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Q&A: Stay Away from eBay

I received this question from Eileen Keane about selling on eBay and making a decent living…

Good morning Chuck,

Thank you for including me on your mailing list for your ezine! I'm finding lots of valuable information on it.

I've been reading the selling on eBay article and checking out other machine quilters on eBay. I have to admit, I'm very leery about listing there. Most of the longarmers I've talked to have told me that I'd be giving my work away.

If you look at my website, you'll see that I'm reasonably priced for my part of the country/state. I honestly don't know what to do; I want more business but not at the cost of making a decent living.

Thanks and I hope I hear from you,

Eileen Keane

Over the years, I've found that eBay is a great place if you want to pick up some unusual item – a vintage toy or script from a favorite movie – but I haven't really seen much for selling services that seemed like a good deal for the seller.  It seems that everyone searching eBay is looking for the lowest price, and it can be tough to make enough money to make it worthwhile.  So, here's my answer to Eileen:

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Back in the Quilting Business Business

Quilting Business BlogHello everyone, and I'm officially back in the quilting business! I know some of you don't remember me, but I've been running the web site for over five years now, and I also have a number of other quilting-related web sites that I run.

But, about a year ago, I had to take a full-time job (my accountant assured me that if I kept taking money out of my retirement fund, it would be gone by the time I retired), and I got kind of burned out on running the web sites and doing the whole “9 to 5” day job thing. So, for the past year, I've been spending most of my spare time watching the kids do their various sports and activities, and watching our puppy Ginger grow into a rambunctious dog.

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Can I Make a Living with My Quilting?

A lot of people wonder whether or not they can make a living at a machine quilting business. I'm not a fortune teller – I can't really determine whether or not you've got what it takes to succeed in a machine quilting business. Only you can make a business successful.

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Choosing the Right Quilting Machine

Over the past few months, I've received several questions about choosing the right quilting machine. I've decided to include a couple of the questions and answers in hopes that they will help you if you're looking for a quilting machine for your own machine quilting business:

Which type of long arm quilting machine do you recommend? And which frame works best?


Here's my response to this question…

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Are There Too Many Machine Quilting Businesses in My Area?

Recently, I received a question from one of the community about determining if her local market was over-saturated with machine quilting businesses (name withheld). Here is the question (which I've paraphrased for brevity):

While inquiring about the need for a long-arm quilter in our area in a local quilt shop, I was told (in a not-to-friendly tone), “There are 13 home-based quilters in our area and that's enough!” I have been very excited about starting my own business after my Gammill demo and she sure took the wind out of my sails. How do I go about doing market feasabilty without scaring my competitors?

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How to Market Your Machine Quilting Business for Higher Prices

I‘m still receiving a lot of questions about how to price your quilting services based on the quilting pricing articles I have written and posted on the site (you can check out the quilt pricing article here or another response here)

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Revisiting the Quilt Pricing Model

I've had a lot of responses to the quilt pricing model I posted on the web site. (You can check out that quilt pricing article here)

Recently, I received the following question from Gail Quast:

Chuck, I appreciate your articles – they have helped me a lot. My questions relates to the article on pricing quilting. I'm guessing the same ‘formula' would apply to doing hand quilting for a customer? I am attempting to start doing so and separately may do piecing and quilting if someone wants the entire process done for them vs. having “an old top” they need quilted.

Also, any thoughts on including pricing for computer generated design as part of planning a quilt for a customer (EQ5 or QuiltPro) followed by constrution and quilting of course.

Thanks for your input!