The craft fair brought up several good questions so I decided to try and answer them for all my customers.
QUESTION #1. How long do custom orders take?
ANSWER: On a normal basis, less than 2 weeks. Unless you have requested a special material that has to be ordered online, then it may be delayed.
After a craft fair, you can expect up to 3 weeks.
QUESTION #2. Can you shorten the custom order time?
ANSWER: Yes, I can arrange to expedite your order. There may be a small fee assessed. I will let you know up front if there is one.
QUESTION # 3. Where do you find your ideas?
ANSWER: There are several online sites that I like for applique ideas. I also follow a few blogs that do sewing tutorials.
QUESTION # 4. Where do you get your materials?
ANSWER: All over but a few tried a true places are fabric.com, bear paw quilting, lonestar quilting, Cotton Patch, Hobby Lobby, Mary Maxim, overrainbow.com, Hancock, Joann's Fabric, All 4 my 3 boyz, and Walmart.
QUESTION # 5. Do you make other items?
ANSWER: Yes I do make things that are not listed. I am more than willing to try to make an item for you. It may take a little extra time to figure out a pattern and sizing. Patience is appreciated!
QUESTION #6. Do you embroider?
ANSWER: I just placed an order for a Singer SES 1000 embroidery machine. I will have it open for custom orders shortly. I will let you know what the additional cost will be.
QUESTION #7. How do I care for my items?
ANSWER: I like to wash all dresses and applique inside out on the delicate cycle. I prefer that they be air-dried. Items can be ironed on medium low setting EXCEPT for ribbon! It will melt your ribbon if you put the iron on it.
QUESTION # 8. Do you smoke and/or have animals?
ANSWER: NO, I do not smoke. Your items will come from a smoke free environment. I do have pets (and small children) but I do my best to keep them out of my sewing work area.
QUESTION #9. What sizes do you make?
ANSWER: Most of my sizes range from newborn to size 7/8. I do custom work for older/bigger girls and I have also made applique shirts for adults. I do not stock any of those items so it would be an order that I have to custom purchase at the time.
Question #10. What items can we expect for the future from SWC?
ANSWER: some ideas down the pike are (but not limited to....)
1. bible covers
3. upcycled skirts
4. nursing covers
5. car seat covers
7. photo stitched items
9. tooth-fairy pillows
10. crayon rolls
11. neck pillows
12. American Girl doll clothes
13. table runners
14. Holiday banners
AND so much more!