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Thread: Making money with quilting

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    I have been thinking about starting my own business by making quilts for sale or to buy a long arm machine to do this does anyone else do this. I am retired so it would be a struggle to even start this. I also drive School Bus so I need something that I could work around that.

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-140788-1.htm

    You should read this post. Most people can't make a real living sewing, maybe a supplemental income.

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    This is like the 4th posting I have seen today with this same basic topic idea. Sounds like everyone is looking to make a little cash :) good luck

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    I think that everyone is looking for some kind of a quick fix to suppliment their incomes. I have been dreaming of buying a mid or long arm machine myself. As my husband always tells me "You want to do alot for a broke person" *LOL* Oh well if we can't have dreams then life would be pretty boring wouldn't it?
    Happy Stitchin' crafty_linda_b

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    I would kind of relate a quilting business to the stock market. If you have money to invest, but won't be hurt if you do not make anything after the investment, then go ahead. With the skyrocketing cost of materials, & the economy what it is, I think you will have a hard time actually making $ selling quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I would kind of relate a quilting business to the stock market. If you have money to invest, but won't be hurt if you do not make anything after the investment, then go ahead. With the skyrocketing cost of materials, & the economy what it is, I think you will have a hard time actually making $ selling quilts.
    This is very good advice. If you start your own quilting business you should have batting and backing available for your customers to purchase (unless they supply their own) and the freight for those items has gone up so much that some times it is not worth the cost. Good luck with your decision.

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    A friend of mine used to make quillows and sold them at a tourist gift shop in the area. Didn't make a lot of money but had fun and enjoyed how thrilled people were to meet the her.

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    quilting candy--I see you are from Chula Vista--I grew up in National City.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovinMySoldier
    This is like the 4th posting I have seen today with this same basic topic idea. Sounds like everyone is looking to make a little cash :) good luck
    I know, right? FWIW, they buy plasma locally for $50 for the first 2 donations, and then $25 for each subsequent donation. I may try my luck at that first.

    (At least I'll have cash-in-hand to buy fabric!)

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    economy, remembering that quilting (i really just do tops, cause i love to play with color), it is for those with disposable money (i have none myself), no matter how wonderful you product is, consider your investment, and your time (i never even count mine) and what your end result will be, will it make you happy (yes, of course), will it cost you (most likely), and will your time fulfill you, ie make you happy as a person, yes. your family is supportive, your children will learn color and form and balance, but

    and this is the big but

    how saleable is it,i know you will work hard and create a wonderful product, but again, could you not do smaller things, more market specific for your area, i wlll never give advice again. the movie i hate most, baby boom, diane keaton, work specific, make your mark, and move, but hold the money, cause look at how many there out there,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebecca VLQ
    Quote Originally Posted by LovinMySoldier
    This is like the 4th posting I have seen today with this same basic topic idea. Sounds like everyone is looking to make a little cash :) good luck
    I know, right? FWIW, they buy plasma locally for $50 for the first 2 donations, and then $25 for each subsequent donation. I may try my luck at that first.

    (At least I'll have cash-in-hand to buy fabric!)
    Just make sure you go twice a week. If you don't go the second time they can't use your donation and you get paid more the second time. My aunt donated plasma for a year + like 2 years ago. She used her plasma money every week to buy groceries for her family of 5. Worked for her.

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    I make and sell quilts but it is by special order only for the most part. I do have a few things that I make to place in local gift shops and they do very well especially at holiday time. I know that I will never get my "time" in money out of it but I charge a fair price and often get repeat orders. I also will hand quilt for those who have the top done and do the binding. I don't have a long arm and love to do the hand stitching.

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    before going into debt you need to make and sell a few quilts-
    build up a customer base- when you are selling enough quilts to justify the investment of a long arm- you are on your way-
    it will still take time-
    if you have never sold a quilt before- chances are going into debt to try to is not going to be a good idea....like any in home business- it takes time...you can not just hang out a sign and expect to make a living you need to have an established customer base first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovinMySoldier
    Quote Originally Posted by Rebecca VLQ
    Quote Originally Posted by LovinMySoldier
    This is like the 4th posting I have seen today with this same basic topic idea. Sounds like everyone is looking to make a little cash :) good luck
    I know, right? FWIW, they buy plasma locally for $50 for the first 2 donations, and then $25 for each subsequent donation. I may try my luck at that first.

    (At least I'll have cash-in-hand to buy fabric!)
    Just make sure you go twice a week. If you don't go the second time they can't use your donation and you get paid more the second time. My aunt donated plasma for a year + like 2 years ago. She used her plasma money every week to buy groceries for her family of 5. Worked for her.
    Really? Huh....wonder why that is! Thanks for the tip. I'm actually thinking about using it to go to Hawaii. :D :D :D

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