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Thread: How much to charge?

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    Super Member katesnanna's Avatar
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    I've been asked to sew some curtains by a fellow my husband knows but I've only just met. They are to go in a bus he is doing up as a mobile home. I'm wondering if $15.00 per curtain is a fair price. I've asked my best friend and she thinks it's reasonable. Would be interested in others opinions. The aussie & American dollars are about even today.

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    I would say so, but only for your time/labor. Material is expensive nowadays and if they aren't providing the fabric (i.e. - if they are choosing anything in your stash) you might charge extra for what they will use from it or the actual cost of purchase for a new fabric selection of their choice from whatsover vendor. Also if his bus doesn't already have the means to hang them - then you will also have to charge for rods that will work etc to hang them as you will need to take that into account during fabrication. Best of luck!

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    Forgot to say just for making them. He will supply fabrics and notions.

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    Curtains in a store are pretty expensive....I would see what type he is looking for then look at a few stores to see what they are selling for. Let them supply the Fabric and Thread.

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    That seems fair since they will provide the fabric, and these will be on the smaller size, so go for it!

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    I charge 10.00/hr plus materials and I don't do anything fancy. Plus, make sure you quote a minimum.

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    Depends on how much work...I did panels for my niece which she also wanted lined so I charged 15 per panel...30 per set.

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    I did curtains for the windows in my RV, just quickie WOF with rod pocket with header at top and hem at the bottom. Took next to no time to get 'em done. If you line them, then I'd charge more, but for the ones like I did, I think your price is about right. If the fabric he's chosen is difficult to work with then again you might want to charge more, but most drapery fabric is easy to deal with and I doubt he's wanting silky sheers!

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    are you buying the fabric or is he?
    if you are purchasing i think $15 is way too low.
    how many curtains?
    when sewing for other people (basic sewing projects-not quilting) i charge cost of materials( fabric, thread, patterns...what ever is needed) plus $20 an hour sewing time.
    must not be considered too high because i get lots of requests.

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    Think of your time....I think what you said is reasonable also....let them provide material etc, or go with them to pick out,,,sometimes people need help with this too..u would know what u are going to be working with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilticing
    I charge 10.00/hr plus materials and I don't do anything fancy. Plus, make sure you quote a minimum.
    this is a fair price i also would have him purchase the fabric

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    Thank you to everyone who answered. Yes he will buy the fabric, gathering tapes and thread. I've told him $15.00 per curtain and he's quite happy with that.
    I truly appreciate everyone's answers. I always agonize over charging people. I'm afraid I may quote too much.
    Once again thank you all for your input.
    Happy Quilting

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    Quote Originally Posted by katesnanna
    Thank you to everyone who answered. Yes he will buy the fabric, gathering tapes and thread. I've told him $15.00 per curtain and he's quite happy with that.
    I truly appreciate everyone's answers. I always agonize over charging people. I'm afraid I may quote too much.
    Once again thank you all for your input.
    Happy Quilting
    I would be happy to pay that price! BUT I think that you did not charge enough! How many hours did you have in this project? Just curious.
    sandy

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    I was asked by several people to cut their fabric on my studio...I have no idea what to charge...so I said No...its really really hard to charge people...I would rather put my pieces in a store and price and do it that way then price people I know. I have a full time job now so I do not cut fabric for others...but maybe someday

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