I have some questions that only you, my blogger friends, can answer.
First, I'll tell you that yesterday was my last official day as a math interventionist. Next week I'm going 4 days to help with the TCAP (Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program), and then I'm through. I cannot believe that I went back after being retired for a year. But, I taught for 32 years, and it has been hard to get it out of my system. I missed the kids and my teacher friends. I'm over it now, though. I really do want to concentrate more on my sewing.
My plans are to:
1. teach some beginning sewing classes. A friend has a dance studio with extra rooms. She wants me to rent one of her rooms and has already lined up students for me (adults and children).
2. sew for myself again. I need a dress form.
3. sew more for profit. I especially want to sew for children. I mostly want to make one-of-a-kind special occasion type things. To start with, though, I'll probably sew about anything that someone will pay me to make.
4. get myself and my sewing room even more organized. This is something I've worked on for the past year and a half.
5. sell my design for the wrap that I made for my Mom to some company. I've had numerous people tell me that I should.
Now, for some questions:
1. What does TNT stand for?
2. Are the dress forms that JoAnn's has on sale for $99 worth it, or should I hold out for a better one?
3. How do I decide how much to charge people? I have trouble charging what something is worth. I mostly sew for friends, now, and I just can't bring myself to charge what I should.
4. Should I have my clients buy the fabrics and patterns or find out what they want and buy them myself? I'm afraid that they won't know what to purchase.
5. I want to incorporate some of my antique linens, etc... into some of my creations. I guess I would have my clients come to look through what I have and choose what they want. What do you think? The lady I'm sewing for now (for her grandchildren) is trusting me to do whatever I think will work. She told me some of the things she wants me to do, but is giving me leeway, otherwise. This is what I'd really like to do.
6. How much do I charge to teach sewing? By the class? By the series of sessions? I think it would be best to give them a materials list and have them purchase their own and have extra of everything in case someone buys the wrong thing or forgets to buy something. Is this best? My friend Cindy has given me some advice on this already. She has an awesome shop and teaching studio. Check her out!! Her husband makes sewing tables that would be perfect if you don't have much space to devote to your sewing!!!!
7. Do I need to get a business license at this point? I guess I will if I advertise and use my friends space in her studio. Hum?
8. How do I go about selling my design to a company? I was told I would need to patent it first. I thought about making several of these and taking them to a convalescent store near me. I really don't like making the same thing over and over, but I guess if it would be a money maker it would be ok. No more dance costumes for a bunch of growing kids who are all different sizes though.
9. Should I have a separate blog that Only has photos and descriptions of things I've made, or do I need a web page? Or, would a slide show on my sidebar be enough. (If I can figure out how to get it on there)
10.I'm sure I will come up with lots more questions and I feel sure you will answer them for me. I am soooooo glad that I found this sewing blogger world!!! Just think, people from all over the world with similar interest who are helping and encouraging each other. I love it!