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From: sami
Date: 01-21-2005, 09:06 PM (1 of 7)
I just had a lady ask me to attatch her dust ruffle to her quilt. I am at a loss as to how to charge her. From reading other posts it seems like most of you recommend charging by the hour. I am an experienced sewer and quilter, but I want to be fair to both her and myself.

I am new to the list and I am so glad I found this site. I have learned alot already just by reading posts. Thanks for any input you might have for me.

Sami in Indy
User: sami
Member since: 01-21-2005
Total posts: 3
From: MaryW
Date: 01-25-2005, 05:59 PM (2 of 7)
Hi Sami and welcome to Sew Whats New.

The ladies on these boards are very wise in respect to business. Take heed of their advice.

Do you have any idea of how you would attach a ruffle to a quilt. You will be working thru a lot of layers and don't want to ruin the borders of the quilt when you do this. Is the lady supplying the fabric and thread?
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
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From: Carol in ME
Date: 01-26-2005, 04:00 PM (3 of 7)
I am unsure of exactly what is meant by "attach dust ruffle to quilt." Has she purchased fabric to make a dust ruffle? That would mean 1. Calculate the finished length and fullness, including seam allowances. 2. Hem 3. Attach to quilt.

Or does she have a dust ruffle that needs to be detatched from its base before it is stitched onto the quilt. I'll bet it is serged-that would be a labor intensive process.

I don't bring these things up to discourage you, just to prevent you from cheating yourself out of all that you'll earn
User: Carol in ME
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From: sami
Date: 02-02-2005, 04:59 PM (4 of 7)
From what I understand she has two twin sized dust ruffles that she would like to have attatched to her Queen sized quilt. I have not seen the project as yet. Thanks for the things to think about. Hopefully when she shows me the project it will be easier to decide what to do.
User: sami
Member since: 01-21-2005
Total posts: 3
From: sami
Date: 04-17-2005, 06:41 PM (5 of 7)
The project was brought to me and was fairly simple to do. The most time was taken up looking for material that would match the quilt background. She thought white eyelet would work only it wasn't true white as it had aged. Anyway I had to hand sew the ruffle on the quilt and it came out great. She is telling everyone how happy she was with it. Thankfully she had the ruffle taken off and all I had to do was attatch it to the quilt and I only added material around the end corners. thanks for everyones input.
User: sami
Member since: 01-21-2005
Total posts: 3
From: Linda in Colorado
Date: 04-18-2005, 12:33 PM (6 of 7)
Although I have never done this myself, a sewing colleague just finished such a project for a client and she showed me how to do it. It can be quite easy or as hard as you want to make it.

Generally speaking, you attach the dust ruffle about six or more inches from the edges of the quilt (comforter, duvet, etc.) on the backside of the quilt. You attach it using a blind hem stitch and a short stitch length. When the quilt is on the bed, it looks like the dust ruffle is a separate piece.

My friend said the hardest part was getting it to look right when going around the corners.

User: Linda in Colorado
Member since: 03-27-2000
Total posts: 102
From: blackie
Date: 06-30-2005, 07:41 PM (7 of 7)
The woman I know who makes a good business by sewing, charges by the job not by the hour. Of course, until you get good at knowing how long you TRULY take at any particular set of tasks, you can undercut yourself by this method. On the other hand, your client knows what he or she is in for up front.
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