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Why sewing is slow and expensive

by Kathleen Fasanella 

"Sewing itself is very fast so why does it take so long to get finished product out the door and why does it cost so much? As I mentioned in my book, you can have a much greater effect on reducing production sewing time and problems in the design phase than you can in production and today I’m going to show you how.

Sewing a seam is very inexpensive on the face of it but because sewing is measurable, that is how costs are calculated. People look at a seam and mentally put a price to it. Whether it is ten cents, a penny or tenths of a penny, it really doesn’t matter (no, it really doesn’t).

It is not sewing that costs -it’s handling. The problem with handling is that it is mostly invisible; it can’t be measured. If it can’t be measured, you’re not paying for it directly, only indirectly and in the worst ways with bad quality, delays, missing pieces, and dirtied goods. So the trick to reducing a lot of cost is to analyze your seam design to reduce handling points. It seems more effective to analyze seams for the number of handling steps and assign a value based on cost and complexity for each seam. Ideally, each seam would only be one point. More points are justified if the price points support it or the material or finish require it."

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Comment by Patricia Cartwright on April 28, 2012 at 8:24am

I agree with Fran. Getting started is my problem too.It might be a grandma thing lol.I hav so many things in my sewing room I think I get stuck on making decisions on as what to use or how to use it .

Comment by Fran(grami) on April 21, 2012 at 9:19pm

slow, for sure. I can walk by my assorted sewing machines, ( 3 ) AND  (2) sergers, 20 times a day, take a look at my great grandbabies bib pattern, all layed out and almost ready to go. Would it be asking to much of me to  start and finish before she has no need for it. ??? As Nancy Zieman said, 10-15-20 min. to sew. It's just starting that gets me. Then it's the expense. No matter how many "do dads, thing a ma bobs, material, what have you, you always need just ( 1 ) more thing to make it perfect, so off to the fabric store, remember, just ONE .  After  five new things,  I just had to have, I head home to start, then I'm to tired, so after a short nap I will start.   Maybe I will start tomorrow! At 74 I don't want to rush.  :( --       ZZZZZZZZZZZ

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