I'm Excited

I'm new to this site, and I just wanted to tell y'all about a business I'm starting. I've been in college for the past 3 years now studying English Education. I love to teach people the knowledge that I have, or else I feel like there is no reason for that knowledge. I also love to create things, whether it is a Christmas card or an entire outfit. I've been sewing since I was 7 ( my mother taught me how) and I have been experimenting with other crafting techniques for the past few years.

So one day I had a brilliant idea to put these two loves together and start a business. I'm going to open a studio that aims to teach people the basics of sewing. It will be open to anyone: age range from 6 on up. It is just in the starting phases right now, and I am fund raising for supplies right now. (If you want to help out just go to: www.supportourgroup.com/ZM3171 )

The only website that I have up at the moment is a facebook page under the heading of Hummingbird Sewing Studio.

If anyone has question, suggestions, or advice please let me know.

Thanks everyone!!

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5 replies since 15th September 2010 • Last reply 15th September 2010

So I guess no one has any advice?

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check with a local community center and start with classes there. also try to find some free sewing machines that work, maybe on craigs list. Also offer mommy and me classes. Find or ask for donations of free material for practice pieces before sewing the final projects. Just some thoughts

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Wow, cool idea! I know lots of people who would like to learn but lack that "person" in their life to show them the basics. dep p. has some very good suggestions that will keep your costs down. Or you can get your students to bring in their own machines/fabric.. most of them probably already have the supplies they just need to know how to use them. I would start off with 2-3 people at first and work my way up, getting a feel for how people respond (how fast they catch on.. etc) and where to improve your classes.
Start with an easy project.. maybe have a new project every week and what they don't finish in class they can bring home to finish.. like homework. Or if they have a certain pattern they want to do, they can brin it in.. like a drop in session, if they are beginners, im sure having you there to ask when they get stuck would be really helpful. Thats my problem.. I will start something and get stuck and have noone to ask for help.. so the project remains half done for a long time and eventually tossed.
Those are my ideas, hope they help Happy

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Thanks for all the ideas. I'll certainly take them into consideration. My fiance's father is a preacher, so I can use the church for right now for my classroom. My biggest problem is marketing because I'm sorta shy, but I know I want this bad enough so I'll make it work.

Happy

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no advice here, but i think that is a really great idea and wish you the best of luck!

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