GreatStitch

Birthday Apparel

Oklahoma, United States · 9334 Sales

GreatStitch

Birthday Apparel

Oklahoma, United States 9334 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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The Most Important Criticism I Ever Received

Fifteen years ago I got a part time job in a sewing and craft store coordinating their educational classes. I worked with the teachers to get samples made and displayed in the store to promote sign-ups for the classes. One day as I working a lady came up and without any introduction told me quite bluntly, "You need better samples!"

At that point I could have been appalled at her directness toward someone else's work, and been rude in responding. But for some reason that day I chose another path. I thanked her and asked if she had any ideas where I could get them...and wouldn't you know, that moment changed my life! It turned out that she owned the largest distributor of heirloom sewing supplies in the country. She was in town visiting her daughter during chemo treatments for her cancer.

That was the beginning of a wonderful relationship. She not only gave me better samples for the classes I was trying to organize, but she taught unbelievable classes and shared skills and tips from a lifetime of learning. None of us who knew her during that time have ever been the same. She taught me how to see tiny details and the difference they make. That lesson stays with me today, you can see her in all of the things I create. But the most important lesson I learned from her wasn't about sewing at all. She taught me to enjoy life while you have it, because there are no re-dos.

I started sewing for my dolls on a treadle sewing machine when I was 11 years old. Over the years I have done everything from wedding gowns to leather horse show shirts.

I found the most fun people to sew for are kids. Their eyes light up and they smile from ear to ear! One little boy's mother told me he went running through the house yelling, "My choo-choo train, my choo-choo train" when he received his shirt. To me there is nothing more gratifying than making a child happy!

After my daughter struggled with and beat cancer 8 years ago, birthdays seem a little more important. So far I have been privileged to be part of more than nine thousand birthdays, and it just keeps getting better!

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  • Brenda

    Owner

    I started sewing for my dolls on a treddle sewing machine when I was 11 years old. Over the years I have done everything from wedding gowns to leather horse show shirts. To me there is nothing more gratifying than making a child happy!

  • Bob

    Shipper, Curator, Customer Service

    Bob is my wonderful hubby. He is the head proofreader! He is a writer by trade so his help is vital when we ship! When the shirts are right in every detail (which is almost always) he had a hand in proofing it!

  • Rhonda

    Photographer

    Rhonda has been a huge part of GreatStitch from the very beginning. She is the first child I sewed for and is a driving force behind all our lovely parties. Her design eye is impeccable! We use her photography in every part of GreatStitch!

  • Embroidery Professional

    Assistant

    This job is super special to me. It is where I started. We now have several girls that are trained to do this particular job. It is the most fun to me because you get to personlize the birthday shirt.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 19, 2016
Thank you for shopping with GreatStitch. If you don't see what you need, please ask!

Accepted payment methods

Payment
I accept paypal. I am in Oklahoma so orders from my state do have to be taxed.
Shipping
My normal sewing time is no more than 2 weeks from the date you place the order. I ship with Priority Mail, which normally arrives 2-3 days after I ship it out. BUT if you need your shirt sooner than 2 weeks for a special day, I would love for you to use the overnight shipping option in my shop to guarantee that it will arrive by that date. I want you to have what you want when you want it. But I cannot guarantee anything to go out in under two weeks without overnight shipping. Convo me first to see if there is room and time.
Refunds and Exchanges
GreatStitch will not refund special order merchandise. If there is an obvious manufacturer defect or I have made a mistake with the embroidery I will be more than happy to provide you with another item, as close to what you have as I can get, if i am notified within the first 7 days after confirmed delivery. There will be no returns after 30 days or if merchandise has been washed or worn.
Additional policies and FAQs
Your order will normally be in the mail to you within 2 weeks from date of purchase, but I don't guarantee anything to go out in under two weeks without overnight shipping. My normal shipping method is priority 2-3 day mail. Once it leaves my hands it is in the control of the USPS and they say up to 7 days on priority. I use Priority Mail so you can track it through paypal. If your date winds up being on a Sunday or holiday, two weeks will be the next mailing day. If you need something in a hurry, please ask first. Etsy does not require sellers to refund the money because you changed your mind.

Orders are done first come first serve. So the sooner you get the order in, the sooner you get your shirt. The overnight listing is an orange box to look for in my shop if you want it. It is $15 on top of the regular priority. I don't make anything on that. I do ship in order of purchase, unless I happen not to have your particular shirt in stock. If you are under a week, please purchase the rush order, but ask first.