Book Review: Sewing To Sell

I love to enter sewing giveaways. Back in 2008 when I first started blogging I won a Michael Miller fabric set and I was hooked! I’ve scarcely won anything since, but I recently hit the jackpot winning this book by Virginia Lindsay of Gingercake Designs. It’s called Sewing To Sell: The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Craft Business.

Sewing To Sell | Review by JaimeSews

In many ways I’m not a beginner, but I’ve recently felt a little directionless. I feel somewhat stuck in between a hobby & a real business so I tried to sit down with this book with the eyes of a beginner to see if I could find some direction one way or another. I was not disappointed with Virginia’s smart & practical advice!

I sometimes find my head spinning from all the opportunities presented by the crafty business world. There is so much variety and so many possibilities and paths one could walk down. Right off the bat, Virginia encourages readers to stick with their own personal style. This may seem obvious, but it’s easy to get so inspired by everything around me that I feel I need to mimic what I see, instead of being true to myself. I can see some definite growth in this area since I started sewing to sell in 2008 after the birth of my son. I wasn’t choosing fabrics that inspired me in an effort to keep costs down and found myself unhappy very quickly. After I went back to work full time, I set the sewing business aside until the last year or so and this time I’ve endeavored to sew what I love.

In another section, Virginia discusses some business tips including changing the way you look at purchasing fabric & supplies. I definitely related to her examples and confessions and plan to make changes in this area myself. Other topics discussed (and shown beautifully) are how to photograph and package your product and for online and craft fair sales. Sewing to Sell also discusses pricing your product, organizing your patterns and sewing space and explains how to identify your customer.

Sewing To Sell | Review by JaimeSews

And then, to top it all off, there are 16 Starter project patterns included to get you started in your own sewing business. I confess, in a world with Pinterest and unlimited web resources, I hardly ever buy a book for projects anymore. But there was not one project in this book I wouldn’t want to make and many of them are a blank slate with which Virginia encourages the reader to make their own! And super extra bonus?!?! There’s a price range suggestion included at the top of each project pattern!

Sewing To Sell | Review by JaimeSews

Overall I found the advice in this book was exactly what I needed to hear. I should have known that when I felt lost, it would be best to follow the advice of Vince Lombardi and go back to the basics. So if you are a new to the craft business, save yourself some trouble and grab a copy of this book. And if you are a seasoned craft business owner looking for a little direction, you should also grab a copy of this book and remind yourself about the basics of Sewing to Sell!

Thank you so much to Virginia of Gingercake Designs for generously offering Sewing to Sell as a prize and thank you for supporting the handmade community with your practical, straight forward advice! I know I will be using the patterns included to add cute new products to my etsy shop this coming year!

Black Friday Through Cyber Monday Sale!!

Hey all – I hope you had a great day yesterday with family & friends and that the joy and gratitude remain throughout the season! I wanted to let you know about a sale I’m running today through midnight (PST) Cyber Monday  in BOTH my shops!

JaimeSews Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale!

So head on over to www.jaimesews.etsy.com or www.jjssupply.etsy.com and please share & tell a friend!

Maggie Mae Goes To The Pumpkin Patch

This past weekend, Grammy & Papa took us all to the pumpkin patch! We had a great time riding the train, navigating the corn maze, taking the hayride out to the patch to pick our pumpkins, watching the dog and hog races and more! In California’s central valley, it’s still pretty warm in October so it was the perfect occasion to slip my girl in her Spooky Maggie Mae for some memorable pics.

Making Funny Faces

Making Funny Faces

In the Corn Maze

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The Spooky Maggie Mae can also be worn over a long sleeved shirt if it’s cold where you are. Celebrate the season in style in sizes 6/9 months, 12-18 months and 4T in the shop.