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« on: May 06, 2009 11:42:51 AM »

I sew for myself and my kids, more of a hobby and a great stress reliever for me.  I have some people at work asking if I will sew for them.  Problem - I will - they want a price.  I have no clue how to price - any one have a suggestion for this?  Some sort of formula to figure things out - with the economy the way it is, I could use a few extra bucks, but I also understand money is tight for most others as well. 

BTW - If I posted in the wrong place, forgive me, just seemed like this would be a good place to start.


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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2009 11:52:56 AM »

I work by an hourly rate.  Take a minute to think how long each project will take you and/or complete a project.  Patterning to finished garment. Please don't sell yourself short... you should make AT LEAST $80 a day.
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2009 01:20:39 PM »

Absolutely Imblebee! I set my hourly rate at $20 when I am sewing basic items, if it is a bag, costume, clothing from a pattern, etc. The person supplies or pays for all fabric and trim. I will happily go get it, but I want to be reimbursed. If I do drafting or it's a large costume the hourly price goes up. 

I normally set a price per piece is it is more tailor/alteration work. Which when I first started doing that I just called around to some local dry cleaner/alteration shops and got an idea of the prices that could be found. My time is no less valuable to a shops time and neither is yours. 

Don't be afraid to get paid a fair price for your skills. I know I was worried about it when I first started up, some people will say ok, some people will say no and that is ok. Good luck.

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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2009 05:52:18 AM »

Hourly plus a little more for the electric (machine, iron) and materials. I know it costs me $10 to get a pair of pants hemmed (my daughter wants cuffs and I hate doing cuffs!).

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