Mindee Sellers, owner of Sew It Seams
3 Kessel St., Savannah
Husband, Stephen; two sons, William and Ayden
I was looking for a hobby and mentioned that to my husband that I thought of sewing. Three years ago my husband bought me a sewing machine. And my first project was clothing for my unborn son William.
It was so much fun. I sewed my own clothing. I made my sister’s wedding dress. I made pants, more clothes, patterns for shirts. I’ve done some purses and aprons. And I’ve opened an Etsy online store for homemade projects. My top seller on Etsy is my military bears. I take a service men’s and women’s uniforms and use them to make bears for children. They’re mementos of service. A father or mother will have a piece of them with them.
years in business
what we do
Alterations, repairs, custom apparel, crochet, upholstery.
why we’re successful
Being able to work directly with the customer and providing quality products and good customer service. After I get the boys to bed, I sit in the kitchen and sew for a couple of hours.
I did not know how to sew. I’m mostly self-taught but my mother and aunt sew. They can help me with something.
Starting up the sewing business. My experience with sewing is that I could have the quality in making several products and find better sellers. I figure out what are people looking for and have the support from my husband and family to do this.
My sons. Since I became a mother, I just love it. If I had started earlier, I’d probably have 10.
Future plans: Expanding this sewing business. I’m hoping I can move out of the kitchen to a shop. Also, I want to expand the Etsy store. Right now, I have 10 items on it. I’d like to be able to add different things.
For now, I promote my business just through word of mouth and having my stuff exhibited at the bakery Flirt with Dessert on Wilmington Island (It’s owned by her sister.)
tips for other businesses
Most important is time management and money management. Setting goals. And I love what I do.
It’s important just to keep yourself organized. Keep a to-do list.
Also never overbook yourself. And don’t bite off more than you can chew.
why does the savannah area work for you?
Being a military city is especially beneficial to me. My military bears are selling well. People who live in Savannah take pride in local businesses. They’re eager to find that specialty person who can meet their needs.
Right now I’m working on a memory pillow. I make a favorite shirt into a pillow and I embroider a poem on it. It says, “I’ll always be near.”
To contact SellerS, phone (912) 414-0347
On the internet, go to the Etsy store:
— Compiled by Lanie Peterson