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A few quick question for you pro's

Tinkyandi

A few quick question for you pro's
« on: November 17, 2020, 20:51:46 PM »
I am curious ... how long does it take you all to take up a pair of jeans?

What do you charge (you don't have to answer this)?

What is your reasoning for your price?


I'll answer as well after a few folk have. It's not a competition, I'm just curious. xxx

Efemera

Re: A few quick question for you pro's
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2020, 21:01:09 PM »
About 20 minutes...I don’t charge because I refuse to do alterations... :laughing:

Kwaaked

Re: A few quick question for you pro's
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2020, 22:11:58 PM »
Jean hem?  About 15 minutes.

Cost?  10 for new hem, 12 for existing hem and 15 for work jeans...there is a brand in use here that requires a special machine that the needles are a lot more expensive for and special thread I have to buy from the brand.

Reasoning?  Retail math.  It covers my overhead, cost of supplies and my hourly wage.
« Last Edit: November 17, 2020, 22:14:35 PM by Kwaaked »

Lowena

Re: A few quick question for you pro's
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2020, 22:17:39 PM »
That's dollars as Kwaaked is in the USA
Triumph of hope over experience :D

Lachica

Re: A few quick question for you pro's
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2020, 22:20:08 PM »
About 30 mins. 10 of those measuring, remeasuring & pressing. I don't charge because I'll only do it for immediate family.
Mary
2020 stash: not gonna count, not gonna feel guilty.

Kwaaked

Re: A few quick question for you pro's
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2020, 22:23:36 PM »
Yeah, I am in the US, but I think I'd still be 10 and 12 even in Euro or pound.  Easy enough to figure.

Do you have taxes on alterations in the UK?

Kad

Re: A few quick question for you pro's
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2020, 06:43:34 AM »
I don't take up trousers  or jeans, probably never have. We are all tall and find it increasingly difficult to buy jeans and trousers that are long enough, DD, 6'2" wears 37" inseam for instance so RTW trousers  needing taking up are very rare indeed. 😉 I am occasionally asked by friends to to do so, and it's usually urgent, but my reply is always that " I'll finish what I'm doing first and then take a look". They  seem disappointed that I'm not willing to drop everything to do them a favour so find some other ' mug' to  do the deed.
Not so much patchwork as personal dressmaker to DD

Tinkyandi

Re: A few quick question for you pro's
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2020, 17:45:50 PM »
To answer my own questions ...

Takes me 10 mins for a straight forward cut and re-hem and maybe 15 mins for those awkward 'take them up half an inch' jobs.

I charge £5 (don't shoot me yet, lol)

My reasoning is ... jeans and trousers are my bread and butter jobs, and I can be on a good hourly wage just doing them. So it helps me keep my costs down on other jobs. It keeps my customers coming back time and again. They usually come the second time around with about 5 pairs to do at once lol.

I don't need to advertise and most of the time I'm too scared to as I get bogged down with work. All my custom is word of mouth usually. I have even taken on a couple of ladies to help keep things flowing. They get paid what I charge the customer and pay rent instead. Seems to work.


I do have a terrible habit of not being able to say no to a job though.

Acorn

Re: A few quick question for you pro's
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2020, 18:32:37 PM »
If I was to take jeans to someone to be shortened I would think that £5 was a very fair price for a good job.   :thumbsup:
I might look as though I'm talking to you, but inside my head I'm sewing.

Lachica

Re: A few quick question for you pro's
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2020, 20:50:43 PM »
I don't know where you're based @Tinkyandi but I think it would be at least £15 round here.
Mary
2020 stash: not gonna count, not gonna feel guilty.

Gernella

Re: A few quick question for you pro's
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2020, 12:08:05 PM »
Shortened - plain from £15

Shortened - turn ups from £20

Not me,my niece. <3

To be honest £5 is too cheap, in my opinion, especially for a good job.
Stash extension 2020 -28.5 meters
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