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    Super Member nannya54's Avatar
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    I have a friend who's been asked to sew a rodeo queens outfit and we have no idea how much to charge. Does anyone, in the next few minutes, happen to know the average going ratefor garment sewing? The lady is on her way over to my friend's house, as I type. Eeeek.

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    no idea here sorry, hope someone else can be of some help

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    What is your time worth per hour? How many hours will it take to make the outfit? Multiply X times Y, you have your answer. Don't undervalue your work.

    OVER estimate the number of hours it will take. Always better to tell the customer at the end, Hey it costs less than I quoted you and they are happy.

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    At a minimum I would charge double the materials cost.

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    Thanks, that's exactly what I told her but suggested $10 an hour especially if she was working with satin. I just thought I could easily have over priced her out of a job and didn't want that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowpie2
    At a minimum I would charge double the materials cost.
    The lady is bringing all the fabric so she doesn't have to worry about that.

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    i might bartyer for french doors for a quilt and don't know if i'm coming out ahead or behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie
    i might bartyer for french doors for a quilt and don't know if i'm coming out ahead or behind.
    At least you will be coming out of new French doors!!

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    i've been charging $20 an hour for (utility) sewing for people for the past 10 years- i chose that amount thinking it was too much- so people wouldn't want me too-(can you tell-not my favorite passtime) anyhow= didn't work= people are always calling-
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    when i make clothing for someone- the hourly thing has nothing to do with it-
    that has to be based on the clothing---how many pattern pieces- how much work- the details ...
    and who's buying the pattern, fabric, notions, other materials needed? have to add all that in too...

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    My friend used to make custom horse show clothing. Lots of applique and Swarowski(?) crystals were involved. Her prices for a rail shirt were usually $1000+, and she had people lined up. Her price did include all materials.

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