Need to Get a Small Run of Clothes of Your Own Design Manufactured?
There are two kinds of orders that clothing manufacturers can manage: bulk orders and small-quantity orders. The structure of the sewing facility is different.
1.) Large order
If the manufacturer of clothing takes on the order in bulk, an order of a significant quantity from large to medium size customers, The wholesale cost is meager. The margin of profit per piece produced is tiny. However, it is compensated by the massive volume of merchandise delivered. Large quantity orders typically mean the order is more than 5000 pieces.
This type of amount allows the establishment of an entire production line. It can take up to one full day to set up this line of production. This means the physical movement of the machines in order that they are arranged in a way that’s appropriate for the particular clothes to be made. It requires expensive expertise, the capabilities of mid to high-level production workers.
Once the set-up is complete, after which the chain can operate virtually by itself, with no (less costly) labor costs, a couple of days into production, the efficiency rises because the sewers are adjusted to the new line of production. As the efficiency increases, the clothing maker earns profit while offering clothing at a highly competitive price.
2.) Orders in small quantities:
Another scenario for a clothing producer is to accept orders from clients with smaller amounts. Prices per unit are different (higher) because the company involved in the process is distinct. If you’re taking a small order of clothing, let’s say, less than 5000, then the structure of production lines is not necessary. A group comprised of 20 to 30 sewers could produce the amount of 5000 items in an entire week, or even more, based on the clothing that is ordered.
Making sure to take care of a smaller batch of clothes can make the entire process of making clothing very different for the clothes manufacturer:
– A clothing company cannot waste a single day to organize production lines, but it requires more time to complete the task than the time that is saved through the improvement in productivity.
During the time that this order is produced by sewers and the company is working on an order for the following one.
The translation of the client’s file, as well as sourcing, cutting, embroidery, or printing, all need to happen prior to sewing.
Small orders are handled by a specific department in the company that manufactures clothing. The department is typically comprised of highly skilled supervisors and sewers who take on every cost required for the mass production of clothes; however, these costs are distributed over a smaller amount, resulting in a price per unit.
3) The correct amount you need:
If you’re planning to have a limited run of your own design produced, then the most effective option is to talk to one of our consultants from Ellen Clothing Manufacturer. The consultant you speak to will assist you in figuring out the ideal quantity for your company.
The best amount for your company isn’t necessarily the most compact one. The right amount could be lower than what you envision. The exact amount depends on a variety of variables, including the design of the clothing and the wholesale target price. If you are discussing how big your production is, other technical considerations such as printing, sourcing dyeing, stone-washing, or dying should be considered as they could result in an additional cost.
Let’s look at a basic illustration of a buyer searching for a manufacturer of t-shirts for a limited run of T-shirts. The cost for dying the fabric is about 200 USD. The cost is the same regardless of whether the order is for 200 or 50 T-shirts. This is because the price is based on the time needed to die, which is the same for 50 meters and 200 meters.
Another example: When the designer creates the design for a garment, it can take anywhere from one to 2 hours, based on the design of the cloth. The cost (the work time of skilled workers) is not based on the number of times that the pattern is utilized. Thus, it could make sense to spread this cost across a more substantial number of items, say 200 garments rather than 100.
I highly suggest being clear about the target pricing for wholesale and retail. This will be the only way that your consultant will be able to help you figure out the best quantity to fulfill your purchase.