One of the best things about a home sewing business is that you don’t need a lot of money up front to get started. Of course, you will need a good sewing machine. Most people who think that they might start a sewing business already have a great love for sewing and usually have a machine that they can use.
If you need to, once you start earning money, you can reinvest it into your business for a heavy-duty machine and any tools you may need to help you be more efficient. However when you are just getting started, just use what you have. A dedicated sewing room would be wonderful but the kitchen table will work just fine. You can slowly build up your stock and keep it stored in a few waterproof plastic storage bins.
In the early twentieth century, women who did sewing from home were mostly women using industrial sewing machines and they would assemble garments that were already cut and ready to sew. They worked for local factories as outworkers. The women were paid for each piece of finished work. The sewing machines were big and noisy and the work was back breaking. The faster you were able to work, the better the pay. It’s easier in our global economy to outsource this type of work to countries where the wages are lower.
These days, there are much better ways to make money with your sewing business without having to do such hard work.
Find Your Niche
Most people think of a woman who is a dressmaker or making custom wedding dresses when they think of someone who has a home based sewing business. This is certainly a viable niche and a popular one but there are other niches that you might wish to consider. However, if you are really good at making bridal dresses, you can make quite a bit of money.
Although not quite as glamorous as making wedding dresses, garment alterations are often needed and can get you some solid business. This is becoming a service that is hard to find these days. Most referrals for alterations will come from the local dry cleaners. Although most people just throw away clothing that might not fit properly or something that has a broken zipper, there are still people who want this type of service.
Making pillows, cushions and other soft furnishings can be a great niche to get in. There are many people who are in search of custom sized cushions and other items and most are not good at sewing. Soft toys have always been popular and creating them can be a nice way to make money. You can make cuddly, soft toys that many a child will cherish.
A few other popular niches that you might want to consider:
- Children’s Clothing
- Theater Costume Clothing
- Home Decor Items (Curtains, Sheets, Pillowcases)
- Women’s Wear
- Holiday Wear
- Holiday Decor
- Pet Clothes
If you love sewing, this is a business that you can start and one that you will love working in. There might be a few stressful moments, but the joy you get from creating unique items or helping others fix their favorite clothes will make it all worthwhile.