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Hi, i'm new to the LA business. my ad comes out in local papers tomorrow. How do you price a quilt with 2 designs. an all-over and a seperate for the border. would you charge the all-over price for the square inches that are done with, say, a simple meander and the panto price for the # of in the border? or a 2-design price for the total

thanks for your help.


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Hi Carmen,

Welcome to the forum. Pricing is very subjective. If you have already researched your market and know what to charge, that is half the battle.

I think that border quilting really adds something special to a quilt. It frames the quilt. If a piecer is going to take the time and $$ to add borders, I think that the quilt deserves to have the border quilted as a separate design element. Of course, the border will coordinate with the quilt theme-wise and density, too. A quilt with an open panto in the center looks odd with a dense border; it lacks balance.

Two things that you have to factor in are:

Do you plan to SID (sitich in the ditch) the border(s)? On a longarm, this is not an easy task. It is time-consuming thus should be charged appropriately.

Does the border design dictate that the quilt be turned? For example, a freemotion leave or flower border could be quilted after you quilt that panto row. So no quilt turning would be required. But if you decide to do a chain or cable, that is a border design that looks best done in one continuous motion, no stop/starts. You will have to unpin the quilt and turn it and pin again. This all takes time. More time means more money.

In my area, if a panto edge to edge costs $100; a panto with a separate border and SID would get charge $125. A panto with a separate border, SID and turning would cost about $135.

That is just the way I do it. Hope that helps. You will get other advice on this forum, too. We all like to share. Take what you need and in 6 months or so you will be answering the questions from other newbies. ;)

Linda Card

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Carnen welcome to the longarm business. A couple of years ago I was asking all those same questions. There is unfortunalty no set prices for longarm work.

Here is how I decided to set my prices.

1. I began at a lower rate as my work was not as refined as some that had been working for a long time. Basicly how I handled this was set prices and then gave startup discounts. As my work got better and I gained more customers the discounts went away. I have even raised a few of my prices in the meantime as well.

2. I spent ALOT of time cruising other peoples longarm sites. I looked at what they did, the quality of the work they did and their geographic location. I then went with prices I felt were competitive.

3. One of the biggest things in getting started is getting customers. Once you get a good customer base you will begin to have return business. Some peple (depending on where they live) begin with a good base very fast and other people take longer to gain repeat customers.

4. I think it is very important to try to determine the going rate in your geographic area as well.

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To all you helpful people out there. I had a customer ask what I would charge her to baste her quilt on my LA for her to hand quilt. I don\'t have a clue as to what to charge. Can you give me some guidance?


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For basting, I\'ve also seen 1/2 cent with a minimum price of $25 to $40 per quilt...depends on you. When I was new, I took a cut in jobs to get experience so I would quilt for $25.00. I think I remember basting a queen for around $30 to $40 (include a thread charge).

You might want to consider using water soluble thread but make sure the quilt maker is going to pre-soak or wash her quilt - you need warm water to remove the soluble thread...otherwise use a cheap thread (not black)....

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what great timing! A week or so ago, I posted a thread wondering just how to do this basting on the LA. losts of wonderful answers came back. I never thought about pricing as my project is for my church guild and I will be doing that free of charge. you can be sure that I will keep track of my time so if a customer needs this done I can charge accordingly.

thanks to everybody for all the great info I can soak up on these pages.


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