Starting a Sewing and Embroidery Service

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: June 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Sewing and embroidery services provide clothing alterations and repairs, make curtains and soft furnishings and embroider emblems and logos onto clothing such as sports kits, school uniforms and workwear. Some specialise in altering wedding and bridesmaids' dresses, and some create personalised items for children, such as soft toys with embroidered names and initials.

Sewing and embroidery are skilled crafts and proprietors generally operate either from a home-based workshop or in small retail premises. Embroidery services sometimes receive contract work from other firms such as workwear retailers that need logos embroidered to order.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a sewing and embroidery service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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