Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 24 of 24

Thread: Am I supposed to tip my longarmer?

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    870
    I picked up a quilt from the longarmer yesterday. I paid her what she asked, but when I got home I wondered if it is customary to tip the quilter. I'm new at this and so I don't know the answer. What do you do?

  2. #2
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    SE Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,087
    I can't imagine why you would. No one tips me when they pay for my dressmaking services. ;)

  3. #3
    Super Member Iluv2quilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    4,535
    No I don't believe you do, the charge should include everything.

  4. #4
    Senior Member Shelley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Wilbur, WA
    Posts
    762
    Usually, no.

    Here's the 'but...'

    When I was using a LAer (before I became one myself), I felt she charged way, way, way too little. These machines are expensive, you don't just get one and be good without lots of practice, expenses, thread, etc. I usually added more because she did much more than a basic quilting for a basic quilting price. She also quilted my donation quilts as a co-donor for local raffles. Now that I've been doing this for a while, I can tell you that she was still seriously underpaid, even when I added extra.

    I can tell you from other boards that the tips are celebrated because they are few and far between. I, for one, am thrilled when people grab a bunch of my cards because they want to tell their friends. Referrals are GOLD!! Tears and hugs also make my day. If you enter the quilt in a show, make sure to give her credit for the quilting, and if two ribbons aren't awarded (some shows give one for the piecer and one for the quilter), a picture of you with the quilt and ribbon for her wall is great, too.


  5. #5

    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    870
    Thanks. Good advice.

  6. #6
    Super Member amandasgramma's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    La Pine Oregon, USA
    Posts
    5,911
    I would....think of it as a treat! They'll do a even better job for you next time. Heck, I even tip the kids at the fast food joints....they NEVER get tips! Oh, and I've tipped gas station attendants, too. One time, during a cold snap, I picked up apple-cider donuts on my way to work...they were still warm. I gave one to each of the attendants at a gas station...from that point on, I got my windshields washed!!! :mrgreen:

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    870
    I like that. Good advice.

  8. #8
    Member Gomeyer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Missoula Montana
    Posts
    61
    I figure if I tip my waitress 20% for something that lasts a few hours, why wouldn't I tip my longarmer for something that could last 100 years. Gomeyer

  9. #9
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    SE Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,087
    Because she owns the business and charges for her services according to her own policy. If she works for someone else, I would tip her.

  10. #10
    Super Member beachlady's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    6,753
    Great question!! Thanks for the advice everyone.

  11. #11
    Super Member Lockeb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Montreal, QC, Canada
    Posts
    2,331
    Here we tip everyone - or just about - I go to my garage - no matter what I have done with the car - I tip the mechanics, I tip the gas attendant, hairdressers, waiters, any service people.....sometimes I think we tip too much here but it has become so much a custom...........I havent used a LAQ yet....but looking for one....

  12. #12
    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Clay Springs AZ
    Posts
    3,228
    My longarmer is so cheap that I always buy her a gift for each quilt she does for me.
    She charges 45 dollars no matter what size and she binds it too.
    Of course she is so busy it takes 3 month to get your quilt back. Worth the wait.

  13. #13
    Senior Member cizzors's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Nevada
    Posts
    580
    Quote Originally Posted by Cathe
    Because she owns the business and charges for her services according to her own policy. If she works for someone else, I would tip her.

    I agree. My hair stylist works for herself and the only time I tip is when I get my highlights.

  14. #14
    Esqmommy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Tied up in Thread
    Posts
    5,153
    I agree with Cathe's logic and would not normally tip my quilter or LA'r, but Shelley, you said it all!! I think giving credit is very important.

  15. #15
    Moderator kathy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    on the Texas Coast
    Posts
    4,050
    HOLY COW! :shock: I can't believe she binds them too for that price, I can see doing a panto for any size for that price but it would NEVER include the binding! You better hang on to her.

  16. #16

    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    870
    From what I've read here, it seems tipping is a personal choice rather than customary. From now on, maybe I'll just round up when I write my check and call it good. Thanks for the answers.

  17. #17
    Super Member Tiffany's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Idaho Falls
    Posts
    1,908
    Quote Originally Posted by Gomeyer
    I figure if I tip my waitress 20% for something that lasts a few hours, why wouldn't I tip my longarmer for something that could last 100 years. Gomeyer
    True, but the long arm quilter can set her prices and a waitress cannot. Except for California and New Mexico, waiters and waitresses only make $2-$4 an hour. They don't make minimum wage and count on tips to survive. (Can you tell I'm a waitress? Lol.) That said, I know those who do long arm work are not normally paid what their time and work is worth. I find that unless I'm going through a quilt shop, I normally tip. I'm also great at spreading around a referral!! It not only helps out the gal who is doing the quilting but it also can help move your quilt up from the back of the line. :wink:

  18. #18
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    AZ
    Posts
    104
    Hi I am very new to all of this where in Phoenix is the quilt shop you have your quilting done? I will be headed there from TX shortly. Thanks

  19. #19
    Super Member thimblebug6000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    British Columbia
    Posts
    6,190
    Can't believe the price you can or would get your quilting done for.... if you have a queen size quilt with a panto here.....you would pay approx. $275 CDN (at the moment almost par) ......
    So far.... I am still able to quilt by hand....

  20. #20
    Senior Member sewaholic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    903
    I wouldn't.
    If she did a really good job buy her a plant or some chocolates and drop them off next time your passing with a little thank you note. But then again we don't tip here except occasionally at a restaurant.
    It is really expensive here to get stuff quilted.

  21. #21
    Super Member Deecee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Victoria, Australia
    Posts
    3,701
    I agree with Sewaholic. We are not into tipping here. It can cost $A200 to have a quilt done. I have only had one quilt done by a long arm quilter, I have done the rest myself.

    I do think acknowledgement should be made on the label saying who quilted it.

  22. #22
    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Clay Springs AZ
    Posts
    3,228
    I am very lucky to have my longarmer. She does good work very cheap and knows it but keeps it that way. She says that most of the work is loading the quilt on the machine so she charges the same price no matter what size. To top it off she hand sews the binding on the back.
    She is not with a shop she has hers set up at home.

  23. #23

    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    870
    Thanks to all of you for your replies. I have to say I wish that all tipping were abolished and that we simply paid people well for their hard work. If that were the case, my question would be irrelevant. I have hired a quilter three times, and each time she charged in the $150-$185 range for a bed-sized quilt and for machine sewing the binding. (I do the handwork on the binding.) I really don't know how much time it takes, but I do know the process and how expensive the machines are. The prices I've been charged seem like a bargain to me.

    When I learned to piece last summer, I was disappointed to learn that I would be hard pressed to machine quilt it on my sewing machine (bed-sized, that is). It took me a long time to decide what to do with that first completed quilt top. I worried that if I hired someone to do it, I wouldn't feel the satisfaction of having completed it myself. Hand quilting is really out for me because I have arthritis in my hands (and everywhere else for that matter). When I decided to hire a long arm quilter, it really set me free to love quilting, and I've been very prolific. I've completed nine quilts in the past 15 months. I've been bitten badly by the bug.

    I have the utmost appreciation for the work these women have done for me, and I credit them on my quilt labels and in my quilt journal. As for tipping, I think I'll put the matter to bed now (no pun intended), and just get on with loving what I'm doing. Thanks again.

  24. #24
    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Clay Springs AZ
    Posts
    3,228
    jkrzemi, PM me and I will give you her number.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.