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Date: 5/24/10 3:31 PM

Is hard to know what to charge for embroidering for someone who asks me to do something. Logos, names on shirts/jackets, purses, etc. What is a good rule of thumb for a embroidery fee?
If you have to design it on the software first, how much would you charge?

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Date: 5/24/10 4:19 PM

I'm not going to be much help. I've only been asked by friends & co-workers to do names on lab coats or small monograms on towels / napkins. I've never charged them because I enjoy doing it. Can you ask the person what they would be willing to pay? Perhaps their offer would be acceptable to you.

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Date: 5/24/10 4:56 PM

Well, our local sporting goods store charges about $4-5 for small names on baseball caps for sports teams, and $6-8? for names on back of soccer and baseball shirts. You could call a local sporting goods store for their prices for names. I think the single name price may be a little more... when the whole team of 10-12 kids have their names put on, it is the group rate.

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Date: 5/24/10 11:10 PM

I just had 7 tote bags monogrammed for 7 girls for graduation gifts---I did the 3 letter monogram w/center letter larger, and the whole monogram was probably around 4" X 5", and the lady charged me $10 per bag. But she was a little slow to get them done & not all that close to me, so when I got a throw blanket monogrammed last week for another grad gift, I used a different lady who is closer to me---she did a larger monogram, probably 5" X 7", and she also charged me $10. Both of these ladies have home embroidery machines and don't have a bona fide business, but they do embroidery for people on the side as a little mini-business. All of mine were 3-letter monograms and the ladies already had some kind of monogram program, so they weren't digitizing or designing anything. I thought the price for the tote bags was pretty fair, and I thought the price for the larger monogram on the throw blanket was a very good price. Guess who I will use the next time! So that's the hard part---getting a price that is fair to you but reasonable enough to attract repeat customers if you want to do it again in the future.

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Date: 5/24/10 11:39 PM

p.s. -- I have had a lot of things monogrammed over the past few years, and whether going thru a bricks & mortar store that does embroidery or an individual working with a personal embroidery machine at home, they have all had a range of prices depending on the size of the monogram and the amount of thread it takes. You might want to call around in your area as if you are a customer inquiring about prices to see what the going rate is. Since you don't have the expenses of advertising, insurance, taxes, lease payments, etc that a brick & mortar place has, you would have the option to charge a little less than them which might give you a competitive edge if you desire to do embroidery for a fee on a regular basis. Just my thoughts.

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Date: 5/25/10 1:23 AM

I think it is figured on how many stitches are in a design,,, you can go to sewforum.com go to the embroidery section, and do a search on "pricing embroidery",,,
in the "search in forums" column, highlight "embroidery",,

ETA. there is a lot of info on that site about pricing,, it may help
-- Edited on 5/25/10 1:24 AM --

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Date: 5/25/10 10:06 AM

I charge $1.00 - $1.50 per 1000 stitches. If there are few thread color changes it is $1.00 but if it is a lot of thread changes I charge $1.50. Then there is a $3.00 set up fee per design. Minimum charge regardless is $8.00, even if they just want a big "A" on the bodice of their dress or t-shirt.

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Date: 5/25/10 10:11 AM

Same here - those seem to be pretty standard charges. For those who don't embroider, there is always "behind the scenes" work even with the software programs.

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Date: 6/15/10 10:43 PM

What ever price you were thinking double it. I have done several baby gifts for friends and neighbours who only wanted to pay $10 or less after I took 2 days perfecting a design and lettering.
I stopped doing it and prefer garment construction and home dec.
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Date: 6/21/10 3:30 PM

I am new to the forum but I just thought I would add my 2 cents worth. I charge $6-$8 per stitch out of the design on the right side of t-shirts or on the front of ball caps. That does not include the one time charge of $15 for putting together a logo or words. The stitch out time does not take long but designing it and dealing with the customer does.

I recently had a client that was so picky about the logo design I thought seriously about not doing custom work ever again.

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