How to Turn Your Lace Trim Side Hustle Into a 6-Figure Business
Most of our customers have been coming to us for a long time to buy lace fabric and trim. After visiting our factory, they know little about how things are made, but not much. There are eight steps to making lace. Complex? Don’t worry; go over each part, and you’ll be clear and professional.
The surface of each lace design is made with a different technique. The crafts are drawn on computers by our designers. Two examples. First, the designer comes up with a new idea for a design. Draw an art project from a picture. We do this when a client gives us a sample to make. Before making it, our designer will look at a real sample and sketch how it will be made.
Customers don’t care about the craft, even if they’ve never seen it. They only care about the real sample. But the craft is important for making lace because it lets us know which machine to use and how much it will cost. It’s important to note that it works like a computer program: we type in what we want, and then the machine makes it.
Getting Yarn Ready
Before we can start making things, we must get all the needles and yarns ready and ensure all the settings are right. Changing the yarns on the same machine takes about 5 days when we change the pattern.
We can start weaving now that the yarns and machine are ready. Automatic machine, so can the workers now take a break? No! Machines are like kids who do bad things. We should get nannies who work all the time. Because problems can happen at any time (exhausting yarns, broken yarns, holes in the fabric, etc.), our expert staff will fix them when they do. Lace made on a weaving machine that looks “grey” is not flat and can’t be used for clothes or underwear.
Make Lab Dip
First, dye. The dyeing lab makes lab dip by colour swatch or Pantone code. We give you the choice of A, B, C, or more colours. We listen to what you say about lad dip and make new lab dip if necessary. After the lab dip confirms the color, the whole lot must be dyed.
Putting on Colors
Our dyeing house has more than 80 dye pots ranging from 50 kg for mixed-color dyeing to 2000 kg for mass dyeing. Every day, 15 tons are dyed. The greige is dyed for 5–20 hours, depending on the color and type. We’ll give you a bulk sample after dying.
Setting the heat
After the products have been dyed in bulk, they are heated and set. Pourquoi? Since the greige isn’t flat, we have to make it flat. The presetting machine, 20 to 30 meters long, heats and presses fabrics. Our skilled QC team checks the color, width, pattern repeat, and stretch during preset.
After ensuring everything meets the standards, the dyed products will be cut. Only the lace trim needs to be cut. Our cutters are skilled and know what they are doing. They look for a lace that can be cut quickly and well to improve operating efficiency. The machines that cut the lace are set up for different lace sizes. Our lace is cut so that the edges are clear.
Lace that has been cut is rolled, then wrapped in poly film, and put into export cartons. Woven and poly bags are used to pack rolls of fabric. Goods are well-packed, so they don’t get damaged or dirty on the way to their destination.