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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Underpricing by competitors on: November 27, 2011 08:27:11 PM
I recently starting sewing the microwaveable potato bags. I bought the batting in bulk - a huge roll to save on cost but had to buy the fabric by the yard. I did just now find a wholesale fabric group on FB so will be able to purchase the fabric at a better price.

When I price an item, I include everything - this is a passion for me and a business - so cost of time, fabric, batting, thread, packing materials, etc, is included in the price.

At a recent craft fair when I first sold the bags, I sold a few, among many other items. But, I received one comment that bothered me. "I bought one similar to yours for $5 at a recent craft fair." She did buy the bag but it still bothered me. I knew who she was talking about too. I have seen the woman selling. She undersells everything. She works at a JoAnns an hour from where I live and she sells every item she makes almost exactly at cost of materials. I cannot do that with three little boys to provide for. I explained to the woman what is included in my cost. Then another lady loved one of my dog collars (a top seller for me at every fair and online - I can barely keep up with making them!) and was preparing to buy it. I guess she did not read the price tag and price sign. When she asked me what she owed and I said $15, she said "WHAT? I would pay five dollars and no more." I was actually offended and did not even bother explaining to her what the price includes. I felt like saying "I don't work in a sweatshop and mass produce in a third world country" but obviously that would not be appropriate and would not be good customer service. I smiled to her and said I'm sorry you are not happy with the price. It is a well made collar and it is worth the cost. I know you would get years of use out of it for your pet. She did not buy it.

$15 includes cost of supplies and my roughly 25 minutes to cut, iron, sew, and iron again. I strive to make $15/hour as a crafter and I think that is completely reasonable. I made much more than that in my previous brick/mortar career and my mother in law who is from Europe thinks I under charge.

Anyone else have similar experience?
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing machine keeps right on sewing??? (: on: November 27, 2011 07:45:07 PM
When I stop sewing, sometimes, but not always, my sewing machine keeps sewing even after I release my foot from the peddle. Anyone else have this problem and know what I can do??

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Double needle on: November 27, 2011 07:37:26 PM
Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum though not at all new to sewing.

I just bought a double needle and I know how to install it; that is obviously super easy. But, HOW do you thread it?? I cannot find my manual anywhere. I can't wait to use it because I think it would produce some really pretty double topstitching on my purse lines and other products that I sew.

I have a Janome The Heart Truth and a Pfaff 7570.

Thanks for any advice!!

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