Admin post, meant to do this some time ago. Here’s a listing of free chapters of my book (Entrepreneur’s Guide to Sewn Product Manufacturing) online. I was reminded I needed to post this announcement because an old garmento supplier found the TOC page today and thought one of the entries was so hilarious -and true- he was compelled to call me. Specifically, he thought Weird Things that No One Ever Tells You was laugh out loud funny, especially when I talked about suppliers, presumably like him. He said this is exactly correct:
…calling a supplier and requesting a catalog can be perceived as threatening.
and under Interrogation 101:
Suppliers have things to sell but they won’t tell you what they have!
So between designers being too paranoid to tell suppliers what they’re making and suppliers too paranoid to tell designers what they’re selling, it is truly a miracle anyone launches a line without elaborate formal introductions. I’ve also been told many times that the chapter on how to buy wholesale fabric is a verbatim description of what really happens. Brrr, that’s so scary I shiver all over. Things have improved somewhat but I tell you, I couldn’t make this stuff up. It is so not like what people think.
Preamble dispensed with, here’s the free stuff, sorry I can’t do more:
Section 4: Production
How to Hire a Grading Service
Note: All of the forms in the book (not just the ones listed above) are available in both pdf and word doc format here in the forum, along with a lot of other useful forms, charts, manuals and service lines.
I hope you’ll consider adding it to your library, you won’t regret it and it’s what keeps this site going.