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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 2021 -22.7 meters
Left at the end of 2020 - 47.5 meters

sewmuchmore

Re: A few quick question for you pro's
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2021, 16:58:37 PM »
@Tinkyandi far too cheap. Although it used to take me about 20 mins, i could spend 10 mins unpicking original hem and tacking new one up. I always used to tack as they are sewn from the right side i needed to make sure i had every thing tucked in. I charged £8, apart from the chap who spent £350 on his jeans and then i charged him £15 (my reckoning was that he could afford it).
Bear in mind it is 5 years since i stopped "sewing for others" so would probably charge more now.
It may seem like a good hourly rate but take into consideration the wear and tear on your machine, cost of running your business, even if you are based at home you are still paying for electricity and heating, insurance, both public liability and your house insurance plus increase in Council Tax if your business is home based and paying for supplies including postage cost and your profit soon dwindles.
It's not easy being this perfekt

Janet

Surest1tch

Re: A few quick question for you pro's
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2021, 21:01:02 PM »
I haven't done any alterations for about 10 years but I used to charge £8 for jeans and £15+ for an invisible hem on skirts and trousers depending on how wide the trouser legs and skirts were.