Clean up fee for minkie backs?


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Extra work = extra time = extra charge. 

 

Maybe don't call it a clean up fee, though, as that could sound as though you are charging for general cleaning.  Could you charge a minky fee, and if the customer asks, just say that minky backings require more time, due to the nature of the fabric?

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My local quilt shop that sells minky gave me the idea of buying a small hand vac.  When they cut their minky, they run the vac along the cut edges and that pretty much eliminates any fuzz from that point.  I now do that at home if I have to trim Minky.  Maybe you could try that before loading and thus have no fuzz to clean up afterwards.  

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These are all great ideas! I've been doing a lot of minkie quilts lately...and cleaning lots too! Will need to try the hand vacuum and tape roller. If it's a small back I take it outside and give it a big shake before loading. Getting ready to load another back that is too large to shake.

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If you decide to implement a fee for dealing with Minkee backers, best explain that it's for cleaning your longarm and surroundings---and that the cast-off from the Minkee can "contaminate" the next project. Make a sign for your studio stating the issue and the extra charge. Include a cartoon of a longarmer buried in fluff up to her nose. Humor can take out a lot of the sting.   :P

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I agree with Linda, Last time I had a minkee back, leaders were full of fluff and I think it's still floating around. That was 2 months ago. Now I know why customer asked me to trim for her. Cutting mat was a mess with imbedded fluff. Not worth the time or effort to clean up the mess. Just my opinion. Quilting it isn't the problem, its the cleanup after trimming.

Jeanne

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