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    How to charge for embroidery

    I have an embroidery machine and would like to put names on shirts and designs. How would I charge? Thanks for your help.
    Last edited by PatriceJ; 05-21-2012 at 11:32 AM. Reason: don't ask. LOL LOL LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruby the Quilter View Post
    I have an embroidery machine and would like to put names on shirts and designs. How would I charge? Thanks for your help.
    Size of design and/or # of colors used.

    But please make sure you proofread first. This post gave me a laugh :-).
    Last edited by PatriceJ; 05-21-2012 at 11:32 AM.

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    The going rate used to be $1 per 1,000 stitches + $0.25 per thread color change, with a $5.00 minimum
    If someone wants you to do a bunch of something with different names, i make them send me an email with the names so I don't have to type them in and possibly have a typo.

    HMMM, now I'm trying to figure out what the typo was in the OP. ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    The going rate used to be $1 per 1,000 stitches + $0.25 per thread color change, with a $5.00 minimum
    If someone wants you to do a bunch of something with different names, i make them send me an email with the names so I don't have to type them in and possibly have a typo.

    HMMM, now I'm trying to figure out what the typo was in the OP. ;-)
    Me, too. Or was it "putting names on designs"??

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    ? didn't see anything wrong with what you wrote.
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    Looks like the first two posts were edited by a moderator; whatever the "slip" was, it was probably removed! Now our imaginations can run rampant........

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    Thank you - I was trying to figure out even where to start to figure out how to price work for a friend. She wants to pay, but I had no idea where to begin. It has 4 large corner motifs of roses (5 colors each, 1 hour work each), framing 2 center sections (looks like one column of words) that I had to digitize (15 minutes each) and sew out (also 15 minutes each.) I don't like to do this type of work but she really wanted to do an Anniversary wall piece for her friend and she wants to pay.

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    Digitizing requires some expertise, so I would add in an hourly charge JUST for the digitizing time. Maybe $20 to $40 per hour?

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    Okay, just added up the stitches and thread changes. Using the above formula, and not charging for thread or digitizing it adds up to $65! I had no idea. I'm not comfortable charging that much to a friend. I think from now on, I need to tell any that wants me to whip something that the price is $1 per 1,000 stitches + $0.25 per thread color change, with a $5.00 minimum. That way I won't get stuck with an overload of work. Most times I don't mind, but sometimes it gets to be a bit much. My fault - I need to learn the word NO. My original suggestion to her was for me to embroider in inside sentiment and them have her do a crazy quilt around as a frame border.

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    it's just like people wanting quilts, they have no idea of the time and effort and money that it takes

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    There is a thread on on this web site that chats about embroidery machine & general emb. info. If interested go to search at top of this page and put in embroidery machine then scroll down to embroidery machine lets chat. This thread contains a lot of good embroidery stuff.
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    I just hate to take on any project that detailed. I will do names based on the # of letters but also set a flat rate for a Single Letter 2 Letters or a Monogram. I also take into account the font used. Some letters in different fonts have more stitches. Embroidery retailers will charge a set up fee, thread color fee and # of stitches fee...that's why it costs so much. For what you are talking about $65 is a good price. If you have to digitize the design, a good digitizer charges about $35.00 for a simple design

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruby the Quilter View Post
    I have an embroidery machine and would like to put names on shirts and designs. How would I charge? Thanks for your help.
    I only charge $3 for a first name.Alot also has to do with where you are,like cities you can get more money for it than if you live out in the middle of nowhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy View Post
    it's just like people wanting quilts, they have no idea of the time and effort and money that it takes
    Exactly my thoughts!
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    I figured out what the typo was before it was edited. It was #2 and designs. He he he!
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