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Thread: How much to pay a sewing or quilting tutor?

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    I have a limited budget, gifted to me, roughly $150. We spend summers in the mountains near a resort area, which is otherwise very economically depressed. It seems to be either you are doing well, or really struggling. I am pretty sure there are some sewers, quilters out here, and lots of retired folks. I'm going to post an ad on the local post office and country store bulletin board, asking to hire someone. I don't want them to be a pro, just experienced and knowledgeable in these areas. What do you think will be a fair amount of $ to offer per hour? I was thinking maybe $10, am I being cheap? I am getting very frustrated and don't want to give up and I thought this might be a great way to get help and for someone who might be up to this kind of thing to make some quick cash. Be nice to make a friend, too, even - who knows. Also, should I be specific about what I want to learn? Any suggestions are welcome!

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    I would suggest asking the people who apply for the job to tell you how much they want to be paid. Interview several people. You'll get a sense of what is fair from their answers, and you can choose someone whose rate fits what you can pay.


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    I think ten dollars a hour is ok. The ad I would post would just say you were looking for a person who would teach you to quilt or what ever skills you would need. I would leave how much you would pay open.

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    Before posting an ad check start a conversation with people you meet there and ask about local quilters. Library, grocery store, gas station, hardware store, someone will have a mother, aunt or grandmother that quilts. The churches would be the first place to check, most quilting groups meet at churches in rural areas. Word travels fast among locals.

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    Thanks, ladies, these are all great ideas! Hopefully I will connect with someone.

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    I have a suggestion, there are some really good tutorials here on the board that ShellyQ created just for the beginning quilter. She has pictures and really clear instructions written out. Maybe you could try these before spending money on someone to instruct you? (More money for fabrics then :wink: )

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/6460.page Lesson #1

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/7358.page Lesson #2

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/8342.page Lesson #3

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/9327.page Lesson #4

    If you have any questions about a step, or encounter a problem, you could ask for help and we could go to the lesson and be able to help walk you through it.

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    Do you nee both or either , i suggest getting someone to quilt more than likely they sew also, because if you get someone to sew they might not know how to quilt i was in florida and taught privately for $15.00 hr and that was sewing that was 8 years ago. Ask what they charge then you can play with the price.

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    I'm going to ask that the person both sews and quilts, as I'm interested in more than quilts. I think it's a good point to ask what they charge, I will be open to that...all things considered. Thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by Jerrie
    Do you nee both or either , i suggest getting someone to quilt more than likely they sew also, because if you get someone to sew they might not know how to quilt i was in florida and taught privately for $15.00 hr and that was sewing that was 8 years ago. Ask what they charge then you can play with the price.

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    Thanks for taking the time to post links, Amma! Will check them out, and see if that and questions would work. I'm afraid I am very needy here and dread next steps on my own. Personal problem I'm sure, lol.
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I have a suggestion, there are some really good tutorials here on the board that ShellyQ created just for the beginning quilter. She has pictures and really clear instructions written out. Maybe you could try these before spending money on someone to instruct you? (More money for fabrics then :wink: )

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/6460.page Lesson #1

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/7358.page Lesson #2

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/8342.page Lesson #3

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/9327.page Lesson #4

    If you have any questions about a step, or encounter a problem, you could ask for help and we could go to the lesson and be able to help walk you through it.

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    Our local quilt shops offer beginner lessons. You might want to check into that in your area.

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    I certainly would ask at a local quilt shop, or fabric shop if there is not a dedicated quilt shop. Churches are a good place to start asking for references. :lol:

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    I know of someone that moved to Chambersberg, PA and she is a great quilter. Are you near by?

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    Not sure...I will check a map. I'm in Huntingdon County. Thanks for letting me know!

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    I am also in PA, if I can help let me know. I am in Ambler and in LaJose every other weekend
    Reflect on most classes are about $35.-$45 for 3-4 hours of just one item of instruction.
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    whoever you interview ask them to please bring with them something that they have made, whether it's sewing or quilting or both. this gives you an idea of what you're buying in terms of experience.

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    Is there a quilt guild available where you are? If so, there is a wealth of information there too and quilters love to teach and help other quilters, just like here.

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    Check your local public library. Mine has tons of books on quilting which might be helpful. Look for the ones for beginners. Most helpful to me when I started a little over 2 years ago was a class for beginners at my local quilt shop. The drawback was that I had to buy the book, all tools and fabric from that shop as well as pay the fee for the class. However, I learned such good basics that I think it was worth it, and I have a large throw sampler quilt to show for it. Also, see if there's a quilt guild in your area. Someone in that group might be willing to help you simply for the love of quilting. Someone else mentioned churches--mine has a prayer quilt ministry where one can learn some basics at no charge and do a good deed at the same time. Finally, buy the best fabric and thread you can afford and get a 1/4 inch foot for your machine. I hunt for quilt shop sales as much as possible, so I pay only $4 to $6 per yard for really good fabric. Good luck! You will get hooked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzic46
    Is there a quilt guild available where you are? If so, there is a wealth of information there too and quilters love to teach and help other quilters, just like here.
    good idea. some guilds invite new people to visit. you can decide whether or not you want to join and if they will teach you, many guilds are very accommodating . (let's face it: some aren't : :evil: )

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    geez- I'd love a quilting buddy. If I found someone to sew with, I wouldn't charge anything. but I'm not near anyone so I guess I'll quilt alone. :(

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