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Clean up fee for minkie backs?

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Do you charge extra for a quilt with a minkie back? How about a t-shirt top and minkie back? It seems a fee to cover time for studio clean up would be appropriate.


Heidi Patterson

APQS Blissed Millennium with Quilt Path

APQS Sales Rep - Educator - Authorized Service Rep

Boise, Idaho

208-861-5018 (cell)

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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?


Betsy

quilting with Emmeline, a 2011 Freedom SR

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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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The hand vacuum is a good idea.  I keep on of those sticky rollers nearby, cut then roll, cut then roll--that way all the fuzz doesn't get out of control.


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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.


Heidi Patterson

APQS Blissed Millennium with Quilt Path

APQS Sales Rep - Educator - Authorized Service Rep

Boise, Idaho

208-861-5018 (cell)

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If you serge the cut edges, would that reduce or stop the fuzz?  I so it, you might simply charge an extra $10 to $20 to serge it yourself, prior to putting it on the frame.  

 

Cagey


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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


Linda Rech

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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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