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From: MaryW
Date: 03-10-2004, 05:37 PM (1 of 5)
This lady needs help with quoting a price. Please respond if you can. Thanks.:bluesmile

I have taken on a sewing project for a local restaurant. The windows treatments are valances at: (width)287.5 inches (using 23 yards of fabric for fullness) and two 46 inch windows (3 3/4 yds each). He wants the valances to be 16 inches long. I will be using his fabric.
How do I charge him?
At the formula you suggest ($1.00 per yard) his cost would be $379.50.
Is this too much for just a straight stitch? Is there another formula I can use?

Thank you!!!!!
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: shirleyp
Date: 03-11-2004, 11:30 AM (2 of 5)
Friends that I know sell their crafts 1 1/2 times their cost. So if the craft cost five dollars then they would sell it for fifteen. Does this work for sewing.
User: shirleyp
Member since: 02-12-2002
Total posts: 352
From: Linda in Colorado
Date: 03-11-2004, 12:28 PM (3 of 5)
The $379.50 for the job sounds reasonable to me. After all, that's a LOT of fabric you will be handling. And you will have to be sure all your seams and hems are straight, straight, straight. Everything will have to be measured very correctly. "Measure twice, cut once" to use an old carpenter's adage.

If you want to try a different way to figure his cost, many window treatment people price by the panel, no matter the length -- at $35 per panel and up.

If you are adding lining, you may want to add $$ to your quote for that.

Whatever you decide, please don't underrate yourself or your talents. People need to pay for your expertise. Otherwise, they'd be doing these things themselves.
User: Linda in Colorado
Member since: 03-27-2000
Total posts: 102
From: stitchmd
Date: 03-11-2004, 04:16 PM (4 of 5)
The price sounds fine to me too. Consider that this is a business expense rather than a personal expenditure. It is coming from money being invested, is deductible as such, and is probably small compared to the rest of the set-up and equipment costs of this place.
User: stitchmd
Member since: 02-25-2003
Total posts: 226
From: MartySews
Date: 03-13-2004, 07:55 PM (5 of 5)
You may want to check at your local library for the book "Pricing Without Fear". I understand it is a good reference book for those who have their own sewing business. It was written by Barbara Wright Sykes and has some great guidelines. Good luck!
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User: MartySews
Member since: 02-23-2003
Total posts: 504
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