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How to find work as a seamstress - pattern tester. What are qualifications?
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Subject: Looking for work sewing. Date: 7/9/14 7:28 PM

Like you I love to sew, and I try to sew everyday. Due to some changed situations I need to find a new job, and so I've re enrolled to finally finish my college degree. I'd like to find a part time sewing job as I work through college. I hope to be finishing up a fashion design degree and improving my fitting and clothing construction skills. Can anyone tell me how do you find work as a pattern tester or sample maker? Do you think I'd know enough to work at an alterations shop? I think I have what might be advanced beginner sewing skills.. I have sewn and done bask alterations for years - I don't know where to start looking for regular work- and I don't know if my skills are advanced enough to even apply anywhere. Thank you so much for any suggestions. You ladies are wonderful inspiration!
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Date: 7/9/14 7:30 PM

And Thank you in advance!
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Date: 7/10/14 2:41 AM

I sewed samples for Singer a long time ago - just went in and asked, showed them some things I had made and was hired.
Maybe try asking, at different dealerships that also sell fabric - even Jo-Anns, what the process is for getting hired as a sewist.
In our city, there are three ladies who do alterations, sew garments and do embroidery work from their homes. Try advertising - once you get a couple jobs out there, word of mouth usually goes pretty fast!
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Date: 7/10/14 7:08 AM

Where do you live?

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Date: 7/10/14 9:16 AM

I found working as a general/bridal alterations seamstress gave me invaluable fitting experience, construction ideas, and design ideas. Plus there is money in alterations. Just hemming blue jeans, I charge 10.00 for wack and sew hems, and 15.00 for the jeans hem where you preserve the original distressed hem. Blind stitch pants hem 12.00, add 4.00 for cuffs, and 5.00 for lining. Just doing hems for a clothing store, or boutique could give you a good source of extra cash.

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Date: 7/10/14 11:58 PM

Thank you for the ideas!

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Date: 7/11/14 5:38 PM

Every men's suit shop that sells suits, probably has someone there, and on the premises to hem, take in the back waist and make alterations, even if the suit salesperson is the one to mark that up. Or maybe they would. You could maybe do that, as I think men's suit shops are just most everyplace, unlike some other stuff sometimes. And you might get tips sometimes too, especially if it was more an "emergency suit purchase, needed that day or such" . Extra tips could be a good thing! I think guys whom need an emergency last minute suit, are probably way more likely to tip, than all the people whom are not stuck in that situation.

Also guys suit pants just much more easy, quick, and pleasant to take in at the back waist, than womens pants or either sex jeans.

But also if you have any high end jean stores near you, they all might need someone actually there and on the premises to do that and hem jeans also.

I did both those things for a little while after High School once. As long as you already know how to sew other things, I think if they want you, just as a person, they would just show you how they wanted you to do those things each time. so you would not in particular have to have done that someplace else before.

I don't think either pays a lot though, so if money is the most important thing, and not just doing it instead, then maybe you would not have enough money. My guess is that actually selling the men's suits would bring in way more money to you, than altering them though. But those are two more places I can think of. Also costume banks and theater groups possibly. For just sewing things, that you go in and sew there and they might pay you.

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Date: 7/13/14 6:56 PM

Thank you for those ideas! I checked at sewing stores- they do samples in house now. I will check with alterations shops and a costumer next. Appreciate the ideas!

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