Member since 11/5/02
Date: 2/6/08 3:12 PM
I have been thinking about offering to teach beginners how to sew. I know there is a "sewing lounge" in town that charges $22 for a 90 minute class (workshop) and you walk away with a small lavender sachet. Their machines. Now, in my thinking, wouldn't it be better to learn on your own machine and have a one on one lesson? But I am at a loss as to what to charge. I would "go to them" most likely as my sewing room is small but I could set up a folding table in the living room if it were cleaned up before husband gets home (he likes his "space"). So does anyone have any ideas on what I would charge? To go to them? Or for them to come here and bring their machine?
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Member since 7/15/06
Date: 2/6/08 3:36 PM
No idea. But I would Pay $20 for an hour of private instruction.
District of Columbia USA
Member since 5/10/06
Date: 2/6/08 3:45 PM
I gave a private lesson several months ago, and charged $20 an hour. It took us three hours to make a simple skirt (a tube with an elastic waist). It seemed like a fair rate--I didn't feel resentful for giving up my time at that price and I probably would have been unhappy with any less.
**ETA** She had purchased a machine that she had literally no idea how to use never having sewn a stitch in her life. I went to her; as she was about a 20 minute walk from me I didn't need any compensation for travel or anything. If someone who lived in the far suburbs wanted a lesson, I'd probably charge travel time or have them come to me with their machine. I gave her a list of supplies to get beforehand so I wouldn't get there and be hampered by lack of tools.
SM Needles (usually a pack comes with the machine but not always)
Pins and pincushion
Safety pins (for threading elastic through the casing)
Cardboard cutting mat (this would be optional for a first lesson, but if they at all intend to sew more projects the $20 is worth it)
Iron (most people already own one)
For the actual project:
thread (here I didn't specify thread to match the fabric--so she just bought black and white. You have to be very specific!)
1/2 wide elastic
-- Edited on 2/6/08 3:51 PM --
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Date: 2/6/08 4:01 PM
What an interesting thread!
I had a long conversation along these lines with my girlfriend last night. We grew up together (Girl Scouts, etc.) and were talking about how we learned the basics for Sewing Badge.
We were taught how to make a basic t-shirt, rather than sewing up something "crafty". As such, we learned how to read a pattern, lay, mark, cut, etc.
My girlfriend and I get together about once a month or so to work on our sewing projects together. She had a dream (literally) that we went in together on a B&B type property and offered weekend retreats to learn how to sew!
After chatting a while, we thought the idea wasn't that far-fetched. Or maybe the two of us would just relish in a weekend of working away on our hobby, no kids, housework, etc...
To your original point, I think that there IS a market to learn how to sew properly. I'd definitely pay $20 for a private or semi-private lesson. It seems sewing is increasing in popularity too.
I'm very interested in what others have to say!
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Member since 3/16/07
In reply to Mrs.Moos
Date: 2/6/08 4:41 PM
$22 for 90 minutes sounds like a great deal. I would charge at least (probably more) $20 for an hour of instruction especially if it's one-on-one, intensive instruction. I took a French class from Alliance Francaise in New York, and that broke down to about $20 per class. I'd expect to may more for individual instruction.
Member since 8/24/02
Date: 2/6/08 5:00 PM
I've charged $20 an hour and people pay it without a problem. Call around for other type of lessons, like music or dance lessons. I bet they are asking more.
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Member since 11/4/07
Date: 2/6/08 5:06 PM
Homeschoolers are a great market for sewing lessons. I'm teaching two homeschool students now, but since they are my best friend's girls and like daughters to me, I'm not charging. I do get asked if I teach lessons all the time, but I'm not ready to do that yet. I think I could charge $30 an hour here and no one would blink!
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In reply to Sherril Miller
Date: 2/6/08 5:08 PM
DD and I use the same hairdresser. This hairdresser approached me about basic sewing lessons for her 15 year old daughter and "tuning up" their sewing machine. So, we worked out a mutually beneficial barter/trade of services. DD and I will be "looooookin good!"
Member since 12/31/69
Date: 2/6/08 5:34 PM
I pay $20 an hour for private lessons.
ETA: I bring my machine and any other supplies that are needed. I travel to my teacher .
-- Edited on 2/6/08 5:35 PM --
British Columbia CANADA
Member since 8/24/02
Date: 2/6/08 6:21 PM
My two bits for what they are worth.
The first lessons I took (group ones), a machine was supplied. I did have access to a built in machine that is not at all portable. I think that a rank beginner should not be expected to buy a machine to see if they really would be interested in sewing.
So I think you should be prepared to offer to rent (or make arrangements for a rental to be made available) a machine to your student. This would be an additional charge above the lesson fee. At all the places I took lessons and used one of their machines, I paid a rental fee.
If I was giving lessons I would not work for less than $20.00/hr and likely would charge more.
I pay $20.00 per 30 minutes for my son's private violin lessons and $10.00 per hour for my dd's group gymnastics class. (6-7 girls in the class)
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