Are you looking for a way to earn some extra cash each month?
You may have thought it wasn’t possible if you have kids running underfoot and your sewing skills aren’t perfect yet.
Or, your skills are just fine, but you want to be able to stay at home and work.
Whatever the reason, I have the job for you!
Hockey, Soccer, Football, Baseball, and Karate, (like this uniform).
They want their patches sewn on, but they don’t have a sewing machine.
I was thinking of that as I worked on 8 uniforms today.
You can do this!
The beauty of it is that you can sew these on at various times throughout your day, a few minutes at a time, in between making peanut butter sandwiches and driving the kids to practice.
Advertise, at first, with your kid’s team.
Then, go to other teams, neighbors, friends, etc.
If you want more business, go to the local sporting goods stores, ice rinks, gyms, etc. and let them know of your services.
I used to do the patches for the Colorado State Football team and the local high school teams of various sports here in town. I even sewed on Greek letters for the frat and sorority houses.
You don’t need to have special skills to do this job…you just need to know how to stitch a straight line (and sometimes a curved one).
Actually, some people like theirs sewn on with a zig zag stitch.
To get started, I have the customer iron on the patch to hold it in place.
If the patch doesn’t have the iron on residue on the back, have the customer place a couple pins in the middle of the patch to hold it tight. I have the customer do this process so I know exactly where they are to be stitched.
Load your machine with a color of thread that matches the outer area of the patch. Then, I like to use the color of the garment in the bobbin. In the case of this karate uniform, I used red. When the customer looks inside, they see red thread and it looks nice that way. However, it is not necessary and you may like to keep the same color bobbin thread for every job.
In the photo above, the customer had ironed on the patches. I sewed this patch on like it was a straight patch since the curve was gentle.
To sew on a circular shaped patch, take a few stitches and leave the needle in the patch. Lift the presser foot and pivot the patch just a little. Lower the presser foot and take a few more stitches, then lift the presser foot and pivot the patch again. Repeat this process until you have stitched all around the patch. Be sure and backstitch to hold the stitches in tight.
By the way, I like to sew patches on in a counter clockwise fashion. Maybe it’s because I am right handed. Whatever the reason, it just feels right. Test that out for yourself and see which way you like best.
***Warning: Be careful not to sew too many of these at one sitting. Doing the same repetetive motion in sewing (or anything) for hours may result in carpal tunnel syndrome. Mix it up. Do some of these for awhile and then switch to another alteration. Or, switch to something else all together for awhile and then come back to it. Your wrists will be happy you did!
Having said that, this can be a very lucrative job depending on how much business you can drum up. Essentially, it’s pretty easy. No mother in her right mind wants to spend several evenings hand sewing these puppies on. They are usually thick and sometimes you have to use a pliers to get the needle through. So, advertising should be easy.
How much should you charge? Well, sew a few on and see how long it takes and then price according to the average time, or by your hourly rate.
Give it a try. It’s easy. It’s fun and you’ll make some dough while you’re at it!