Saturday, 12 August 2017

Sewists of the world! I need your help!


I've been thinking this over for a while and now I have decided! I'm opening an online fabric store!

I'm starting with different kinds of woven and knit fabrics made of Egyptian cotton, but planning already to have other natural fibers in the future as well as sewing supplies (buttons, threads, zips, maybe even sewing patterns etc...)

The shop will be based in Norway since I live here, but will ship worldwide. And one of my main goals is to keep the shipping costs down.

I've been out there buying from online stores myself and have taken a lot of pluses and minuses into consideration while thinking this one out so hopefully you'll all like it. But there's only one way to find out: You have to tell me yourself!

So I'd like to invite all of you that sew to take 10 minutes of your time and answer a little survey I created. You can take it in English or Norwegian. And the best part?

πŸ‘‰There's fabric to winπŸ‘ˆ

3 winners will be drawn and each will get 2m of cotton fabric! But if the participation exceeds expectation, I'll increase the number of winners as well.

And if you want to double your chances to win, head over to my Instagram account and repost my cry for help there (more details in the IG post).

Thank you all in advance and good luck!

(picture from http://www.cottontextiles.co.uk/egyptian-cotton-fibre-is-smaller-in-diameter-but-very-strong.html)

4 comments:

  1. It will be a lot of work but I think it can be done. You will have some competition. One thing to do as soon as possible, hire a marketing company to help you get your name and brand out there. I started a sewing shop (equipment, tools and books) but without the money to market, the shop has gone nowhere. I would also suggest, if you haven't chosen it and plan to do it yourself, use WordPress to create your website. It's free and has numerous plugins for a shopping cart, SEO and anything else you might desire on your site. There are also numerous free videos available and a lot of help on their website. It will take time to learn how to use it but stick with it and you'll catch on fairly quickly.

    One thing I like to see on a image of a fabric is a ruler along the bottom and up one side. It allows me to know the size of the pattern repeat. I make ties for charity fund raisers and I need to know the size of the fabric as well as if it will work cut on the bias.

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    1. Thank you so much for the support and advice Kathrine! I see already that a big share of the startup costs will go on marketing. I understand already that it's difficult to get anywhere without that (you only need to look at the amount of blog following to know that πŸ˜‚)
      I will take your advice about the ruler into account as well. Thanks again 🌹

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  2. Hi, Maria! I have done it;) I am looking forward to seeing your project with Egyptian cotton. I wish your success. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you so much Eli! I appreciate it a lot! πŸ€—

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