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Thread: Would you pay to have you binding sewn on?

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    Super Member LucyInTheSky's Avatar
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    I've been hearing about this more and more... the idea of paying someone to attach your binding for you. People pay to have their quilts machine quilted, so why not, right? And I know many a person who complains about doing binding.

    So I'm toying with the idea of offering my services on that. I'm wondering if 1) that sounds like something you would ever be interested in, 2) how much would you pay? By the inch, flat fee, etc, 3) would you want to cut your own strips and then have someone machine and hand attach? Or you just give them quilt and uncut binding fabric and they do it all, 4) ummm... whatever other thoughts you have :?:

    I enjoy doing binding and when I do a few quilts in a row, I get really fast at it (I did a queen size quilt in 5 hours). Plus extra $ would be really helpful right now.

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    I have sewn binding on for others, and sometimes they sew it on and I hand sew it to the back. Diffentely let folks know you are available for this service.

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    My friend that does this charges a penny an inch. Personally, I like to sew on binding. It is TV work.

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    I have paid to have the binding done on several quilts. I cut it, folded and ironed it, and gave it to a gal to do. But for the life of me I can't remember what she charged. I do know it was by the inch but not how much per inch. It was well worth it for me and she did nice work. Her mom does my quilting for me. But now that I've retired that may change. I now have more time and less money instead of vice versa. Isn't that always the way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon321
    My friend that does this charges a penny an inch. Personally, I like to sew on binding. It is TV work.
    Penny an inch seems pretty cheap. If it's a 60" square quilt, that's like $2.40. I want at least $10 for my time :-D

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    Yeap :D :D :XD:

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon321
    My friend that does this charges a penny an inch. Personally, I like to sew on binding. It is TV work.
    Penny an inch seems pretty cheap. If it's a 60" square quilt, that's like $2.40. I want at least $10 for my time :-D
    Maybe she charges a penny per square inch of the quilt, so a 6x60 would cost $36 ... that seems more likely.

    Rachel

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    I like to do binding too and have gotten paid for doing it too. I prefer to cut the fabric myself.

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    I love to do bindings, and have done some for others (and gotten paid). Seems the prevalent charge is $0.04-5 per inch. I also prefer to cut the bindings myself.

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    And how do you advertise your services? Just to friends/word of mouth? Actual ads? Craigslist?

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    I like hand work. Don't think I would hire that done. Now if I had to do it by machine....I might hire someone to do that.

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    My machine quilter does binding. I've only had her do one for me.
    You could talk to quilters in your area and she if you could offer the service to her clients. Also advertising in a comunnity newspaper.

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    there is a person in concordia Mo. that does the quilting and binding you can supply the backing and fabric if you want but she charges like 45.00 and lower by size.

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    My friend and i trade jobs, she puts on my binding, and i do some cutting for her..She gets the binding all ready to go,pieced and folded and pressed. my hands don't work to well with hand sewing..so this set up works for me.
    to pay for postage back and forth to someone,for putting the binding on,would be out of my price range..if she were local, i would do it. And if my friend doesn't have anything to be cut out, i pay her..20 or 25 bucks. she doesn't charge me, but thats what i give her anyways..so she can buy fabric too! ( i never make anything larger than a twin as a rule..she mostly does my baby quilts)

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    I don't mind sewing on the binding. My mom is a long arm quilter and she has customers that ask her to stitch the binding for them. I am not sure what she charges to do it but when she was at her long arm dealer, they told her to charge $1.25 per foot. It does take time away from her quilting.

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    I would happily pay someone to sew my bindings on! I am embarrassed to say but I have a Xmasy quilt on my bed right now...without a binding! I had it long-armed in Sept. and wanted to use it for the holiday season. Finally, on Xmas Eve I just went ahead and put it on the bed....w/o binding. Yikes! I have 2 other quilts waiting to be bound, as well.

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    If there was someone close by, i would pay all the time to have them sew the binding on. i don't mind sewing to the back, but i hate the hand work, my hands cramp. For charity quilts i sew to back, bring to front and zig zag down. I hate bindings!! I would prefer to make the binding and iron in half myself tho.

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    I used to charge my handquilting customers an additional $15 to do the binding. Most of the quilts I did were probably what is considered a regular double bed. I also charged them for the materials I used to bind, back and for the batting at my cost.

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    Nope, just because I love hand sewing on the binding, piecing and sewing on the binding are my favorite parts of quilting.

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    No, I wouldn't pay for someone to do my binding...

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    For those of you saying no, do you do your own quilting? Or pay a long arm?

    My theory, and we'll see if I'm right, is that you do your own. I wouldn't pay someone else to quilt my projects, and I also wouldn't pay someone to do my binding. Don't have the $ and I like doing it myself. My friend who is a long arm quilter said she didn't want to pay anyone to do quilting for her, so she bought a long arm :shock:

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    Pretty much, I like doing it myself. I have stuck to smaller size quilts so I don't have to pay for a longarmer.

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    Putting binding on is therapeutic for me. I like doing all my work on my quilt. Makes it more mine.

    Sybil

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    A few months ago, in the back of some quilting magazine, I saw an ad for binding. This person was charging $.15 an inch for just the hand sewing and .30 for attaching the entire binding. That would be $36 or $70 for a 60" quilt and about $54 or $108 for a double size. Considering it takes me about 4 hours just to do the hand sewing on a double/queen, that figures out to about $13.50 per hour (unless you're a fast sewer) so I think that's about right. Not sure how many of us would pay that much for the convenience if we can do it ourselves, but if there's a market, I wouldn't mind doing it. I love to do the bindings because I can do them while I watch TV and multitask.

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    I like to do mine while watching TV. I charge a flat $20.00, If you were closer I would love to do yours. I have to have something to do while watching TV with my DH.

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