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Thread: Need help

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    Senior Member gellybean402's Avatar
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    Jul 2010
    Can someone point me in the direction of how to decide what to charge for longarm quilting? I have my first customer and she made the top and backing and just wants it quilted. She only wants a simple stitch in the ditch because the top is so busy to begin with. Any ideas of what to charge for doing this?
    The top is about a double size. Thanks for any input!

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    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
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    Feb 2009
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    long-arm quilting prices vary greatly by location- also your skill level- time involved...it always cracks me up when someone says- a simple stitch in the ditch=since stitch in the ditch is one of the most time consuming/difficult quilting patterns...and usually costs alot more than an all over (panto) design.
    some quilters charge by the square inch- and that varies from about 1 1/2 cents up to 3 1/2 cents per square inch- some quilters charge by the project- basing their prices on size and time involved---they generally have a base and the price climbs from their depending on the job.
    it would be in your best interest to do some research- call around and ask what the going rate is in your area. what may cost $45 in one area could easily cost $200 some where else. if you are going to base your price on the project itself- decide what your time is worth(i charge $20 an hour just for sewing)
    good luck

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    May 2010
    I agree, but you have to start somewhere.

    When I was a very beginner, I charged 1.5 cents per square inch no matter what I did..panto, custom, stitch in the ditch.

    I soon realized that all quilting is not equal...

    It takes sooo much more time to do stitch in the ditch than even a complicated panto...

    At 1.5 cents a square inch, I generally end up getting about $10 - $12 per hour for pantos by the time you add all the time to load the quilt. I have never made that much from custom quilting...I guess Im just too particular and it takes me a very long time to complete to MY satisfaction.

    And I also am not charging for thread. Some LA Quilters add that to the per square inch price.

    Hope you are ble to settle on a fair price for you efforts and area.

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    Super Member KathyAire's Avatar
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    Feb 2010
    Fort Worth, Texas
    I agree with ckcowl, there is no such thing as 'simple stitch in the ditch' on a longarm, unless I've been living under a rock somewhere.

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    I'd probably charge around 3 cents per square inch at a minimum, as SID is very time consuming. It would make a difference, though, as to how many pieces are in each block - if it's a fairly simple block with large pieces, it would be easier than a more complex block with 144 pieces! Have you suggested an edge-to-edge/overall pattern to her? That's what I generally suggest when the top is so busy the quilting won't show very much.

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