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liz324
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 Posted October 17th, 2007 11:27 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I am trying to decide if I want to start sewing for other people to make a little money. A couple questions I have (for those of you who do this or know of someone who does or just have a brainy idea)is do you always make them cut out the dress or do you cut it out with a pattern that they give you? Do they supply the material, zipper, and thread? And the big question is how much do you charge? I don't want it too high that it puts them out but I do want to make a little money. I don't mind sewing, but hate having to take things out (which seems to happen quite often). So I imagine it will take a couple days to sew a dress - I would still be trying to keep caught up with all the wifely household duties.
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mamaswantz
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 Posted October 17th, 2007 11:32 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I used to not charge, because I just HATED asking for money from anyone!! I felt bad charging, especially if it was for friends or family. But one lady got offended when I wouldn't charge (for some reason) and said that she has no idea what to pay me, and it would be an insult to her to underpay me. She asked if $20 an hour is enough, and I gulped and said yes. I have no idea what the going rates are, but if you sew fast, you can make some bucks at that rate. I did some upholstery for her restaurant, though, and I also bought the fabric for her. And had to buy parts for my machine, but even then, I have kept that rate and no one has complained since.
Jasmine- wife to Johnny and mama to Isaiah, Tyler, Katelyn, Cassandra, and Emerson
   
liz324
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 Posted October 17th, 2007 11:53 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I would feel bad charging by the hour because I am not a fast sewer and I expect every couple of minutes I would get interrupted because somebody little would need attention. I guess I could use a timer and use the start/stop button.
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mamaswantz
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 Posted October 17th, 2007 03:19 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
yeah, I know what you mean. If you're going to be doing mostly clothes, I guess the first couple of items you could time yourself, at least get a rough idea of how much time you put into it, and also consider all your out-of-pocket costs, add it all up and then just kinda charge that from then on.
Say, a dress takes you three hours, plus you used some of your thread and had to buy a pack of sew. machine needles, and your hourly rate is, oh, 15.00, plus the thread and needles come to about 3.00, so that would be around 48.00 for a normal dress. A child's dress would probably not take as long, therefore be less pricey. I do think that you need to consider the time you spend, because that is the one thing that doing this will definitely cost you, and you want to make it worth your while. Just a thought.
I sewed for others for a while before I had any children, and I loved it. I am toying with the idea of doing some custom upholstery and curtain projects... but... I just don't know if I want to get into that line of work. I'd rather stick with clothes, I think, provided people bring me their own patterns that are ready to go. Picking seams out and refitting and resewing are not things that I like to do!! I'm no pattern fitter- never learned how, and I suppose I could learn now, as I don't think it's all that hard even though it looks hard... but anyway. It's so much easier to sew for someone who provides the pattern and it fits exactly. But, I guess it isn't a perfect world, is it.

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madisonsmom
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 Posted October 17th, 2007 07:06 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Around here the person supplies everything and pays 25-30$ a dress. I'm not sure how much a child's dress is.
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 Posted October 17th, 2007 08:49 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I used to get $30 for a dress that was cut out and came with the notions. I think if I'd do it again, I'd want to charge a little more and cut out the dress. It's nice, time-wise, to have it cut out; but people vary in how neat they are when cutting and even where they cut. I had belts to sew that hadn't seen a straight-edge and back bodices and capes not cut on the selvage. The good part was that she then was picky about them fitting just so-so, either.
If you start sewing for a variety of people, I'd think it would be good to be specific about what the price includes. Like someone else mentioned, some people will come back and want this or that changed. That gets to be time-consuming as well as frustrating.


   
mamaswantz
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 Posted October 17th, 2007 08:49 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
wow, that's pretty cheap. Well, in comparison to here, I guess. There's a lady here who sews for the Beachy women and charges around 60 a dress. I guess that's daylight robbery, they could send to Ohio for one for half price!
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esther_lynn
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 Posted October 18th, 2007 12:47 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Hey, I will sew for $60.00 dollars a dress. I sewed one one time for, was it $15? Can hardly remember, but I left it up to the woman and that's what she paid. I ended up feeling it was hardly worth it.
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 Posted October 18th, 2007 08:53 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Ah sewing...something I love to do after I get started! I really enjoy messing around with patterns and trying new things.

I have never sewed a dress yet for pay, but I have an aunt that does. Last I knew she got paid $15 for a basic straight A line dress. Any extras such as - elastic, darts, gathers, pleats, tucks, ruffles, flounces, trim, etc. she charged a little more (like a dollar or two) for each extra thing.

Wow $60 a dress! I would looove to sew for someone that would pay that much.

I think I would prefer to get the persons measurements and a pattern they like and cut it out myself. I just feel more like I know what's going on when I do it from start to finish.

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mamaswantz
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 Posted October 18th, 2007 09:23 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
wow, i don't see how a person could really do it for 15, but I guess there is a big difference if you love to sew and just do a dress for someone and charge a little bit, or if sewing is what you DO. This lady I was talking about, sewing is her income and she does a great deal of it. She an excellent seamstress. Her aunt is Evelyn, who founded Lilies of the Field. I dont think she sews for her, though.
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smilesbymiles
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 Posted October 24th, 2007 04:53 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Man, I could almost get back into sewing if it actually made that kind of money! I got $25-30 for an adult dress and $20 for a child's dress. The person paying supplied the pattern, fabric, and notions so I had no out of pocket costs unless I broke a needle. It went ok; but next time I would be more specific like, the pattern needs to be cut out b4 it comes or else a surcharge, and all altering would be charged by the hour.
Michelle, mommy to Adam & Liam
   
damar
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 Posted February 15th, 2008 11:44 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Okay I am months late getting in here. But this is very interesting to me! I have done custom sewing for several years. They supply the patterns [usually] thread, zippers, buttons etc. I charge $25. for sewing it & if I had to buy any of their notions that is extra. Wow, $60. sounds good to me too!
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rallyjan
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 Posted February 16th, 2008 08:15 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
$60 sounds way too much for me to pay but if I were the seamstress, WOW! I would really hate to charge someone that much though, knowing you can go to the store and buy a dress for that price. Mabe the seamstress was buying the material in this case.
I've sewn for others and would love to do it again. Except i need to do my own first and the girls I used to sew for have moved away. I didn't charge enough but did it to help out some of my single friends who didn't have the time or pateince to sew. And it gave me a little spending mony if I didn't worry too much about my time.
I charged $15 if I had to cut out the dress yet, which I prefered to do. Then would charge some extra, a dollar or so per item for thread, zipper, ect. if they didn't supply their own. I buy zippers in bulk. Now I wouldn't do it for less then $20 unless the person would have trouble paying. A child's dress I'd prob. charge $10-$12 if it's w/o a cape.

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Ernies Girls
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 Posted February 16th, 2008 08:50 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I get $16 for a basic childs dress , they supply the notions. I don't enjoy sewing for adults as well so haven't tackled that yet. There are 4 of us around here to keep in dresses too but usually I really enjoy it.
Karen B
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Momof2
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 Posted February 16th, 2008 10:14 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Mariann, I think everyone around here would be way to tight to spend $60 on a dress.
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damar
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 Posted February 16th, 2008 01:25 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Amber, I don't think I'll try to double my fees anytime soon.
Does anyone have a great place to buy zippers in bulk that doesn't charge a big shipping fee?

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antrosari
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 Posted November 24th, 2008 11:45 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I would love to sew for others. My problem, I already have four people to sew for, and not enough time. Maybe I'll have to keep thinking about it.........would be nice to have some extra cash.

^^^^^^^^^have you tried GVS to buy zippers in bulk? I don't know for sure what they charge for shipping, but I'm thinking it starts at $5.00 up to a certain amount of pounds. Only thing, they don't have a website. I could give you their mailing address, though if you like. Or phone number

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kadensmom
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 Posted November 26th, 2008 03:51 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
A lady from church just got done sewing me four dressed for $10 dollars each. It takes her about 2 hrs to sew it and she loves sewing. She was VERY happy to do it for such a low price because she knows how extremely tight our money is right now. By the way, she was the one who came up w/ the price and she said she'll be very happy to do more for me. I'm sooo thankful for friends like her!!!
Diane, mommy to Kaden(4), Kolton(3), and Makenna(2), and baby #4 due in late August.

   
damar
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 Posted November 26th, 2008 11:38 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
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antrosari wrote:
^^^^^^^^^have you tried GVS to buy zippers in bulk? I don't know for sure what they charge for shipping, but I'm thinking it starts at $5.00 up to a certain amount of pounds. Only thing, they don't have a website. I could give you their mailing address, though if you like. Or phone number

That's where I have been getting them, I did find some web sites that sell them for cheaper then GVS but I can't remember what shipping was...

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