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Sewing alterations, how much would you pay?

I am thinking about starting a small business venture, very simple, hopefully marketable. I did have a fashion studio here before I became a mother, now it has been 6 years since I closed shop. Since my machines are collecting dust and my time is limited, but i still have the drive to start up again.
Specialising in adjusting the length of pants and skirts, that would be shortening as well lengthening, with a false hem. As I would like to broaden the client base, I want to offer the service using the postal services, ie, the client pins the pant at the required length, sends it off to me,and I will return it per post.

The going rate as is around Sfr 30-40. I found that abominable.

Would Sfr20, excluding postage (additional Sfr6), be reasonable?
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Old 20.05.2010, 11:31
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I'm paying 70 CHF to have sleeves shortened on a jacket (shop-based tailor).
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Seriously? That`s outrageous unless they`re using gold thread. Seems like Pather is onto something.
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Would Sfr20, excluding postage (additional Sfr6), be reasonable?
20 CHF is very reasonable..
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Re: Sewing alterations, how much would you pay?

20 is very reasonable, but I would not know where to pin my pants etc....that why I need to go to the tailor cause they need to fix SO much that it ends me costing (no kidding) 300-400chf.
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Seriously? That`s outrageous unless they`re using gold thread. Seems like Pather is onto something.
Aye, but don't forget that this is a shop-based service, so Pather's bound to be able to undercut the price as overheads will be less.

I reckon it's an hour of work (and I've already spend 20 min discussing how short it should be) so 70 CHF for, say, 1.5 hrs of service/work isn't too bad IMO.

The other thing is that I couldn't pin the sleeves myself, I'd rather have someone who knows about such things. Sounds stupid, but I appreciate tayloring "advice" as to length etc. to supplement my ideas and expectations (not that I get clothes tailored that often!).

Of course, I haven't seen the quality of the work yet...

Personally, I think 20 CHF is too cheap, although you do need to overcome the activation hurdle - it is easier for me to go to a shop just down from the office, than pin the sleeves myself, find a parcel and take it to the PO to send it.
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Aye, but don't forget that this is a shop-based service, so Pather's bound to be able to undercut the price as overheads will be less.

I reckon it's an hour of work (and I've already spend 20 min discussing how short it should be) so 70 CHF for, say, 1.5 hrs of service/work isn't too bad IMO.

The other thing is that I couldn't pin the sleeves myself, I'd rather have someone who knows about such things. Sounds stupid, but I appreciate tayloring "advice" as to length etc. to supplement my ideas and expectations (not that I get clothes tailored that often!).

Of course, I haven't seen the quality of the work yet...

Personally, I think 20 CHF is too cheap, although you do need to overcome the activation hurdle - it is easier for me to go to a shop just down from the office, than pin the sleeves myself, find a parcel and take it to the PO to send it.
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Re: Sewing alterations, how much would you pay?

Would you replace a zip in a pair of jeans, if so, how much would it cost?
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Re: Sewing alterations, how much would you pay?

I am paying 25 for having pants shortened
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Aye, but don't forget that this is a shop-based service, so Pather's bound to be able to undercut the price as overheads will be less.

I reckon it's an hour of work (and I've already spend 20 min discussing how short it should be) so 70 CHF for, say, 1.5 hrs of service/work isn't too bad IMO.

The other thing is that I couldn't pin the sleeves myself, I'd rather have someone who knows about such things. Sounds stupid, but I appreciate tayloring "advice" as to length etc. to supplement my ideas and expectations (not that I get clothes tailored that often!).

Of course, I haven't seen the quality of the work yet...

Personally, I think 20 CHF is too cheap, although you do need to overcome the activation hurdle - it is easier for me to go to a shop just down from the office, than pin the sleeves myself, find a parcel and take it to the PO to send it.

You have a point there, I'm based in zurich oberland, which leaves the clierntele base really small.
I charged a neighbor Sfr 35 for sleeve shortening, it was a woman's tailored jacket, i can imagine a men's jacket would be more work, but if its a professional, 30mis would be the max. time needed.
I dont have to charge 70francs, because, i'm not 'living' off my earnings.
Do you really think that ppl would find it difficult to pin their own pants?, just lay the long ones under a pair thats perfect, and pin, at the end of the shorted pants?
i could publish a step by step on the website, if that would help?
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Would you replace a zip in a pair of jeans, if so, how much would it cost?
sorry, my bernina is not so good with denim fabric, one needs an industrial machine for a perfect finish
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Hi Pather

Thanks for the repairs to the trousers - all back safe and sound and job looks good!
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You have a point there, I'm based in zurich oberland, which leaves the clierntele base really small.
I charged a neighbor Sfr 35 for sleeve shortening, it was a woman's tailored jacket, i can imagine a men's jacket would be more work, but if its a professional, 30mis would be the max. time needed.
I dont have to charge 70francs, because, i'm not 'living' off my earnings.
Do you really think that ppl would find it difficult to pin their own pants?, just lay the long ones under a pair thats perfect, and pin, at the end of the shorted pants?
i could publish a step by step on the website, if that would help?

My mother was a tailor, like my grandfather and two uncles. Me, I can barely sew a button, but I know that for a hem at least, fitting was more time consuming than the actual work, and in many cases, the fit is the hard part for alterations.

But for a simple hem, sure, 20CHF is reasonable, as long as the customer can do the fitting part. If you're fitting the same type of pants or skirt, then yea, maybe it is easy for the individual to pin their own stuff.
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Seriously? That`s outrageous unless they`re using gold thread. Seems like Pather is onto something.
It all depends on how it is done, but it must be at least an hours' work
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