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    Professional quilters

    How much should a professional quilter charge to piece a customers backing and backing?

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    I don't know I am not a professional quilter.

    There should be one along soon.
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    I don't think there is any "should." It's a function of how much the quilter values her time spent doing these jobs. Not every longarmer is willing to piece the backing or batting, or trim the quilt after quilting, or apply binding. These are all jobs that some take on in addition to the quilting in order to earn extra money and provide an additional service to their customers.

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    I do not take on these tasks. IMHO that is the responsibility of the piecer. My time is too valuable to spend it on doing someone else's work. That may sound a bit harsh but not intended to be.

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    I, on a few occasions have pieced a backing for a customer. I do not piece batting for customers, I provide batting that fits their quilt. The Piecing, batting, trimming, & binding services are additional charges added to the quilting bill. About $20 an hour - with a $20 minimum for Piecing backing and machine stitching binding to one side. I charge more for hand stitching the binding to the other side if they want that done. Each additional service is dependent on many factors, size of quilt, materials, amount of Piecing, is the binding made, pressed, included....everything depends, is discussed and agreed on before any work is done.
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    for those of us that quilt for others, time is $$. So for each additional task, beyond quilting, I charge. To piece a back (2 lengths of yardage sewn together and pressed) I charge $10. If I have to clip threads, press the top, press the back, trim excess bat/backing or deal with binding, all are extra charges beyond the cents/inch. I do not charge to load the quilt or per bobbin, but know others that do (I roll my time doing that into the cents/inch.) Please keep in mind that a long arm machine often starts used at $10,000, a cone of good thread at $12+, a maintenance call (without problems) at $350 or more depending on travel distance, electricity, etc all add up pretty quickly.

    I'd add that pricing often depends on the region you live in and number of quilters available. I even know some that take a loss because they do such a high volume and use cheaper bat, etc.

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    Thank you all, this has been very helpful.

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    I charge $5 and $10. for king

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsilas View Post
    How much should a professional quilter charge to piece a customers backing and backing?
    I charge $10 per seam plus $10 per hour. I just finished pressing and sewing a client's and charged $35.

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    When asked, I quote $25-$30, depending on what the person is wanting. Much like a CPA, Dentist, or Hairdresser, they are paying for the "Knowledge" you possess. If they provide all the materials needed my time charge doesn't change.
    Sadly to many women sell themselves cheap. I haven't had any takers as yet, although some of the folks have asked to buy quilts I've already made. Again, I price them by what they're worth. A LOT.
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