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    Quilt Lessons

    Hello everyone. I was wondering if quilters can give me some information on what is a reasonable rate to charge to teach beginner quilt classes. I am interested in teaching beginners cut, piece, and then do basic quilting such as stitch in the ditch, shadowing, free motion stippling, etc. Does the size of the project affect the rate I should charge, for example I can teach how to make a lap quilt, tote bags, christmas stockings, etc. Also, do you rent your machine and supplies, etc. All help would be greatly appreciated.
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    Are you looking at private lessons, or group? Our LQS charges $25/hour for private lessons, you bring your own machine etc. Also, your LQS should offer lessons. You can divide the price by number of hours the class is long. Then decide what the minimum number of students would be.
    Some folks rent their Long Arms, but I haven't heard of renting regular machines & other equip. I'll be curious to see what the replies to this are.
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    Yes I was thinking private lessons as I do not have a lot of space. I have space for 2. I wasn't sure about supplies since I figure as a beginner they may not have the supplies or even a sewing machine.
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    The number of classroom hours and the expense of materials supplied should be the deciding factors for how much to charge. I think it is best if the student learns on her own machine, and uses her own supplies for the most part (rulers, mats, rotary cutters, etc.) with the teacher possibly supplying iron and ironing board. For semi-private lessons I would expect to pay more than for larger group lessons. I would also expect to pay more for a nationally recognized teacher with lots of teaching experience. Other than that, I think it comes down to how much people in your area are willing to pay and how much you need to charge to make it worthwhile to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beeboop71 View Post
    Yes I was thinking private lessons as I do not have a lot of space. I have space for 2. I wasn't sure about supplies since I figure as a beginner they may not have the supplies or even a sewing machine.
    In my area for Semi - private lessons the rate is between $12.00 $15.00 per hour .. this is a class no larger than 3 . Private lessons are about $20.00 to $25.00 per hour in the teachers home.. more if teacher travels to your home. Now days ... with so much strange stuff.. people are reluctant to go to anyones home they do not know.

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    Oh boy! I sure wish someone in my area would give lessons. I am sure when I finish my first quilt (hopefully within the next 2 weeks) it will not look as good as I had pictured in my mind. I started kind of blindly and by the time I got on the internet to learn a thing or two it was too late and frustrating for me to start over. Can't you move to Mississippi? Terina

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    Will you need to take out extra Homeowners insurance? I'm thinking about not only if they have an accident on your property (rotary cutters are sharp!), but if they damage something of yours.
    Lang may yer lum reek. (I'm a knitter - hence - 'Knit-ette'. Confuses a lot of people!)

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    It depends how many hours are the class. If it is like a day and goes 2-3 session I wouldn't charge less than 60-70 dollars per person. Most classes I have paid anywhere from 35-80 dollars depending on how long the class is. An all day class usually 35 but 2 session usually run more. It sounds like you will have multiple session so maybe you want to charge 30-35 per session
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    our quilt shops and friends here are very nice to beginners most all shops have a free sewing day at least once a month some more often and they help a person understand a pattern then.the small towns has groups that meet in fire halls ---churches and or senior centers so guess we..are very fortunate to have all this open sewing at our finger tips

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    My comment on renting machines for people.......if they plan to quilt they should definitely have their own sewing machine......what sewer doesn't have a sewing machine?
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    Thanks to all who responded to my thread. Everyone's comments are helpful and have given me other things to think about. Happy quilting!
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    I have some advice for you, I have been teaching at a LQS for several years (independant) It would be better if you could rent a classroom at a store, rather than have students come to your house. Some people will want to stay for extra hours, they end up using your supplies, seems like they always forget something or need something they don't have. Usually you will have to ask to be re-imbursed for the supplies they used. Also some will feel like they can call and ask to run over for a quick minute to have you help with something since your home anyway. Plus most of the stores will give your students a discount when they purchase class supplies. If you do decide to teach out of your home, please check with your homeowners insurance, you may want to increase your liability coverage. accidents do happen, I've only had one student get hurt, i had just said please be careful when I heard "Ouch" then I saw the blood. Just my opinion, I have meet many dear friends from my classes and love to teach. Hugs
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    Thanks for the great advice Gail, you have some great points! You are the second person to mention about home insurance in case there is an accident. Something I did not think about and is a concern to me now. I may want to reconsider teaching out of my home. Again thanks!
    Bernice
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    One other thing - check to make sure there are no zoning laws in your community preventing home businesses (or worse, an HOA agreement).

    Hope your venture goes well.

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    I agree with Gail-r. Check with your local quilt store to see if you can use their classroom. Who knows, they may not charge you if you get enough students in there and they buy stuff!

    Right now I'm paying $30 a quarter for a 3 hour class taught once a month so that works out to $10 for 3 hours. We wind up buying most of our supplies from them.

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    A person in our community set up a small shop where she taught sewing classes, and people rented her machines (all machines were alike). If people simply wanted to rent a machine with no class involved other than one-on-one help as needed, that was also available. To my knowledge she didn't have any problems with people using/renting her machines. However, I think that business model may work for some communities and not for others.

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    don't base the classes on your providing the machines eqipment etc. A serious student should buy these. You could as a start provide a small kit to begin but then they should bring their own You are there to teach and not to be the supply store. And if they don't have their own machine and other supplies who's wil they expect to use when they want to quilt

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    You could check with your LQS to see they are hiring staff and some one to teach classes. I took beg quilting class from my LQS for $60 for 2-3 hr a week for 4 weeks. We were expected to bring our own machine and quilting supplies and we were EXPECTED to buy our fabric from the store. several LQS in my area have several teacher and some who specilize in different quilting techniques.

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    I paid 20.00 and did one block a week. We did 12 blocks all different. Learned a lot. She provided all the fabric and I had a beautiful quilt at the end.

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