What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Realizing there are competitors I quote an hourly rate for sessions lasting from 2 to 3 hours. The quoted dollar amount you see is multiplied by the total hours and minutes of the conducted session(s). One example is $25.00 per hour for a session that lasts from a minimum of 2 hours, and a maximum of 3 hours, the total fee would be from $50.00 to $75.00, accordingly, and NOT $25.00.
Group sessions are also available and less cost (than the above example) per person.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Start anew with instructions and info, and refresh things they may have forgotten. I encourage questions, explain and demo until they understand, and review often.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Certified Trained Sewing Instructor with decades of sewing experience and have sewn countless garments, and home decor. I constantly read articles, view videos, watch other seamstresses on their TV shows, previously worked in a large fabric store and help customers with their sewing projects, and fabric choices. Recently learned how to make patterns manually, and hone pattern fitting issues.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've known how to sew for decades, and know how to sew well. Before retiring from full-time work, I decided to teach sewing more diligently, more frequently to share the craft, and inspire others to learn to sew.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Absolute beginners, some with little experience, and some with years of experience. Teach them how maintain and use their machine, how understand pattern instructions, pattern alterations, fitting, sewing techniques, fabric characteristics, garment construction, draping, and pattern making.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Two of my most recent wanted to finish garments they had started to put together and needed guidance. They both are serious, determined, and are increasing their sewing skills with my help. Also, teaching someone to make a quilt. She's excited, creative, and comprehends. Also made patterns for a client, and she was very pleased.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Keep your sewing machine in good working order, use the best supplies and notions that you can. Also, when learning to sew be very patient because we all make a lot of mistakes when first learning to sew, and many of us still do.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Their budget, patience and dedication. I'm competent, skilled, and continue to learn. Price quoted is based on the distance to travel to the student.