How to find contract sewing jobs

Written by nicki howell
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Many individuals are earning a solid income with contract sewing jobs. These types of jobs cover a wide range of tasks including alterations, repairs and creating custom clothes. Sewing experts can also choose to focus on one area such as designing wedding garments. But to find a contract sewing job, you must have a strong background in sewing and understanding of materials and fabrics. Here's how to find contract sewing jobs.

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Things you need

  • Sewing machine

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    Determine your pricing. The rate you can charge for sewing services varies depending on your geographic location. To find the right price point for your area, contact local sewing business owners and ask about pricing. This will provide a range of rates. You can then determine if your pricing structure will be low, mid or high priced.

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    Prepare postcards about your services. Even though your sewing business may be small, you still need marketing postcards. These pieces should contain information about the types of sewing projects you are proficient in, and it should explain why your services are the best choice. Mail these out and place them in local coffee shops and grocery stores. Place them on local community notice boards.

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    Place an ad for your services. Many individuals are looking for assistance with alterations or creating textiles. You can place an ad in your regional and local newspapers to generate clients. Purchasing ads that run longer can provide a nice price break, reducing your advertising costs.

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    Call on local businesses. One of the best ways to find sewing contract jobs is to target local businesses in your area. Special events dress makers and large department stores can provide steady work. Drop by the business and ask to speak with the manager. You can leave one of your marketing postcards and a few business cards.

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    Target local dry cleaners. Forging partnerships with local dry cleaners can prove to be a good strategy for securing business. Many cleaners don't have a seamstress in-house anymore and depend on contractors to serve their clients.

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    Ask for referrals. Once you complete your first project, ask your satisfied customer for referrals. Provide plenty of business cards to customers so they can spread the word about your services.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure you have a reliable sewing machine. Once you secure contract sewing jobs, you don't want your sewing machine to break down mid-project. Consider purchasing a new sewing machine if it's time for an upgrade.

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