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How to Start a Sewing (Clothes Repair) Business

Now known to many, clothes repair is a very profitable business and not many people are doing it.

In 2016, my sister decided to study dressmaking every weekend, and after around 24 whole day sessions, she got her diploma. Her purpose was just to learn how to repair clothes because we were running an Ukay store at that time and there are so many oversized clothes that cannot be sold. We accumulated more than five sacks of oversized pants and shirts and she thought she can repair and sell those if she knew how to do it.

I have a Juki industrial sewing machine that I purchased last 2012 when I was a contractor of potholder at Gardenia and since I stopped doing the business, the sewing machine was junked and my sister didn’t know how to use it.

In January 2019, we closed our Ukay store and all unsold good were brought to our house. My sister started repairing some pants and sold them. We never thought that her newly-acquired skill became a business a year later.

Since we have a sari-sari store at home and she was doing the sewing while tending the store, people are seeing her sewing. Other people started asking if she can repair their clothes and that was the start of the story.

Today, my sister is sewing at least 10 clothes per day (mixed of pants and shirts) and the number of customers is just increasing.

We are living in a gated community of 220 households but her customer base reaches outside our subdivision.

By the way, TESDA offers tailoring and dressmaking short courses so if you don’t have a sewing skill but interested to learn, you can always contact your nearest TESDA center. My sister enrolled in a private vocational center accredited by TESDA because we are from Taguig where the nearest TESDA is located.

Let’s talk about the numbers

Highspeed sewing machine (JUKI or Mitsubishi) – P9,000
You can buy a second-hand machine for P7,000 but I suggest buying a semi-brand new one. The P9,000 is what I found in Shopee. I purchased mine last 2012 for P6,500 each (4 units) from Parañaque.
Scissors and cutters (Solingen) – P1,500 best quality

Cost of training. TESDA doe not charge for tuition but you have to prepare for allowance and other expenses that could cost around P5,000 during the course of learning and training.

Revenue. The number of customers dictates your revenue. If you are living in a Baranggay where no one is doing this then you are very lucky.

Costs of repair:

  • Cutting of pants – P30
  • Resizing and cutting of pants – P80
  • Resizing of shirts – P40
  • Making of seat cover (1 couch and 2 seats) – P1,700
  • Pillow – P20

Expenses

  • Electricity. If you use the sewing machine continuously for 8 hours, the cost of electricity per month is only around P300
  • Threads – P5 per cloth

My sister is earning around P350 to as high as P600 per day doing it at home without pressure. You can too if you are willing to learn. The investment is not that much considering that the sewing machine can be used for a very long time.

The good thing about this business is it can’t be copied easily. Unlike other home businesses like a laundry shop, water refilling, or a bakery shop. Not many people are interested to invest in skills. People with enough capital pay the people to start a business for them and this is one of many reasons why many businesses failed because they just want to make money without passion.

If you have a big capital, do the sewing business together with gown rental and you will surely become successful. Gown rental is another highly-profitable business and you also need to have sewing skills in order to modify the gowns based on occasions!

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