for maintenance and repairs.  Figure out how many times you had your machines at the repair shop last year – add up the total spent, and this will probably be the savings you’ll have THIS year, once you learn how to take care of your own machines.

** Organize your office. The biggest problem in any office, at least in mine, are the mounds of paper!  Things I want to look at in a few days, magazines I want to browse through again, ideas for projects that get out of control – you name it and it’s all in my office.  I’ve decided that I WASTE entirely too much time shuffling these things around to make room for more papers.  Today, January 1st, I have made the decision to clear out the “junk”, get the office organized, get a filing system set up and categorized (project ideas in one file folder, future article ideas in another folder, patterns organized in my new clear view pattern holders,) and go through the huge stack of magazines to tear out and file what I want to keep and recycle the rest of the magazine.  I’ve made a big headway already today and feel so much better about the office – I know I won’t be wasting as much time this year as in past years shuffling and re-shuffling.  And guess what – time WASTED means less productive time, therefore dollars wasted!

** Last but not least, after making your list of goals and “to do’s”, plan how and when you will get them accomplished.  You don’t have to do everything in January!  Spread out the items according to what you’d really like to accomplish first, second and so on;  this way you can get a time-table set up that you can easily follow.  If you see that you’re nearly finished with your entire list by the middle of the year you can easily set up another set of goals for the last half of the year.

I’m planning on making 2019 the BEST YEAR EVER for my sewing and craft business.  How about you?  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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Awesome NEW Fabric Tissue Box Covers To Check Out!

Posted By on December 10, 2018

Recently we had a cyber sale on our Tissue Box Cover PDF Pattern, and the response was terrific!!!  We were pleasantly surprised how many of our Christmas and Holiday fabric tissue box covers we sold, as well as the pattern.

We have added many more tissue box cover styles that we think you might like to check out…………for example look at the playful dogs on gray background tissue cover!

If you’re looking for tissue box covers for a man’s office, a teenager’s room or a gift for friends or relatives, look at the Blue Jeans and Black Denim tissue box covers.  This could be a perfect gift to be used all year long!

We invite you to check back on a regular basis as we are adding new designs and styles often.

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Introducing – Pattern Making for Big & Tall Men Now Available on Amazon

Posted By on November 27, 2018

We are introducing one of our all-time best selling books “How To Make Patterns For Big & Tall Men” now available on Amazon.  This book is illustrated with step by step instructions on how to make perfectly fitting patterns for the big and tall men you may sew for (Note: this book would also be perfect for hard to fit big or tall teenage boys!).

As you can see in the picture above, “How To Make Patterns For Big & Tall Men” is available in BOTH paperback print AND Kindle versions.

More and more people have been requesting a Kindle version of our pattern making books because they can take it wherever they go and always have it handy when they get ready to work on the pattern making.  Me…….I always prefer the printed form of anything, so, we now have you AND me covered with our preferences!

Check out our new kindle and paperback versions of “How To Make Patterns For Big & Tall Men” on Amazon and let us know which version you like best.

We will be updating and converting our other pattern making books and classes so they will also be available on Amazon.  We’ll let you know as we get them done so you can check them out.  Until then, you can run on over to SewWithSarah.com and check out all of our pattern making and pattern changing classes —– or go directly to the “Sewing Patterns” category if you need to grab a pattern right now and make the garment — there are sewing patterns for men, women, boys and girls!

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Cyber Sale on DIY Tissue Box Cover Pattern

Posted By on November 19, 2018

Tissue box covers make an excellent gift for just about anyone!  During our CYBER WEEK SALE we’re giving you a 15% discount on our newest pattern – covers for tissue boxes!  No coupon code is necessary – prices are already marked down.

The DIY Tissue Box Cover pattern has full size pattern pieces for all three tissue box sizes – large rectangle, short rectangle and square.

Tissue box covers can be made out of remnant fabrics, so dig into your scrap box and start creating some great Kleenex box covers.  You can make sports related tissue box covers, patriotic covers, favorite pet fabric covers (these are a HUGE success!), nursery room tissue box covers, and that’s only a beginning.

For all those that do sewing and alterations and have a customer waiting area, I would suggest you make some fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas fabric tissue box covers – put them in your customer area, with price tags, and be ready to sell a lot of them.

If you’d like to see some that I have available already made up, check out my store at Etsy.com – I have some fancy Lace Tissue Box Covers and a wide variety of Fabric Tissue Box Covers.

Regular price for the Tissue Box Cover Pattern is $4.95, but your price during this sale is $4.21.  Download your pattern today and make some winter / Christmas tissue box covers to give to co-workers, friends and relatives – don’t forget to dress up your house this Holiday Season with one in every room!

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Super Sale On Coupon Clutch Coupon Binder Covers

Posted By on November 6, 2018

Is your coupon clutch wearing out?  Do you have friends that would really like to have one?  Now is your opportunity to get one of our fabric 3-ring binder covers on sale, PLUS get FREE shipping!

Check out the fabric binder covers at our Etsy store.  Let your friends know where to get one, or you can get it for them as a gift.  There are 2” fabric binder covers and 3” fabric binder covers available.

There are many styles to choose from, however some have a limited number available.

This sale won’t last long, so don’t wait.  NOTE: This sale and free shipping is only available to our U.S. customers.

 

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How To Sew Synthetic Leather

Posted By on October 30, 2018

Vinyl leathers are quite fashionable and may be found in all fabric departments.  These simulated leathers have a grained-leather appearance and are backed with cotton knit, which gives some stretch to the fabric.  They actually have the look and feel of genuine leather, are washable and easy to care for.  Do not dry clean vinyl.

Choose a pattern with simple lines.  Raglan or kimono sleeves are the easiest to work with.  Topstitching and self facings can be used if the vinyl is light-weight.  Jacket and coat fronts and collars may be interfaced with light-weight interfacing.  Carefully alter and fit the pattern before cutting and stitching.  Stitching, when removed, leaves marks.  Linings are optional, but add to appearance of the garment and to wearing comfort.  Be sure to choose a washable lining.

It is best to keep the synthetic leather fabric rolled until ready to cut.  Fold right sides out when cutting double layers.  Pins leave holes so only use in seam allowances.  The pattern pieces may be weighted or taped down while cutting.

For marking, use chalk or pencil.  Use paper clips or tape to hold the seam edges.  Include a woven seam binding in the seams that stretch easily, such as waist or sleeve seams.  Use a medium-long stitch, 8-10 stitches per inch.  Small stitches tend to cause vinyl to tear.  Be sure to test a scrap first.  Topstitching can be used on lightweight vinyls, 6-8 stitches per inch.  Use a sharp, medium needle, size 14.  Mercerized cotton or dacron and cotton thread should be used.  For decorative stitching, use buttonhole twist.  Use a piece of tissue paper between the vinyl and metal surface of the presser foot or throat plate to prevent the vinyl from sticking.

Darts should be tapered to a point and slashed, then finger-pressed open.  The last few stitches of the dart should be on the fold.  Do not backstitch the darts.  Each side of the dart can be topstitched if desired, or press the dart to one side and topstitch through all thicknesses.

Seam edges can be held open with a fabric glue, or when underlining is used, held down with overcast stitches caught to the underlining.

To make a topstitched seam, finger-press the seam allowance to one side of the garment, stitch 1/8 inch in from the seam line, through the seam allowance.  For a double topstitched seam, finger-press the seam open and topstitch on each side of the seam line.  Use a welt seam if desired.

Try grosgrain ribbon for the waist-band to prevent stretching and bulkiness.  On skirts that do not have a waistband, use a firm interfacing for inside facing rather than vinyl.

Bound buttonholes are easily made on vinyl fabric.  Machine made buttonholes have a tendency to stretch, so a firm interfacing must be used.

Turn the hem at the desired length and machine stitch 1/4″ from the raw edge. Hems may be glued or hand stitched by catching one or two threads in the knit backing.  Be  careful and do not pull the stitching too tight.

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BIG SALE on Lace And Trims in Our Etsy Store!

Posted By on October 23, 2018

 

We’ve lowered the prices on all lace and trims in stock in our SewWithSarah Etsy store!  We’re waiting on new arrivals, but want to give our loyal customers first priority on the lace and trims we currently have on hand (the prices marked are the new low prices).

There are lingerie laces that can be used for our popular “Custom Fit Boy Leg Panties”, lace and trims for headbands, hair ties, blouse and dress trims and much more!

Included in this BIG lace and trim sale are 9 1/2″ wide beige embroidered polyester lace, 4″ wide Gallahad Red stretch lace that, like the 9 1/2″ lace, is scalloped on both sides.  There is also 1 1/2″ wide lace, 3/8″ trims and ribbons.  Some are “end of roll” lengths, so they won’t last long!

Hurry on over to our Etsy Store and get in on the huge sale.  NOTE:  Shipping is FREE on all lace and trim orders (shipped only to U. S. customers).

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