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    Super Member jitkaau's Avatar
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    Normal price in this neck of the woods is about $3 per square metre by machine. However, if you are doing it by hand, I would triple that!

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    A quilt shop where I took lessons for my longarm said that if you do binding for people and charge by the inch it will cost more than the quilting. She said to discourage people from asking you to do binding cause it will take more time than the quilting. She said to charge enough to make it well worth your while.

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    I wouldn't go quite that low either. Maybe 85 to 100, but only for family

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    hi i pay 3.60 a sq ft

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    I would chg her at least $100. per quilt, that is alot of work! And I would tell her, that was a family price! Also, I would tell her up front if you have trouble with it, or run into problems, it could be more! I did one one time for a lady, and it was a nightmare!Her sewing was awful,squares weren't cut right, seams not the same width, and none of it matched up! When doing the binding,her handy work had folds in it! UGH!!!
    You can't fix someones elses boo-boos, not when your finishing it, all the boo-boos come out and rear t
    heir ugly heads!Then if that wasn't enough, she expected me to do it for nothing because she knew me! Never again!

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    I have never paid to have quilting done (yet) however a friend of mine had a lap size quilt done by a long-arm person locally -=- the quilt is a lap size and the quilter charged her $80 for a simple design. Don't sell yourself short.

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    I pay 1 per sq inch, plus 1 per inch for the binding. I furnish top, batting and backing. She assembles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gzbird101
    I have been hired to quilt 2 queen tops. Nothing fancy, just basic stitch in the ditch and then bind both. My dilema is that the lady who hired me is the mother in law of my sister in law so there is the family "thing". She doesn't expect me to cut my prices, but I know I will get a lot of repeat business from her and she will refer me to her quilting group so I want to give her a good deal. What would be a good price to charge her? I am thinking around $65 per quilt. Too much or not enough?? What does everyone else think or charge?
    Since she doesn't want you to cut your prices I'd suggest you charge her whatever you would charge anyone else. If others that she refers you to have jobs for you they will probably expect to pay what she did. You can always do something extra for her as a way to thank her as 'family' for giving you some business.

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    My quilter charges 15 cents per inch to sew the binding with the machine and hand sew down on the back and at least 1 cent per square inch to quilt (example: a quilt 60 by 60 would be $36.00, 70 by 70 $49, 80 by 80 $64, etc. Hope this helps.

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    Depends - are you doing it by hand or machine? Long arm or regular machine. I am paying approx. $.10-.15 cents per square inch for long arm quilting services.

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    I think you are on the low side too. I have had some quilts machine quilted and it usually runs around $100 - that does not include putting the binding on - I do that myself. Again it depends on the size of the quilt - mine are full to queen size.

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    Sounds low to me. I would find out what a quilt shop would charge and go from there.

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    That is really a low price. Around here at least 100.00, probably more.

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    I was thinking no less tan $125. Thats a lot of work. I did a double size for $100 on my regular machine. I figure I did well since she came back again. Don't feel quilting about your work or prices. Its a beautiful day here in Texas . Hope yours is too. I should been out walking. :)

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    I paid 189.50 for the quilt I had machine quilted for me (this included the batting). This was a quilt that measured 110 x 112, and I wanted a particular pattern stitched on it. My Long arm quilter has an international following that probably influences her pricing, but her price was comparable to others I checked with. Her work is amazing. I am the worst perfectionist on earth, and I can't find any mistakes. PM me if you want contact info.

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    Figure out the square inches of the quilts and charge her $0.015 per square inch, for the quilting (LxWx.015). I know that here the going price for putting on binding and hand sewing it to finish is $0.25 per linear inch.

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    THanks everyone for your suggestions and comments! I AM charging way too low! I think the hardest part of quilting is telling people the cost! Any suggestions? Do you have cards printed out or them on a price list? I have it all in my head then quote a price. Boy, I must be shortchanging myself!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gzbird101
    THanks everyone for your suggestions and comments! I AM charging way too low! I think the hardest part of quilting is telling people the cost! Any suggestions? Do you have cards printed out or them on a price list? I have it all in my head then quote a price. Boy, I must be shortchanging myself!!
    It is easiest if you can make a simple wall-hanging with 6 inch squares, quilt each square differently, from simple meander and working up to complex custom, use sashing between them and put the price per square inch in the sashing - use paper and pin the price on so you don't have to re-make the wall-hanging when your prices go up. This gives your customers a visual to go by and they can easily determine how much quilting they want and are willing to pay for. Also have a sheet printed with your prices. I also give my customers a sheet that tells them what I expect from them as far as preparing the quilt for quilting - from size of batting and backing, to the 1/2" seam on backing ironed open, trimming threads from the back of the quilt top, as well as the information that I will be happy to do this prep work for them, for $20 an hour!

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    I paid $95. hand quilting also consider the size, mine was twin, I put on my own binding. good luck

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    Use the "so much per square inch" formula and you will see you are undercharging for your work.

    The exact figure varies by region, but it goes from .01 to .05 per square inch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gzbird101
    I have been hired to quilt 2 queen tops. Nothing fancy, just basic stitch in the ditch and then bind both. My dilema is that the lady who hired me is the mother in law of my sister in law so there is the family "thing". She doesn't expect me to cut my prices, but I know I will get a lot of repeat business from her and she will refer me to her quilting group so I want to give her a good deal. What would be a good price to charge her? I am thinking around $65 per quilt. Too much or not enough?? What does everyone else think or charge?

    What about charging per spool of thread used? That's a fair way to judge. DO not under price your work or you'll soon have people expecting quilting for next to nothing

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    Wow in my area where I used to live some of the really good ladies are up to 2.5 per sq inch and you do your own binding.

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    Some words about undervaluing yourself, get a cheap timer and click it on when you start stitching and off when your stop. You will be suprised at the time it takes. I would be shocked if you spend less than 100 hours at it for hand quilting. What other job would you agree to get paid $1 an hour or less for. I am a LAQer and have done that since I started quilting. There has only been 2 quilts that have come off of my frame in less than 10 hours and both of those were twin size with a large stipple and an all over design. Most wallhangings I do are between $40 and $80.

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    I think it all depends on how much business you want...the economy is tough right now...many people are cutting back. or looking for bargains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaleehunter
    Quote Originally Posted by gzbird101
    I have been hired to quilt 2 queen tops. Nothing fancy, just basic stitch in the ditch and then bind both. My dilema is that the lady who hired me is the mother in law of my sister in law so there is the family "thing". She doesn't expect me to cut my prices, but I know I will get a lot of repeat business from her and she will refer me to her quilting group so I want to give her a good deal. What would be a good price to charge her? I am thinking around $65 per quilt. Too much or not enough?? What does everyone else think or charge?
    If you want referrals, you may want to give her the 'family' price, but make it clear that others will be charged a good price (fair price) for a good job. Just ask her not to advertise your 'family price'.
    I agree; also it depends on how much you enjoy doing it AND if you are considering starting a business.

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