Please take the Economic Impact Survey

I’m not above begging. Please take this survey I created in an attempt to measure the impact of the CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) on small businesses like yours. It is industry neutral meaning it works for any industry so please pass the link around on line. Obviously, the goal is to attempt to measure the effects of the law on businesses which thus far, the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) has implied would be negligible. Right. If you’re a larger concern, the AAFA created a survey that may be more appropriate but there’s no reason you couldn’t do both.

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Kathleen Fasanella

Kathleen started production patternmaking in 1981. Starting in 1993, she began providing consulting and engineering services to manufacturers, small companies, and startups with an emphasis on developing owner-operator domestic cut-and-sew operations. In 2015 she opened a 5,000 sqft. fully equipped sewing factory: The Sewing Factory School. Kathleen is the author of The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Sewn Product Manufacturing, the most highly rated book of any topic in the garment industry. She's been mentioned numerous times in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, National Public Radio, Boston Globe, LA Times, Vogue, French Vogue and has at least 15 Project Runway alums at last count. Kathleen writes nearly all of the articles on and hosts its forum, the largest private online community for apparel manufacturers on the web.

12 thoughts on “Please take the Economic Impact Survey”

  1. Mike, as a mother of 6 and a grandmother of 5, I am very happy to see some regulations on the imported products that have been causing such a problem for our children. However, thousands of small businesses in the U.S, like mine, are buying components to make our products from safe legitimate sources. In fact, many of us that are making soft goods are purchasing our fabrics from the same wholesalers. Obviously, we are not adding lead to our products after we purchase these safe fabrics, so why can’t we get a testing certification from these major fabric manufactures to show that the components are safe. My company actually makes multiples products from the same fabrics and would have to have each product of each fabric tested at several thousand dollars apiece. We are actually trying to make handmade safer products for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.

  2. This legislation is going to hurt. Our economy cannot take the hit. The Goodwill and Consignment stores do a lot of good for communities and help families who cannot afford to buy brand new. Yes, testing for lead and other bad elements is a good idea, however, would you rather fill a landfill with clothing and have children without said clothing that is likely quite safe? I don’t run my own business, but I am a SAHM of twins that relies on all the business’ that sell second hand clothing as do many other parents in my community.

  3. I agree with Terry above. I don’t own a business but this is also going to be hurting so many families that rely on second hand for clothing. We outfit our whole family second hand. I NEVER NEVER buy new clothing.

  4. I have made custom carved rocking horses since 1986. Never a one copied all are original with their own themes and stories behind them. This will put me out of business my children are just starting to learn the work behind the art. My family is devastated thinking that we may never sell another horse or be able to see a child riding one. This law will bankrupt us and millions of others The time of mom and pop run shops is tough enough in this economy. 2-10-09 it will become the past .

  5. I started my children’s wear manufacturing business from my home. If these regulations had been in place at the time, I would never have been able to start my own business. I have now been in business 25 years. I have over 300,000.00 in inventory. There is no way that I can comply with testing. I have too many small lots of different styles. I also have an internet store that we use to sell over runs of our goods. This law will bankrupt me and all I have worked for all my life will be destroyed by senators and congressmen who know nothing about the business. I am 60 years old. It is too late for me to start over. Someone with some clout, please stop this insanity.

  6. I think that its good that there are people who want to look out for our children’s safety, however I think that is up to the purchaser to make the decision to test. As a frequenter of children’s resale shops, I can’t imagine the impact it will have on them. I vote against it. Its rediculous.

  7. The third option is to go underground and barter off the books. Use the internet and friends to build alliances and keep big government off your backs. Don’t report ANYTHING to these power mad DC cretins, and deprive them of the tax money that supports their caviar lifestyle.

  8. Thank you thank you thank you. This is in my Google Reader, and I’m doing every.single.thing. possible to make this hear about.

    Please utilize even more social media outlets and create a and page. I searched for Richard Woltenberg on both, as well as Learning Resources and National Bankruptcy Day and nada. You will have hundreds, if not thousands, of additional activists. We need this to reach as many browsers, emails, readers as we can in a very, very short time.

  9. I didn’t believe the person who told me about this law. The only thought that comes to mind is of Nero fiddling while Rome burns. Sadly, our congress doesn’t have a clue about the American people, they don’t trust us, and they are meddlesome, thoughtless intruders. The only thing they know about the economy is how to steal and self promotion through graft and greed.

  10. We have won a victory in the 1 year postponement. Lets not let this cause us to slack up in our pressing against this law as it stands. We just have another year to fight the specifics of this law. Keep up the good work everyone.

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