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Topic: I'm thinking of "selling" sewing lessons. Advice?  (Read 656 times)
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« on: August 21, 2007 05:10:38 PM »

I have lots of people around me who know that I sew, and keep asking about sewing lessons.  I am thinking of doing lessons on a one on one basis or maybe two at a time. 

Does anyone out there have experience with this?  Any advice?  What should I charge?  I'm a little bit scared of taking the plunge, but it seems to be really in demand and I would love to start making a little money with something that I love doing.
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2007 05:46:36 AM »

I think $35 per hour isn't too much to ask for a private lesson.
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2007 06:21:52 AM »

Agreed! Have them bring their own fabric, too!
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2007 07:09:29 AM »

Yep $35 an hour sounds good. Google 'sewing studio' or 'sewing classes' and you'll find websites of people to teach sewing. Sometimes its $60 per 1 hour class!
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2007 02:48:44 PM »

Check with your local community college, arts center, or sewing shop. I've been to sewing and quilting classes through all of them. They were always looking for teachers.

They typically want the class to be based around the making of something, but that shouldn't hold you back any. I would think if you offered a class on sewing purses - simple, like the Jordy bag, you'd have more folks than you could handle. This suggestion also applies for teaching from home - it's just so much more fun to finish class with something you made rather than just learning techniques.

Also check out Michael's, Jo-Ann's and whatever bigger shops you have around you - they also hold classes and are often on the hunt for teachers.

Remember if you do private teaching, make sure you have enough outlets, cutting table space, and ironing space for your students. You might also want to double check your homeowner's insurance about having a business as while sewing isn't exactly a contact sport - people have been known to hurt themselves.  Roll Eyes Who me? Never.  Lips sealed
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