Schedule 2016

We are so excited about our “jam packed” schedule for SewBizJam with 3 full days of classes. Come join us for a unique sewing-business retreat, where you will have the opportunity to learn new skills, create new paths, network other industry professionals, recharge your creative energy, and make new friends —all in a relaxed beach atmosphere!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Meet and Greet Party – Intruductions and share your story! Show and tell of name badges.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Creating your dream business – Overview of the various avenues of business in the sewing and quilting industries. Learn which suits your talents, voice and aspirations.

Pattern design – Learn how you can develop quality patterns that cater to your market, as well as avenues for publication, including self-publishing and major pattern companies. Find out how to market your patterns effectively, as well as what book publishers are looking for, how to write a winning book proposal, how to submit it and tips on getting the best photography and design for your patterns.

Teaching workshops and classes – Uncover your teaching skills and learn how to set up a workshop/class, finding locations, deciding on classes, how to write enticing handouts. Discuss the opportunities that await in online class, along with kitting and selling at your events.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Software – Overview of computer programs that allow you to create and design, as well as others that help you manage your business. On-hand demonstrations of how each can apply to your own kind of sewing-related business and the opportunity to give them a test drive.

The art of surface design – Learn how fabric manufacturers define a fabric collection, including fabric terms, scale and substrates. Discover the ways you can create designs and repeat patterns, then how to submit your collection to fabric manufacturers. Learn how to license your surface designs for fabrics, home goods and other many products.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Promoting your business – Take the mystery out of using current social media platforms to spread the word out about your product and/or designs. Learn how you can use video to market your business and build your brand. Overview of the numerous platforms available for creating a navigable website and the steps to take to showcase your work online.

Copyrights – Discuss the details of copyright and how you can protect your own designs, including what is protected by a copyright, how to file, deciding to file, and how it all applies to the sewing and quilting industry.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Goodbyes and hugs!  After an amazing memorable exprience filled with learning, networking and laughter, you will return home with new friendships and full of creative energy for your new business plan.