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From: kylefty
Date: 02-16-2007, 02:47 PM (1 of 8)
I know that I need to include my supplies when charging for something I make. What I don't know is, how in the world do you charge for thread? If I am hand sewing then I guess I could measure but from the sewing machine I don't have a clue. My thinking has shifted from custom clothing to making baby quilts, bags, and other kid friendly items. I am so excited, I actually have some real plans now. I will be full of questions and I really do appreciate everyone's help (and patience).
User: kylefty
Member since: 01-02-2003
Total posts: 33
From: Linda in Colorado
Date: 02-18-2007, 12:29 PM (2 of 8)
While I don't know how others do it, in my case, I don't have a separate charge for thread. That cost is included in the altration charges. I do, though, charge for new zippers, buttons and so forth.

User: Linda in Colorado
Member since: 03-27-2000
Total posts: 102
From: lendube
Date: 02-18-2007, 12:36 PM (3 of 8)
I consider it inclusive also unless it's a huge project for which you might use an entire spool.

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
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From: Linda in Colorado
Date: 02-18-2007, 12:36 PM (4 of 8)
OOPS! I hit the "submit reply" button too soon! Sorry!

I intended to add that when I am sewing a custom order, my customer purchases (or I purchase and she pays for) all the notions needed, including thread. Anything left over, such as extra thread, the customer gets.
User: Linda in Colorado
Member since: 03-27-2000
Total posts: 102
From: vickyb61
Date: 02-27-2007, 01:55 PM (5 of 8)
I agree with the above as well. When I had my home sewing business I never charged specifically for thread. If a customer bought it along with her fabric, etc. I always tried to return what was left but most of the time I was told to keep the thread.
User: vickyb61
Member since: 02-22-2007
Total posts: 10
From: zoieolie
Date: 02-27-2007, 05:30 PM (6 of 8)
I have a friend who works with multiple interior decorators. She purchases the supplies she will need for the job including the spools of thread and the receipt goes directly to the customer for reimbursement. She keeps any left over thread.
User: zoieolie
Member since: 09-13-2006
Total posts: 4
From: paroper
Date: 03-26-2007, 09:17 AM (7 of 8)
The one thing that I included in all my sewing was the cost of the thread. My customers brought everything to me but often I would end up with quilting thread or embroidery thread or the wrong color, or sometimes they would just forget. At the same time, I use a serger to finish all seams and I color match everything I serger. I was just easier for me to supply the thread. I didn't charge for it, it was just an included charge in my cost. If I had a project for a group, like a choir or a pom squad, sometimes I would ask for a cone of Maxi Lock of a specific color.

I found that many times when the customer bought thread they would want to leave it with me..and then I had mega spools of thread, so I just didn't bother. It never broke me.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: kmccrea
Date: 03-28-2007, 09:47 PM (8 of 8)
Thread is included in the cost of the project, unless it's a really huge project (like a wedding ensemble or home dec), then I will charge for however many spools I need. I have rainbow of thread in my supplies and matching to the fabric is not usually a problem.
Katherine McCrea
Designer At Large
User: kmccrea
Member since: 05-07-2006
Total posts: 173
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