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From: ellymolin
Date: 05-04-2006, 11:24 AM (1 of 3)
Hi everyone,
I have been thinking for a long time about sewing in my home, & now seems a good time to take the plunge. I've developed a functional movement disorder, & so had to leave my job as an admin. Sewing is my passion, though I need more practice in some areas. Since I repair zippers, hem, sew on buttons, etc for friends, that seems a logical place to start. I have lots of books & videos to study, & I thought I would go over those this summer & start advertising, etc in Sept. I was thinking for now I would charge $12 hr, & perhaps increase to $15 in the fall. I just finished a zipper in men's dress pants, I got a quote from a local shop, they charge $7.50 without tax for the job, zipper included, so I thought $6 or $7 would be ok, zipper included. Or would you go down to $5? Do most of you ask the customer to pick up the notions, or do you make a trip for those things yourself?
I will have lots of questions in the coming months, & I thank you all for advising me. Elly :love:
User: ellymolin
Member since: 01-13-2005
Total posts: 37
From: MaryW
Date: 05-04-2006, 12:50 PM (2 of 3)
I am sure you will receive lots of wonderful advice here. If you can install a zipper in a pr. of men's dress pants as well as the local shop, don't underprice them. Charge the same. Just my humble opinion.

Good luck on your future business. :up:
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: LoveSewin
Date: 05-04-2006, 07:30 PM (3 of 3)
I wouldn't under price. You want to convey that you are doing quality work. I am doing the same thing you are considering, but just on the side. I've had only a couple people not want to pay my price, but everyone else is just happy to get good service.

I came up with my prices by calling a few shops that do alterations and priced similarly to theirs. I would charge $7 for the zipper.
User: LoveSewin
Member since: 01-31-2006
Total posts: 103
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