Well, it’s been way too long since I’ve written an entry. You wouldn’t believe how busy we are! Here’s what’s been happening this summer at SBDF
First we are working hard to find a solution to the increased postal rates. They are a real challenge for those of us in the business of mailing product. Basically it comes down to machinable or non-machinable. If the envelopes exceed certain thicknesses, they automatically kick up to the next level of rates. The impact is significant. As you know, we have always been committed to putting the money into the fabric and not the presentation. We want you to have an enjoyable experience with our swatches, but what’s the point of a beautiful package of lesser quality fabrics? So, we’ve been experimenting with different options. One thing is clear…we will no longer staple the packets together. We know some of you find this difficult, but we also believe you would rather our hold the line on pricing than boost it to cover additional postal costs. In an effort to make this transition easier on our customers, we have added an IDentifier for each description to make it clear which write up matches the swatch. We’re definitely open to customer feedback, but we don’t have a lot of wiggle room!
We’ve also been working on a revamp of our website. It launched today! You’ll find easy drop down menus, navigation tailored to the focus of each page and a restful environment in which to view the fabrics. We hope this format makes the site more enjoyable for you. Let us know what you think.
I’ve been trying to keep up with the Sew Along in the forum. I’m quite a bit behind, but I grab a few minutes when I can and it’s really fun to read what others are doing with the same pattern. If you want to wander around in the Salon, click here.
Let’s see…we have tons, I mean tons of fabric arriving daily for the fall season. We just posted some new fall printed knits and are working on getting our coatings up soon. Where I’ve fallen behind is sharing with you some of the unique fabrications we’re processing. Read the next post for the beginning of that story.
Dixie and I completed our custom button orders today. We expect them in October. In a few days, I’ll post some of the newest imports that just arrived this month.
So other than that, we’re not doing a thing–LOL!! Thanks for listening.