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Business Tools & Equipment
Basics for Success
Starting or growing your memory bear business does take some basic tools and equipment. We’ve covered your business name, licenses, website, domain name, and a few other technical items. I’m going to talk to new and current memory bear business owners, so if you already have these items then you’re ahead of the game!
- Sewing Machine – nothing fancy. In fact, I use the Brother from Walmart
- Extra thread – be sure to buy all-purpose thread in all colors
- Bobbins – have pre-loaded bobbins and the right size
- Fabric scissors – keep a dedicated pair of fabric scissors at hand always
- Poly-fil- I buy the 10# box of poly-fil, it makes the best memory bears
- Embroidery Floss- I offer hand-stitched eyes and a nose, others might offer child safety eyes and nose services either way
- Needles- I keep all sizes on hand and several of each
- Inkjet printer – I use this to print paper contracts, invoices, and iron-on fabric
- Bear pattern – I actually use two different patterns and a secret technique to create my bears
- Camera – I recommend that you take ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures of every memory bear order
- Iron and Ironing board – take a minute to iron your teddy bear fabric
- Starch – just in case water /steam does not work for tough wrinkles
- Stabilizer – there are several fabric stabilizers on the market
- Sewing table – I use a 6’ folding table and it works great
- Pet free, Childfree, Smoke-free, Food Free working environment
Closing / About
All good things must come to an end
I sure hope you gleaned a few golden nuggets from my blog! I’m not sure we have been properly introduced, so here it goes!
My name is Stephanie Grams, I am married and a mom to six children; two of which have passed away. I was taught how to hand sew by my mom and grandma at the age of 7, simply because I was inquisitive (a.k.a. underfoot). They would spend weekends together making clothes for my sisters and me, and special occasion clothing for themselves. I have a very vivid memory of hiding under the sewing table (a.k.a. the dining room table) just to listen to them talk. I was fascinated by the sound of the sewing machine, the conversation about patterns and thread.
I have owned and operated a very successful hand-made primitive company in which I hand made the patterns for the primitive dolls, including their hand-painted or sculpted faces, body, and clothing.
Today you can find me on Youtube offering memory bear business tips and hand embroidery instruction!
If you have questions, feel overwhelmed, or are looking to make more money in your memory bear business then I invite you to schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation at this page