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Thread: Am I supposed to tip my longarmer?

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    I picked up a quilt from the longarmer yesterday. I paid her what she asked, but when I got home I wondered if it is customary to tip the quilter. I'm new at this and so I don't know the answer. What do you do?

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    I can't imagine why you would. No one tips me when they pay for my dressmaking services. ;)

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    Super Member Iluv2quilt's Avatar
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    No I don't believe you do, the charge should include everything.

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    Senior Member Shelley's Avatar
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    Usually, no.

    Here's the 'but...'

    When I was using a LAer (before I became one myself), I felt she charged way, way, way too little. These machines are expensive, you don't just get one and be good without lots of practice, expenses, thread, etc. I usually added more because she did much more than a basic quilting for a basic quilting price. She also quilted my donation quilts as a co-donor for local raffles. Now that I've been doing this for a while, I can tell you that she was still seriously underpaid, even when I added extra.

    I can tell you from other boards that the tips are celebrated because they are few and far between. I, for one, am thrilled when people grab a bunch of my cards because they want to tell their friends. Referrals are GOLD!! Tears and hugs also make my day. If you enter the quilt in a show, make sure to give her credit for the quilting, and if two ribbons aren't awarded (some shows give one for the piecer and one for the quilter), a picture of you with the quilt and ribbon for her wall is great, too.


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    Thanks. Good advice.

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    Super Member amandasgramma's Avatar
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    I would....think of it as a treat! They'll do a even better job for you next time. Heck, I even tip the kids at the fast food joints....they NEVER get tips! Oh, and I've tipped gas station attendants, too. One time, during a cold snap, I picked up apple-cider donuts on my way to work...they were still warm. I gave one to each of the attendants at a gas station...from that point on, I got my windshields washed!!! :mrgreen:

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    I like that. Good advice.

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    Member Gomeyer's Avatar
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    I figure if I tip my waitress 20% for something that lasts a few hours, why wouldn't I tip my longarmer for something that could last 100 years. Gomeyer

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    Because she owns the business and charges for her services according to her own policy. If she works for someone else, I would tip her.

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    Super Member beachlady's Avatar
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    Great question!! Thanks for the advice everyone.

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