Dreading Spring Cleaning? Use Our Dust Busters For Easy Cleaning

| February 28, 2009

Regardless of what type of home business you have – sewing, alterations, crafting – there’s always cleaning that has to be done.  With spring cleaning just around the corner, we thought timing might be perfect to show you our variety of  “dust busters”.  The dust busters can be made with old towels or cheap towels […]

Is Tailoring the New Mall Alternative?

| February 27, 2009

Phyllis Sullivan says that her alterations shop brings in approximately 55 customers each week, up from the 40 she averaged per week last year.  Sullivan hasn’t had time to slow down since people started heading to their own closets instead of heading to the mall.She says “we’re turning around like a top” as she bustles […]

College Student Surprised By Flood Of Sewing Machines

| February 26, 2009

Tariro Mupombwa is a 21 year old student at the University of Pennsylvania who is working on a major in biochemistry.  A couple of months ago she visited her native Zimbabwe and witnessed the effects of the cholera epidemic that started last August, along with the major economic issues the country is having.In an effort […]

How To Make An Elastic “Self Band” Waistband

| February 25, 2009

The self band elastic waistband can only be made when the garment has not been dart-fitted at the waistline.  Cut the garment with an extension above the waistline (A) that is twice the width of the elastic plus 3/8″.  Mark the waistline with a basting thread.  cut a length of elastic to fit snugly around […]

Part Time Fashion Designer is Creating Her Own Dream

| February 24, 2009

Sarah Jo Saunders has been sewing since she was a teenager and says she is “completely self taught” when she talks about her fashion design.  Saunders never wanted to settle for mass-produced clothing so she got started by designing and sewing her own outfits.  She has since decided to go for her dream and opened Jo Clothing, an […]

How To Sell What You Sew

| February 23, 2009

If you’re new to the SewingBusiness blog, and have joined us to figure out a way to make some extra money with your sewing abilities, you’ve come to the right place!Many people “talk” about wanting to make some money from all the things they love to make (and what other people love to receive as […]

Make Something Special For Your Child

| February 22, 2009

There are so many things that you can make for your child — for a birthday or just because you want to let them know they are special!Snake wall pockets are sure to make a child smile — AND might even encourage them to keep their room a little cleaner by utilizing the pockets for […]

Styled Baby Designs Supports Local Moms

| February 20, 2009

Styled Baby Designs is a small boutique in Hillsboro, Oregon just outside Portland that carries “unique gear for the modern mama and child”.  The boutique proudly displays wares ranging from bibs and blankets, barrettes and aprons, shoes and diaper cakes.  More than 80% of their stock is made by local moms, most of whom live […]

Michelle Obama’s Fave Designer Heading to Hollywood

| February 19, 2009

Maria Pinto is hardly new to the business with over 20 years of experience as a fashion designer, but even though she’s well known in Chicago she has only recently gained national exposure thanks to Michelle Obama wearing her pieces on the campaign trail last year. (check out our previous post on Pinto)Well last week […]

Are You Afraid To Tailor?

| February 18, 2009

If your sewing business has been mostly “simple” things because you’re afraid to do tailoring, read the following tips and practice them, and before you know it, you’ll be able to add additional sewing to your business.** Make all marks for notches, darts, grain lines with darning cotton — it has a tendency to stick […]