Frequently Asked Questions
The answers you’re looking for are always at your reach when you choose to do business with Sew Studio. We’re constantly updating our FAQs in order to reflect important company updates. If you can’t find the answers you’re looking for, please reach out - our team is always ready to help.
How do I get started with Sew Studio
Your first step is to book an appointment. You may select the free initial consult if you are unsure of where to start, or you can select the option you are ready to begin at.
Once we verify Sew Studio can assist you, review our Terms & Conditions and send them back. We will get you into our system and get started on your project.
What types of products can you make?
We currently make a wide variety of products and accessories. We can sew both knits and woven as well as hand sew specific details. Our clients range in price point from moderate to designer. We develop men's, women's, children's, and all types of genres.
Here is a short list of items we typically DO NOT take - leather (or extremely heavy materials), bridal, some formal wear, lingerie, puffer jackets, and other thick quilted type designs. We do not have a flat lock machine that is popular with athletic wear.
We have taken on patentable design projects, technology products, and other unique and heavily detailed items. Our skillset in product development is fit and we strive for the perfect fit and alignment with everything we create. Design is an ever evolving process and we continue to work towards perfection beyond the sampling stage.
How much should I plan to invest in the product development stage?
What’s the minimum order amount?
We do not have a MOQ. You can order as few as one item and up. We do caution that ordering one is not a cost effective method for selling units, but it can work to get you started.
Our goal is to help small to mid sized brands grow. We will work with you to assist you in whatever your order quantity needs are.
We do not block our line off for any one company. Larger orders are broken down into smaller quantities (below 300 units) so we can continue to serve those who need fewer.
How do I know where I am in the process?
These are the steps we follow. During the initial consult we will ask you if you have these items. If not, they need to be created or developed. If you have them, we will work through the process until you reach the point of needing Sew Studio's assistance.
Size Chart - The body inside the garment - not product measurements for apparel. All others can be specified measurements of item.
Slopers - Basic pattern of body that all products for your brand should be developed from.
Product Design - Sketch, illustration, flat, or inspiration photos or drawings that provide a front, side, and back view
Patterns - Finished patterns that meet the specifications provided by the size chart.
Sample - Final sample approving the pattern and approval to move to production
Grade - The development of the various sizes in your size chart (if applicable).
Tech Pack - The document that holds all of the final information for the approved sample and specifications for the manufacturer to repeat.
Production Order - Submit your production order form. How many sizes, colorways, etc.
Quality Control & Packaging - Outline of your branding requirements for finishing your production order.
Every product is slightly different, but I recommend budgeting $1500-$2000 per design. This should be able to take you from concept to production ready. The most important part of the design process is that you are concise in your decision making regarding style lines and materials.
How do you price your services?
Pricing is always an important question, but it’s impossible to give an exact amount or even a fair estimate without the details of your request. Our rates don’t fluctuate based on project type. Product complexity, equipment needs, and labor hours dictate your order cost. We’re constantly working to optimize our processes so we can pass those savings on to you.
Once we have the opportunity to review your needs, we will give you a general breakdown of time we estimate your order to take. This will give you an advanced idea of how much your specific product will need to be developed. For production needs, we will provide a per piece quote based on your order request once we make the manufacturers sample. This is for you to approve our work and allows us to provide you an accurate quote for costing.
Labor is an essential part of your product development for many reasons. Including Fair Labor Practices and Fair Pay. Our approach to hiring staff is to keep overhead low by curating a team that is talented, skilled, educated, and passionate. We have no desire to compete with China or other locations with extremely low labor costs. We’re a relatively small staff, but we hold the technical skill, knowledge, and experience that surpasses most design staff and manufacturing facilities.
We are not likely to be the cheapest option in manufacturing because we pay a fair wage to employees and contractors. However, we’ve proven to reduce costs for our clients, year over year through accuracy, consistency, and technical expertise.
Our clients hire us for our commitment to quality and attention to detail, without compromising our values or your products. We strive to be the premiere boutique clothing manufacturer in the U.S. for small to mid-size companies and individuals, and we look forward to serving you.