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From: MaryW
Date: 07-07-2003, 12:59 PM (1 of 3)
I am posting this for someone who contacted me. Please respond here if you can help. thanks.

Hello my name is Debbie and I just started my own business...Final Stitch Alterations.I have read your web page and would like to know if you have a guide for pricing on alterations?????I don't want to be over priced or under priced.I have checked out the other competion in the surrounding cities...I just needed to know I am charging the right prices.
Thank you for you help
Debbie of Final Stitch Alterations
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: Aimee S
Date: 07-08-2003, 11:29 PM (2 of 3)
I use the book by kathleen spike Sew to Success. in it she has tables and contract to help set up contracts and price sheets.
The more you disaprove, the more fun I am having!
User: Aimee S
Member since: 02-23-2003
Total posts: 488
From: Linda in Colorado
Date: 07-10-2003, 12:32 PM (3 of 3)
Checking with other local seamstresses is a great idea! That's what most of us do in my area. And we all seem to be within the same "ball park" when it comes to pricing.

But you probably won't charge enough. It seems to me that none of us ever charge enough. So -- what you will need to do is find a place to start with your pricing. Charge that amount for a while, then raise your pricing at intervals until you are at a comfortable level for you.

You can decide what your hourly rate will be and determine the charges for various alterations by how long it takes to do that alteration.

My advice would be to begin by charging at least $15.00 per hour.
User: Linda in Colorado
Member since: 03-27-2000
Total posts: 102
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