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Message Board > Home Dec. Sewing > What is customary hourly rate to charge a friend for nurrsery beddingsewing? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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What is customary hourly rate to charge a friend for nurrsery beddingsewing?
What do I charge per hour for nursery sewing for a friend?
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Date: 12/29/13 11:36 PM

I don't know if this is the right forum to ask this in....A friend has asked me to sew for her. I did a whole nursery for her 4 years ago and gave her a discount. She has moved and had someone else sewing for this baby. That seamstress can't finish the work. My friend contacted me and asked if I could find the time to finish the nursery work before baby comes. I can, and I made sure she's not in a rush. The question is what do I charge? Is it best to just give her the same price and ask her for ref. and pictures of the work to use? IF I raise the hourly rate how do I decide how much to charge? I live in the Missouri an hour from a town with 90 thousand. I would LOVE for someone to tell me what is customary to charge for an hourly rate! I'm really awful at the business part of sewing for friends.... Sigh. Thanks for any help working through this.
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Date: 12/30/13 0:10 AM

In my area home dec sewing (drapery, duvets, etc.) usually brings more than clothing and alterations. I would not take less than $20 to &25 per hour,some get as much as $50, but that is keeping a strict account of your sewing time.

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Date: 12/30/13 1:20 AM

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In my area home dec sewing (drapery, duvets, etc.) usually brings more than clothing and alterations. I would not take less than $20 to &25 per hour,some get as much as $50, but that is keeping a strict account of your sewing time.

By the hour, really? I would think it would be by the job. Some sewists are super fast and don't pay much attention to detail. Others take their time and make it perfect. If this is a good friend, I would be kind and give her a deal if you can afford it. If not, maybe base the price on what you did for her last time. Given that the project is already started, it should be less.

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Date: 12/30/13 6:55 AM

I think you also need to take into account what has been done to date. I don't really like to finish something someone else has begun because the one time I did, it was more work than if I had done the whole thing from scratch. You kind of need to know what you are getting and what remains to be done.

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Date: 12/30/13 7:00 AM

Depending upon how much there is to finish, have you considered giving it to her as a baby gift and ask for her to help promote your business with her friends, etc. (Before I am jumped on here, I would have a hard time charging a close friend for anything) Just an idea.

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Date: 12/30/13 12:10 PM

I used to do lots of home dec sewing and always priced by the job. One of the reasons, is there is alot of planning/thinking in that type of sewing, and if I only charged by my sewing time, I wouldn't be compensated fairly.
As for the crib set, are the fabrics tricky to work with such as minky?
Since you've done work for this person before, I would use the rate I originally used and raise it 25%.

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Date: 12/30/13 1:42 PM

By the job.

And she would have to work out the delivery method other than having you do round trips to her home.

Ask for pictures to see what needs to be finished.

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Date: 12/30/13 2:13 PM

Many commom things like width of lined or unlined drapery, common types of pillow covers etc. are priced by the item, but it is based on your hourly fee with some added in to cover things like supplies used. Alterations to home dec items are strictly time + materials. Specialized items (nursery items might be included ) are priced individually based also on time and materials like thread, tapes, welting etc.. You can give an estimate if you leave yourself some "wiggle room" and it is clear it is only an estimate. unless it is something you have done before.

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Date: 12/30/13 2:20 PM

Exactly. That's why I am thinking it might go in the same category as alterations and be priced by time plus materials.

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Date: 12/30/13 6:33 PM

I don't think there is one, as the tricky part is she is your friend and already when you did something for her before, you charged her way less than you would have someone else that was not.

One thing you could do to kind of try to avoid any personal pitfalls on something like that, is if she does something art or hobby wise or just what ever her regular occupation is, is just offer to trade her across the board, hour for hour for your time. Or object for object, or something she makes that you would want instead. That kind of avoids all that $ stuff.

So if she makes ceramics, or cooks some great pies, or does other people's taxes for them or just anything, that you really admire and wish she would do for you, you could always decide that both your time was valuable and of equal value. And just trade. Done sort of like that, I think you might avoid a lot of money issues that get kind of clouded and mixed up into the friendship thing at all. At that point it's just a barter, more one service for another even.

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