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Thread: What should I charge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gzbird101
    I have been hired to quilt 2 queen tops. Nothing fancy, just basic stitch in the ditch and then bind both. My dilema is that the lady who hired me is the mother in law of my sister in law so there is the family "thing". She doesn't expect me to cut my prices, but I know I will get a lot of repeat business from her and she will refer me to her quilting group so I want to give her a good deal. What would be a good price to charge her? I am thinking around $65 per quilt. Too much or not enough?? What does everyone else think or charge?
    If you want referrals, you may want to give her the 'family' price, but make it clear that others will be charged a good price (fair price) for a good job. Just ask her not to advertise your 'family price'.

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    Wow if you only charge $65 I will have to send my quilts to you! You are talking about machine quilting, right? If you are talking hand quilting, well, you are ridiculously low! I had a double quilt done by machine which was stitch in the ditch and she charged me $128. Now I do understand that on a frame, SID is supposedly more difficult.

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    Wow, I must be getting a steal of a deal, my long arm quilter is cheaper than that, but then again there are alot of long armers to choose from here and they have to compete with one another for work.. Mary is so articulate, and so much better than the one I use to go to which was almost twice as much as what Mary Charges me.. Mary only quilts my quilts, I do my own binding though..

    But I agree with everyone.. Figure out your worth, time,materials and think about what you would think was fair if the tables were turned...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaleehunter
    Quote Originally Posted by gzbird101
    I have been hired to quilt 2 queen tops. Nothing fancy, just basic stitch in the ditch and then bind both. My dilema is that the lady who hired me is the mother in law of my sister in law so there is the family "thing". She doesn't expect me to cut my prices, but I know I will get a lot of repeat business from her and she will refer me to her quilting group so I want to give her a good deal. What would be a good price to charge her? I am thinking around $65 per quilt. Too much or not enough?? What does everyone else think or charge?
    If you want referrals, you may want to give her the 'family' price, but make it clear that others will be charged a good price (fair price) for a good job. Just ask her not to advertise your 'family price'.
    I agree. But yes, it sounds like $65 would be really low.

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    Double it at least! Think how many hours you will work! I don't care if it's family or not, it's time you might have used in making something else you would enjoy more (or making dinner! lol)

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    Don't sell yourself too cheap. $100. minimum to quilt it and and extra $35. for the binding at the very least.

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    i charge $20 to attach bindings regardless of size. the quilting part...are you doing this on a home machine or long-arm? have you wrestled many queen quilts through your machine? especially if doing this the (hard-way; home machine) i would think that $75-$90 would be reasonable for the quilting part...then add the binding amount. when i do any sewing for anyone (hemming, mending, what ever) i charge $20 an hour. for quilting it is based on the size of the quilt.

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    many years ago i had someone bind a quilt for me and she charged $25 so that means you are only getting $40 for many hours of hand quilting. Search the net for Amish quilters. I had a site but can't get to it now. To me $350 would be a but right.
    Estimate the amount of time you will take and multiply by the minimum wage in your area as a start.
    I agree with the previous post. If you charge that you will get a house full of quilts to do.
    You need to do more research before giving a price and agreeing to do it.

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    I would charge by the inch/sq inch then all would know what your prices are. Don't short change yourself!!

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    In my area, binding costs almost as much as the quilting. Binding a quilt is charged by the inch just like the quilting.
    Your prices are to low for what you plan to do.

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