Cindy Roth has been a professional longarm quilting for nearly 20
years. In that time she has seen machine quilting in general, and longarm
quilting specifically, become a recognized and accepted alternative to
hand quilting. Many prestigious quilting awards have been awarded over the
past several years to quilts that have been machine quilted.
During this time of unequalled growth and acceptance of longarm quilting, many professional longarm quilters have had to deal with the issues of running a professional quilting business.
From 2006 to 2009, Cindy Roth has been the business columnist for Unlimited Possibilities magazine. (Unlimited Possibilities is now Machine Quilting Unlimited) Below are two collections of articles she has written for Unlimited Possibilities and other professional quilting magazines.
Many professional quilters struggle with the issue of how to price
their quilting services to their customers. As a professional quilter you
have a major investment in a machine, quilting tools, templates and
supplies for your machine. You have also spent your valuable time to
practice, practice, practice and develop your quilting skills and style.
Cindy advocates a professional approach to pricing, not "I'll charge what
everyone else in the area is charging." The pricing articles in this
booklet will help any professional quilter make educated choices in
setting their prices, no matter what "everyone else in the area is
Included in this booklet are the following articles:
How Much Are You REALLY Making?
How CAN I Earn More $$ From My Quilting?
How Many Quilts Can I Quilt
Pricing for Commission Quilts
Calculating the Cost of Thread
(originally published in Professional Quilter Newsletter)
Binding Quilts ~ More $$ for You!
If you are a new longarm quilter, a wannabe longarm quilter or a longarm quilter of many years experience, the information in this spiral bound booklet will help you quilt less and make more money.
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Pricing for Your Longarm Quilting Business
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Next to your quilting machine and your thread collection, what is
the most important piece of equipment in your studio? If you answered,
Your Customer Worksheet, you are correct! These pieces of paper are very,
very IMPORTANT to you business.
In these articles you will be shown the important parts of a Customer Worksheet and why they are important. Many tips about running your business and the pricing of your quilting services are include in these articles.
As a bonus, the article, The Unhappy Customer - What to Do? is included in this collection. What DO you do if your customer is unhappy with your work? (and yes, this will happen!) Do you know that what you document about your customer's quilt on your Customer Worksheet is directly related to what you can, or will be able to do to make your unhappy customer happy?
If you have been in the quilting business for a while, you NEED this booklet. If you are a new quilter, or thinking of starting a quilting business, you NEED this booklet!
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BOTH the Pricing Articles and the Customer Worksheet Articles
only $25.00 AND shipping is included in the price!!
In early Spring 2011, I posted a Machine Quilting Business Survey,
consisting of 10 questions, on the Longarm University website and sent it
to the names on the Longarm University mailing list. It was also
advertised on several Yahoo Groups machine quilting groups and it was also
forwarded to other lists, chat groups and quilting organizations. The
survey was hosted at Survey Monkey
where the responses were collected, tallied and the percentages
calculated. This survey was posted for several weeks. No personal
information was collected in this survey and there was no way to determine
where respondents were located.
After reading the report I am sure that you will agree that Professional Machine Quilting is an exciting, vibrant and growing industry!
To view the Machine Quilting Business Report (pdf file) Click Here
On October 13, 2010, I had the pleasure to give a presentation on
Professional Machine Quilting in Washington State to the Lt.
Governor’s Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International
In preparing for this presentation, I looked at several statistical sources about quilting in general, created my own survey of Professional Quilters in Washington State and made many assumptions based on my knowledge of machine quilters and machine quilting.
My main source of information about the quilting industry in general was the Quilting in America 2010 Survey. To view this survey Click Here
I took the information from the Quilting in America 2010 Survey and along with what I know about professional machine quilters, I put together the following presentation.
To view my presentation in a pdf file Click Here
I also included information from a very un-scientific survey of machine quilters in Washington State. To view the results of this survey in a pdf file Click Here
The final part of my survey was to make comments that would be passed along to state legislators.
To view Part 1 of the Survey Comments in a pdf file Click Here
To view Part 2 of the Survey Comments in a pdf file Click Here
February 2015 Note: For several years there was a video posted of my presentation. Unfortunately, the video is no longer available.
If you have any comments about my presentation to the WA State Legislators or about my surveys, send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org