What was the biggest challenge in setting up the business?
The biggest challenge is still balancing family and career. Since I was employed, I could only do the first jobs in the evenings or at the weekend.
You are now starting from scratch here, because you couldn’t bring your customers with you.
That’s true. Some of my regular customers have already had cushions sewn. I send smaller decorative items by post, but unfortunately that’s not possible with the larger pieces of furniture.
Building up a customer base is difficult. It takes time and I find my customers through word of mouth. Starting a new business in the Corona year 2020 didn’t make it any easier either. But I am mobile and sometimes travel as far as Berlin or Dresden. It’s all a matter of organisation, contact beforehand takes place by email or phone or video call.
Where do you get the fabrics from?
My fabric suppliers come from all over Europe. There is something for every style.
If the customer already has his fabric, it is no problem for me to process it.
What are your plans for the future?
My dream is to have my own small shop with a workshop where I can display my things. An offer for sewing courses for individual matters of the heart is already in the starting blocks. There is room for up to 5 people, everyone brings their own sewing machine and we sew together. Upcycling or redesigning, there are no limits to your imagination.