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I am lazy, I confess! I wondered if any of you that charge per bobbin would share the yardage of the more popular threads that fit our bobbins? Mainly, the Bottom Line, it being my favorite, and So Fine.

I shudder at the though of winding a bobbin of each thread, then counting the yards on it. I know I will lose my place over and over, LOL

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Bottom Line pre wounds are 118 yards. I also use it in my Bernina and pieced an entire queen size quilt with ONE bobbin! Cept for the borders, I ran out part way through the borders.

So Fine does not have prewounds for L bobbins, but that is next on their list! Should be out real soon.

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Originally posted by Mary Beth

you need to talk to Linda Rech, I believe she charges by the bobbin.

Thanks MB!

I almost exclusively use BL pre-wounds. I get small packs (12 bobbins) at the LQS and have purchased wholesale the half-gross (144) in standard colors--white, cream, tan, taupe, and black.

Retail price puts the bobbins at almost $1 each. I double that to cover the top thread and charge $2 a bobbin as a thread charge. My price changed from $1.50 a bobbin in January to keep up with the always-rising cost.

I also charge $2 a bobbin for self-wound bobbins when my customer wants Tut on the back, or a thread to match the top thread. The thicker threads don't load as much yardage on a bobbin so the cost reflects the time I use to wide them. I use my on-board winder--still haven't justified the cost of a turbo winder.

My largest thread charge so far was $22.50 when I was charging $1.50 per bobbin. Yep, 15 pre-wound bobbins. I told my customer she had over two miles of thread quilted into her quilt. It softens the blow a bit when you tell them the yardage (mileage) of the thread!:D

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Wow Linnea--that is an interesting idea--and I bet it comes out closer to actual dollars-per-hour than charging by the square inch/density of quilting formula.

I would never get away with this with my customers. They have their heads wrapped around cost-per-square-inch since that is the norm around here. I don't know if I could convince them to be comfortable with a cost per bobbin charge. What if you are using a thicker thread? Less thread on the bobbin=less stitching per bobbin=more money per quilt? King Tut in a bobbin is about 35 yards. BL in a bobbin is about 100 yards.

Do you have separate charges for different bobbins? I am intrigued by this pricing plan. Thanks for sharing!

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Well, I did a custom 92" x 92", and if I charged by square inch @ .045/sq inch it comes out to $380.88, plus $10.00 thread charge. Instead, I did 16 bobbins times $25.00 equals $400. No extra charges. It works out about the same.

Say, for instance, a quilt is 60 X 74 @ .02/sq inch = $88.80, + $8.00 thread charge = $96.80.

If it takes me 4 bobbins I get $100.

I guess it depends on how dense the quilting is too. Then it uses more bobbies~!:P:P

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Well, this is just my scenario, but I charge $2.00 per bobbin to recoup the costs of my top and bottom thread. I use Bottom Line about 95% of the time in bobbin. I don't have different charges for different threads. The most I have charged for a quilt for thread costs is $20 for a king size quilt, but most quilts average between $6 and $10 per quilt for thread charges. I don't do a lot of detailed custom quilting (rulers, marking, etc) so my ballpark psi charges are between .0125 and .020. Most of my quilts are either freehand e2e or panto (I don't do many pantos) so.... I rarely charge higher than .020 for my quilting services. So the thread charges help. My main goal is to average between $20/hour and $30/hour for my psi quilting. This per hour average--the psi quilting---does not include the thread charge. This quilting biz is a little side business for me so if I am making between $20/hour and $30/hour for my quilting time I am happy enough with that and I have a steady stream of quilts coming in (not too many quilts in line to do and not too few quilts to do). I have a little calculation on my excel spreadsheet (what I print my invoices from) where I can plug in the hours I spent on the quilt to see if I was in my $20-$30 range and usually I am right in there.

Do y'all think I am undercharging? (I don't think I am but speak up if you think I am way out of line)

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That is interesting way of doing it. I thought you were doing an additional thread charge on top of a psi. I'm more in line with Shana but I do more custom work. Most of my e2e is .02 psi and light custom starts at .03. I don't have a thread charge for BL or SoFine but I do for anything else. I have debated about that one. I don't use prewounds so it is a little cheaper for me, although yes I know it takes time. Really I put on a bobbin to wind when I take one so they wind while I'm quilting. I think I would have a hard time trying to estimate how many bobbins a quilt would take. Some that I do SID on don't take a ton of thread but they do take more time so I think I might get shorted using the bobbin charging method. I'll have to track some and see how it comes out.

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I charge by the bobbin, and charge separately for top and bobbin thread. I got a chart, I think from Superior, that is very acccurate for me, so if I lose track of number of bobbins, I go with the chart (size of quilt and density).

Size Light Quilting Medium Quilting Heavy Quilting

Lap 200 yards 400 yards 600 yards

Single 400 yards 800 yards 1,200 yards

Double 500 yards 900 yards 1,400 yards

Queen 600 yards 1,000 yards 1,600 yards

King 700 yards 1,500 yards 2,000 yards

I charge by type of thread:

1 bobbin (which I estimate at 200 yards):

Bottom Line - $0.80

So Fine - $1

Rainbow - $2

King Tut - $2.80

No one has ever complained about the thread charge and very often pick the more expensive threads when given a choice (and the price explained).

Check out my website, soquilts.com - I have a lot of info on it.


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