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From: kameline
Date: 03-13-2006, 07:06 PM (1 of 4)
I am trying to set up sewing lessons for young girls this summer, and am trying to figure out a reasonable price. The classes will run for 2 hours a day, 3 days a week, for 2 weeks each, and I will be driving to each students home because I have no room in my own.
I don't want to overcharge, because it is a total of 12 hours of lesson time, but I don't want to undercharge because the cost needs to include gas, and mileage for my car, as well as the fact that I will be using my own machines most of the time.
Other classes, swimming, for example, run for similar amounts of time and charge $80-100 in my area. Is this a good price range?
Any ideas out there???
Do all to the glory of God!
User: kameline
Member since: 03-09-2006
Total posts: 41
From: AndreaSews
Date: 03-13-2006, 07:26 PM (2 of 4)
I think it is perfectly reasonable to go with the "going rate" in your area for other kids' programs. For example, in my area, it costs about $17 per half hours of any kids' program (music lessons, gymnastics class, karate, etc.), but typically more for private lessons. For example, music lessons in a studio with a college kid teaching are $17/half hour, and with an experienced teacher in her or your home it would be more like $20-25. (Notice that for your 12 hour program that would add up to over $400!!) Once you decide what the going rate is in your area, be sure to add a "materials fee," which is done quite commonly with kids' art programs, and anywhere the instructor provides the supplies. Unless you plan to provide a supply list and make them do the legwork with their parents.
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: Melanie T
Date: 03-14-2006, 08:33 AM (3 of 4)
This week I am teaching a class at my local viking dealer (trade for fixing my sewing machines and the ones that I can't fix myself for our mission project). The shop is charging the students $75 for 5 days 3 hrs a day. I have 5 students, but they do it so reasonable because 3 of the girls just bought $300 machines to use for the class.

I generally charge $20/hr for my studio time (students and alterations) and they buy their own materials. (My favorite lessons are the bartered ones, I have one girl that lives on an organic veg. farm who trades me a huge box of organic veggies for a lesson each week, good deal for both of us).

If I have several students at a time then the price per child is a less. I used to use 4-H materials, but lately have been using a cross between the beginning Kids Can Sew program and the stuff for the older students. It really helps to have a grab and go program, a lot less stress on you.

Make sure you test any pattern and instructions that you suggest or the children bring. I usually have to rewrite commercial pattern directions and order for the children to be able to understand them.

Keep your stuff simple and exciting. Also make sure that you understand and can thread the machine the student will be using. Unless you are sure that the machine is in good shape, have them take it in for a service as a prerequsite for your class. At the very minimum download the treading diagram for the particular machine from Hope some of this helps,
4 little sewing machine mechanics (6, 4, 2, Born June 14)
Ontario Canada
User: Melanie T
Member since: 09-21-2004
Total posts: 155
From: kameline
Date: 03-14-2006, 03:38 PM (4 of 4)
thanks for all the input! It is very helpful!
Trying to figure all this out can be very confusing!
Does anyone have any unique advertising ideas to jump-start my classes???
Do all to the glory of God!
User: kameline
Member since: 03-09-2006
Total posts: 41
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