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Date: 3/23/12 3:48 PM

I need some advice. I am teaching a one-day sewing class. I have no idea what to charge, or where to find a downloadable contract. Any ideas?

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Date: 3/23/12 4:01 PM

When I have taken classes, I never had to sign any type of contract. What are you wanting to accomplish with the contract? How many hours is the class going to be?

I took a class before that met 4 weeks in a row for 2 hours each session. That class was $65 dollars. It was a Beginner class. I've recently looked into another place that charges $20 per 2-hour session.

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Date: 3/23/12 6:11 PM

Along the same lines, the class I take at my dealer/quilt shop is $75 for five, 90-minute sessions.

I'd find a listing online for a market similar to where you are, and find a comparable course. The link below will take you to a .pdf of my local shop's class list (Kansas City metro), with hours and fees. Maybe you'll find something there that compares:

http://www.harpersfabricandquilt.com/images/Harpers_class_schedule.pdf

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Date: 3/23/12 7:57 PM

Before you decide what to charge, you have to find out what the expectations of the venue are. Is it at a community center, a store, in your home etc.

Don't wait and be surprised, many stores want a percentage of your class fee and some community centers will require that you provide them with proof of insurance as well as a rental fee for the time that you are using the facility. If you are teaching at home don't forget to consider that you are using your electricty, water, etc.

And, if you think you are going to make a little extra teaching your friends to sew, forget it, it doesn't matter how nice they are, you always loose. I enjoy teaching, but, dealing with the public and their expectations can be very trying.

I cannot tell you how many times I have had people mad at me because the weren't a master seamstress in three lessons or that I didn't provide them with everything needed for the class, including the sewing machine. Or the parents that wanted me to make the garment for their child because the didn't have time. I could write a book.

I understand completely the need these days for a contract, but make sure that within the contract you are very specific as to days and times and that if they have a machine malfunction that you are not responsible for time lost from the class while it's being fixed, etc. Also, make it cash only. You get paid very little for your time and you don't need to paying the bank back for bounced checks.

That being said, if you can get over the pains, it is very rewarding and a whole lot of fun. I haven't taught a class in about 8 mos. and I'm ready to start up again, but I've gotten very selective. I teach kids and I invite children to attend classes, they are in my home and free unless I have to provide school materials because they are using it as a home school class.

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Date: 3/23/12 11:14 PM

Also, if teaching in your home, check with your home owner's insurance agent to see if any "accidents" will be covered.

A puncture wound may require a tetanus shot; a cut may require a visit to the ER.

You have to protect yourself as well as your student.

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Date: 3/24/12 0:03 AM

I teach beginning sewing through our local community college, and it's been a great experience. For a 6 hour class (meets 3 times, 2 hours per time), they charge $60 per student, with a maximum of 6 students. The classes are getting filled up quickly, with waiting lists, so the price must be reasonable. Of that, I get paid $35/hour. I really could not handle any more than 6 students at a time.

I don't have a contract, but I have a letter with supplies that they need to purchase before the first class: scissors, thread, box of pins, seam ripper, and seam gauge. You have to be really specific. I've had students bring 50 year old thread, thread on mini-spools, and rayon embroidery thread. Now, the list specifies "New, Large Spool of All Purpose Sewing Thread." Scissors are another thing- lots of people have brought scissors so dull they won't even cut thread. Now, I specify- New Good Quality Sewing Scissors.

I have the class in my basement, and provide the machines, an ironing station and cutting station. I just happened to have collected 6 machines over the years, and am willing to take the risk of letting others use them with my supervision. I prefer that to having students bring machines that have sat in a garage for the last 25 years and expect them to work. A great deal of class time can be taken up with trying to fix a machine, and that's not fair to the other students, nor fun for you! Make sure to have some extra needles on hand, as needles inevitably get broken.

Good luck in your class- I think it can be really rewarding and fun, but definitely challenging!


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Date: 3/24/12 10:02 AM

I should have clarified: I will be teaching at a dealer, as a self-employed contractor. These will be one session how-to lessons.

I need to come up with a contract for the dealer and I to sign.

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Date: 3/24/12 11:04 AM

Be very clear with the dealer on who will supply the materials.
What happens if the student does not show up.

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