FAQ

I am so humbled and honored and thankful that you are here, reading my blog. Below are some FAQs — I try my very best to keep this page updated, so thank you for your patience. Have a question not answered here? Send me an email :)

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HOW DID YOU GET STARTED SEWING?
Around the fall of 2008 discovered Etsy and immediately decided I needed to learn how to sew. I checked out 30 — seriously, 3o!, books from the local library and started to learn the trade. You can read more of my journey on my About Gussy page.

WHAT TIPS & SUGGESTIONS DO YOU HAVE FOR A NEW OR WANT-TO-BE SEWER?
I’m a visual learner, so continuing to learn something new is extremely motivating and exciting for me. I believe ANYONE can learn how to sew — all it takes is determination, patience and an interest in the trade. I didn’t grow up with a sewing machine — I learned when I was 23-years-old, so I totally believe you can learn, too. One of my favorite books is Bend-the-rules Sewing, but I encourage you to find a book that teaches in a way that makes the most sense to you. Many recommend taking a local sewing class, but YouTube can be a great teacher, too :]

WHAT KIND OF SEWING MACHINE DO YOU USE?
I currently sew on a family machine, a Kenmore 12 Stitch {model 1355080}.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOW-TO-SEW BOOK?
Some of my favorites: Bend-the-rules Sewing, BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook, One Yard Wonders

WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE FABRIC DESIGNERS?
Robbert Kaufman, Michael Miller, Ty Pennington, Heather Bailey, Sarah Jane. I also really enjoy visiting local fabric shops.
WHERE DO YOU PURCHASE YOUR SEWING SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS?
We shop from a variety of vendors, both local and online. Local sewing/quilt shops are super fun to visit for inspiration — I always love to visit, but there are also wonderful fabric websites, like Hawthorne Threads, or Fabric Worm that can be helpful, too. My favorite source for zippers is Zipit; Gutermann thread is my favorite, most durable thread to sew with.

WHAT ARE SOME WAYS YOU STAY ORGANIZED? / HOW IS YOUR BUSINESS SO SUCCESSFUL?
The best advice I have on this topic is to work in a manner that is most-productive for you. For me, this means making to-do lists, setting goals, giving myself a small reward when I accomplish my goals, keeping my calendar up-to-date — that sort of thing. I’ve also written a few blog/biz 411 posts, which are full of tips. I’d love for you to check ‘em out!

My husband Zack is a HUGE help to the success of Maggie Whitley Designs through advice and encouragement. I’m certain I wouldn’t be where I’m at without his help. Having a support system to bounce ideas off and to encourage you along the way is huge. My husband is an invaluable gift.

And for everything else business related, having a dream and setting goals really is the best way to succeed. You can learn anything you want to, which can be soooo freeing and inspiring ♥. What are you waiting for? Get started, girl!

DO YOU HAVE HELP?
The Gussy Sews/Maggie Whitley Designs brand has grown so much, and so quickly, that I have indeed hired a small team to help me keep up with everything. I have a staff of four *amazing* assistants. Together we keep up with orders and production, as well as various business/blog projects. Want more tips on hiring help? Here’s my post for you :)

ARE YOU HIRING?
Possibly! To see which positions we have open at any given time please view our Hiring Page. If you feel you have a talent that we absolutely must know about please view the Hiring Page and submit your resume to the email address listed.

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WHERE DO YOU PRODUCE YOUR PRODUCT?
Everything is handmade/machine-sewn by our team in Los Angeles, CA.

WHAT IS THE GUSSY SEWS INSPIRATION WORKSHOP!?
The Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop! was a weekly linky party to encourage and inspire each other. Each week I sent out an “inspiration prompt” for you to work around. I’m not currently hosting this, however it was truly so fun.

HOW OLD ARE YOU?
I’m 28 — my birthday is July 5 :)

DID YOU GO TO COLLEGE? WHAT DID YOU STUDY?
I sure did! That’s where Zack and I met, actually :] We both graduated from Central Michigan University. I have a dual major in Art {2D concentration in photography} and Journalism {news editorial concentration}. At the time, my dream job was to work for a magazine. Now my dream job is doing exactly what I’m doing now :] The LORD is pretty amazing…

WHAT KIND OF DOG IS BAUER? HOW OLD IS HE?
Awwe — my precious pup, Bauer. Bauer is an Australian Cattle Dog + Terrier mix, born on July 10, 2010. We adopted him from a rescue shelter here in Minnesota.

WHERE CAN I FIND YOUR PRODUCT TO PURCHASE?
The Caroline-made shop can be viewed here. The Gussy Sews shop has transitioned to the Gussy Club, our monthly subscription service. You can purchase a Gussy Club membership by clicking here. You can also find Gussy Sews products inside various brick + mortars across the country.

DO YOU ACCEPT CUSTOM ORDERS?
Not at this time.

HOW DO I BECOME A BLOG SPONSOR?
At this time we are not accepting new sidebar blog sponsors, giveaways or solo features.

 

xoxo, Maggie