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Thread: Anyone cut fabric for others as a business

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    Super Member clsurz's Avatar
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    I have all sorts of die-cutting machines here and am wanting to start a small business cutting fabric for folks that sew but have no clue as to what to charge.

    Do any of you use your die-cutting machines in this fashion?

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    Look on ebay. There are lots of precuts on there but I don't see them making much money from it. I guess with a die it's easier.

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    I have bought a lot of die cut shapes on ebay for less than $2 and $3 for 20 pieces and even bought a whole pre-cut kit for $19.99. Not sure how they make much money as the fabric was nice fabric. Maybe check out what its selling for and see if you want to work for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by athomenow
    Look on ebay. There are lots of precuts on there but I don't see them making much money from it. I guess with a die it's easier.

    I think she wants to cut fabric owned by others not cut her own and sell it.

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    I think the only business that could actually make a profit and keep busy with this service is a quilt shop. IMHO.

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    I don't have a die-cutting machine, but I'm too cheap to pay others to cut for me.

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    the postage back and forth would make it not worthwhile.

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    Check with your locatal fabric store you may pick up business from them. Try that before going all out in a business.

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    I"m getting ready to do a kaleidoscope and the woman who cuts for me charges 10.00 for 12 blocks which is 72 peices
    hope it helps.

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    I think for those who do a lot of applique, or like the ease of precuts would be interested in this type of service. Many precuts from manufacturers come in entire collections, where your service would provide the benefit of customer selected fabrics. It would also be great to have a quilt kit precut and then just have to sew and quilt it! I know one of our LQS's lets customers use their Accuquilt for a fee by the hour so there is market for this type of business. If you are in a Quilt Guild, you could bring this up and see if any of the members would be interested in your services. Good Luck Clsurz!

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    John Flynn's daughter sells laser cut kits, both pre-cut and custom. I don't know how well they sell but you might check her prices. http://www.flynnquilt.com/#

    If you are thinking about a local business, you might check with quilt stores and guilds and ask if they see a market for it. I know a local quilt store cuts fabric (for free) for one of the elderly quilters. I agree that mailing fabric back and forth would drive the cost way up.

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    I looked into it. Zero interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grace MooreLinker
    Check with your locatal fabric store you may pick up business from them. Try that before going all out in a business.
    I don't think I ever said I was going all out in a business. I'm looking how to price cutting for other locally that have asked me to do so.

    Guess I pretty much just want to recoup some dollars on wear and tear of dies and machine and certainly on the mats used to cut.

    Even though some would not pay someone else to cut for them many would and in my area with many quilters being older, or those with medical problems who love to quilt or those who choose not to invest in a machine and dies are more than willing to pay someone else to cut for them.

    And I'm willing to do so but won't do it for free since my time is valuable and the use and replacements of mats and dies should be compensated in some fashion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissSandra
    I"m getting ready to do a kaleidoscope and the woman who cuts for me charges 10.00 for 12 blocks which is 72 peices
    hope it helps.
    Yes it does. Thank you.

    Have a price in mind but wanted to see if it was in line with others that do the same.

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