Quilting for Money?

United States
January 1, 2007 11:36am CST
I've been quilting for a couple of years but was using a long arm quilting machine owned by a friend. She's moved out of town and so I no longer have access to the machine. When I looked into buying one of my own, the cheapest I could find runs about 10,000.00 dollars. The only way I can justify spending that kind of money is to use it for a business. Does anyone out there actually sell their quilts? If so, can you make enough money to cover the cost of materials and your time? I see the mass produced ones selling in retail stores for 50.00 to 150.00, but they are usually poor quality materials. But when I checked an on-line auction site, quilts weren't selling at all. So I'm wondering if anyone has sold their quilts. Also, and I'm not trying to sell anything here, just looking for an honest answer. Would you buy a custom made quilt -- something with pictures of your family, pets, friends, or a design of significance to you and how much would you be willing to pay?
11 responses
@lulylove (1561)
• Brazil
2 Jan 07
I think that the important one is to know if valley the penalty. Therefore it is not I validate to only think about the price when we could be rewarded later. But 10.000.00 are much money. I do not know if I would be capable to pay a so high price thus.
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• United States
7 Jan 07
Thank you for your comments, though I don't quite understand what you are saying. Seems to have lost it in the translation.
@dundern (247)
• Finland
2 Jan 07
umm what is quilting i am curious to know whast it is :)
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• United States
7 Jan 07
Briefly, quilting is piecing together scraps of material to create pictures or designs. The quiltop thus created is layered with a batting and a backing piece which are sewn together using decorative stitching. The resultant blanket is usually very warm. Quilts were traditionally made by recycling old clothing and other materials. This was done from necessity to provide bedding and because there weren't many fabric shops in pioneer towns. Nowadays, though, quilting has become a hobby, even an art form, and many quilters purchase fabric by the yard to create their quilts. Their finished products are displayed rather than used. I plan to post some pictures to better demonstrate the techniques and finished products as well as some of the equipment used to make them, but I understand I have to reach 500 posts before I can do so. Check back later if you would like to see them.
@harsh1985 (595)
• India
2 Jan 07
i am unaware about the maching you are buying!!but in each and every we should expect quality..because low quality machinary sold in less money but no longer efficient.
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• United States
7 Jan 07
In other words, you get what you pay for, right? So true. Thanks for your comment.
@kdarrell (1566)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
I make quilts and sell them for a little profit. I had an old sewing machine that my husband bought for me for around $150 six years ago. This year "santa" gave me one for christmas that was around $400 so now I am making my quilts on a bit better machine. I have made three quilts for profit so far, am in the process of making one, and I have an order for one more. I usually sell them to the girls at work.
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@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
2 Jan 07
I think quilts are very nice. But I wouldn't buy/order a custom made one for myself. This is partly because my husband doesn't like quilts. I might buy one as a wedding present or an anniversary present for a friend or a relative, if it had pictures and was more complex than I could make myself.
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• United States
2 Jan 07
i dont see people use quilts that much anymore so if you ask me it isnt worth it because most people just go buy the 5-10 dollar blanket from walmart or something
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
2 Jan 07
I think quilts are hard to sell. Unless you can come with modern, not to busy design. Contact any interior designer and ask for possible pricing.
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@sahergul (774)
• Pakistan
1 Jan 07
well am wayz far of you buddy... can give u a point by responding to ur discussion :)
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@janet069 (663)
• United States
1 Jan 07
I don't know where you looked for a machine but 10,000 is way too much to pay. You can find them starting at 3,000 and going up. My aunt bought a used one for 1500 and she quilts everyday. One thing she does is quilt for the public. Sometimes she will quilt one of her own but she makes her most money quilting for other poeple. Take a look on Ebay, you can buy machines for under 1000. I know you still have to have frames to hold the quilt but those are easily made or bought for around 1200. Sometimes I sell quilts too and yes people will buy them.
@trysameer (219)
• India
2 Jan 07
i don't know whether you r lookin for a machine or what dear..? its better u ask for a psycho consultant...
@lulylove (1561)
• Brazil
2 Jan 07
I think as you. I believe that a specialist would be the best one to opnar in this case. Therefore I do not know as well as I would be the proportionate return for the machine.
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• India
2 Jan 07
try to b in contact with the people who kno such things