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    Super Member chickadeee55's Avatar
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    I know how you feel.

    My own sister did this to me, do people just forget they asked for one, that you didn't offer or give it as a gift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chickadeee55
    I know how you feel.

    My own sister did this to me, do people just forget they asked for one, that you didn't offer or give it as a gift.
    There's a responsibility on the one who does the work to ASK for the $$ when they finish the work ... no $, no purse (or whatever it is)

    As above, do you walk out of Joanne's with whatever you want and pay whenever you think of it in a 100 years?

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    At least the boss paid for all the supplies so you are just out your time. With that one, I would put on my happy face and get on with life. A job these days is more important than getting paid for my time. The co-worker, I would say lesson learned too and not make anything again without money up front.

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    I now tell people no..sewing is my hobby, taking money for it makes it job, and I already have a job. Or that it takes five hours sewing time, you come and clean my house for five hours and I will sew you a bag...

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    So sorry this has happened to you! It most certainly makes for an uncomfortable situation, doesn't it? I had a co-worker admire my Bow-tuck bag and ask if I'd make her one. When I told her I'd be happy to...for $40...she gulped and said no thanks. But, she does not seem to get concerned over spending more than that on a Vera Bradley bag. LOL

    As far as festivals/craft shows go (mentioned by a later poster)...I have noticed at the ones I have been to lately that there really is not much there of worth. I see lots of 'resale' type things but not much that I would want to spend my money on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie B
    I like to make purses and know that the Pellion is not cheap & never goes on sale....I consider myself lucky to find it a coupon to use for it. I've given some away as gifts and have sold a few. By the time I buy the materials (I don't even really count my time) I don't make a lot of money. I do have some that I will be trying to sell at a church festival in a few weeks along with some small quilts & quilted table/bed runners. I went to a large craft festival the other day & purses were everywhere for $12 to $20, but when I looked inside they were ALL made in China. I saw some really pretty quilts there, too. And guess what...made in China. My Mom told me that I'd probably never sell the purses that I've made, because people will think they're over priced. Makes me sick! It will be my first festival and at least at this festival they want homemade things and say that 95% of your things should be homemade. But, I'm worried that I've put in money & my time & I'll be a flop! As you say "lesson learned".
    Don't worry about what you don't sell. They will make Great gifts for Christmas, birthdays and such.
    I carry a china sweat shop quilt that has been washed 3 times, mind you I got it at a yard sale not at wal-mart, because I don't support sweat shop work. This I use as a demonstration of what made in china sweat shops get you.
    Our homemade products last and last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by familyfun
    Ok.. I made a purse for myself and took it to work. They went nuts over it. I work in a Very small dept. Only 6 people. One of the girls ask me to make her one. She has 2 kids with another on the way and her husband is having trouble finding another job after getting laid off. So I said. Yes I will make you one and you can just pay for the Pellon. I used scaps I probably would not have used in another project so when it was finished she loved it. I told her $10 dollars. Well did I get the money NO..
    My Boss (who I absolutley LOVE) ask me to make her one. She said. I will pay you for your time. She then bought all the supplies (including thread) I made it. she carries it. has gotten compliments on it. But never paid me either..
    So Lesson learned .. I will NOT be making anymore purses for people unless I get at least 1/2 the money up front.
    I'm in the 1/2 down group and payment on pick up.
    I have a quilt a man gave me to redo for him, he said his
    g-ma made it for him. She had painted the blocks, all indian pics, he loved it to death. The sashings and backing and batting in bad shape, but her painted blocks in good shape. Got my 1/2 down and showed him the quilt when he came out to get it, but he only 1/2 the last payment and I still have the quilt. Its been 7 years and he has yet to come and pay the rest. His loss. I have 3/4s the money and the quilt.

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    Say no next time.

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    Your boss: Ask her if you can take a few hours off in lieu of the money she owes you for the bag, or will she rather pay you in cash?

    Your co-worker: Ask her the bag back because you need to get the money back for the materials that you put into it and eBay is givig away free listings right now.

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    don't you just love people? hopefully someone else will ask for one and you can say " can't do it, two people haven't paid me yet as it is!!!"
    good luck.
    and next time you make something and take it to work, say a friend sent it to you as a gift!

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    Remind them that christmas is coming and your making your list of what you have to buy, and ask them if they know when they will pay you for the purses - so you can figure that into the budget or not. (may need to point out that the money is going to a certain person's gift)

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    I think I would get one of these receipt books and write her out a bill and hand it to her and say, "I forgot to give you your bill before, if you could pay me now it sure would help". Or something of that sort

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Quote Originally Posted by luv-e
    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy
    Remind them of what they owe. A thank you card for using your services with a hand written dollar amount owed in it should be sufficient to get paid.
    I like this one...you are being kind but still let them know they owe you money......Give them the card when they get paid! Then people wonder why we don't want to make anything on credit????????? Our hearts are too big and we are proud of our work and feel flattered they like it.
    ......... and we are eager to please!
    Then get burned!! :)

    Once bitten, twice shy!
    I agree with this and then if nothing comes your way, mark in RED pen in BIG letters on your calendar their name along with amount owing...
    I do hope you get your money,not nice being out of pocket for these people.

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    I'm so sorry that happened to you. It doesn't sound like you'll ever be paid unless you come out and ask them. I bet you'll think twice before ever sewing for someone else again.

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    I would rather pay for and have the ones you make than to buy one made in China.

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    I have an acquaintance who tried to constantly use me by starting her sentences with 'can you do me a huge favor?' At first, because I thought we were friends, I'd help her. Now, after getting burned and put on the back burner in her life, I've learned to 'just say NO'. I choose not be used or abused. She is no friend.
    Same thing with sewing jobs - just say no - people just don't want to pay for something you put so much time and effort into.

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    We have a sales receipt with two copies. Deposit and money due are clearly stated. X amount of days to pick up and then we start to charge storage. Quotes have a specific time before the price expires.
    When we write up an order and after the customer has signed the order, we give 'em the 3rd copy.
    Have the answers before the customer asks the question. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltbeagle
    Your boss: Ask her if you can take a few hours off in lieu of the money she owes you for the bag, or will she rather pay you in cash?

    Your co-worker: Ask her the bag back because you need to get the money back for the materials that you put into it and eBay is givig away free listings right now.
    I agree.

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    A few yrs ago, a neighbor was asked to make a baby quilt & they agreed on the price.She was never payed & to add insult to injury,was invited to a baby shower of a friend....one of the gifts came from the woman who didn't pay.Yes, it was the baby quilt.!!!!!

    When I'm asked about making a quilt, my standard reply is....go to a LQS,pick out a pattern,the fabric & thread.I'll let you know the cost.That's the end of that!!

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    Stick to your guns on charging for your work, and getting 1/2 your money up front. Your talent is definitely worth something or they wouldn't be looking at your pretty purses and asking you to make them one!

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    UUHHMM -- I had a similar thing - but with giving a "friend" lifts to shops, quilt club evenings and shows etc. Then I had the audacity to ask for some pennies towards petrol - and my time - NO NOTHING --- in the end I had it out with her and, although I was upset at the time - I have got over it now.
    DottyD.

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    Send them an invoice??Perhaps you could approach them over coffee when everyone else is there, and say in passing,"By the way girls - those bags made for you - I will be quite happy to accept a dollar down and a dollar a week until you pay them off."
    In future,even if you do get a deposit to make it, don't part with it until you get paid for the other half, would be my advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AUQuilter
    Sorry to hear about that. One of my purses got some attention recently and one person said she would like for me to make her one and how$$$. I said $50 minimum made with same quality fabric-no changes and I would need 1/2 up front. She said , "Uhm, that's too expensive. So no thanks." Hubby said - "Good for you. You spend a lot of time searching for fabrics, putting them together, sewing and finishing your projects. Why would anybody think you would do it for less?"
    I agree.I had someone say,"You only make it while you're watching television anyway."So with an attitude like that, I told her that if she thought it was so easy,she should give it a go and make it herself...haven't been pestered to make one since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willferg
    I know it's hard to ask for money, and in a perfect world, you shouldn't have to. But I learned from an old boss that's it's okay to ask. He would say something like, "The total you owe me for the purse is x. I know money is tight, but when do you think you can get it to me?" Get a specific date, and then on that date (if you aren't paid sooner), say, "You mentioned you'd have the money for the purse today, and I was wondering if you have it for me."

    He used to say, "What did you ever buy that you didn't have to pay for?

    I don't mean to put the blame on you in any way, but letting people get away with this (and it's often unintentional forgetfulness) isn't fair to you because it makes you feel bitter and burned, and you sound like too generous a person to have to carry that burden.

    Just my two cents!
    Can I hear an AMEN --- it works!!!

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    its fine to make for friends-co-workers but you need to learn they do not get it until you get paid- just like at the store- the money changes hands before the product goes out the door...
    or if someone says will you make me one say sure- i need $20 to get started- or what ever you plan to charge- when you have the money- go make the item.
    i make beach bags//tote bags for co-workers all the time- when they give me money- i make them a bag- no hard feelings involved.

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