I get discouraged easily after a day of homeschool. :~) My son has Aspergers, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is probably Bipolar... throw in hormones and the poor guy has quite the frustrating day... I have to remind myself (hourly sometimes) that he is more frustrated dealing with all these issues than I am.
It's a fight every day to get him through his schoolwork. We started a membership at the Y to give him an incentive to get finished each day. I told him if he's done with schoolwork by 1:30pm every day we can go to the Y. He loves swimming and using the machines. And I need to lose 50 lbs so it won't hurt me either! LOL
He does have a lot going on and yes, it's probably equally if not more frustrating for him. You have a great idea with the Y though. He seems to love that and that's a great incentive.
I am considering a fabric cutting machine that could cut shapes as well as multiple layers of fabric. Do any of you have experience with this idea or opinions on which one is best for fabric. I seem to be finding equipment that is first for paper and then can be adapted to fabric.
I love my Big Sot by Suzzix, cheaper than Accquilt but can use the Accquilt dies.
i have rented out my machine a few times. I charge .01 a square inch. That way there is no question as to what is twin, full, queen, etc. I also charge for thread and $1 for a new needle. Has worked fine so far.
Chris, so you charge just for someone else to rent your machine, but instead of by the hour, you charge by the inch? That's an interesting way to do it. I have heard that here in town, if I was to quilt for someone, (quilt by stippling, or free motion,) the going rate is 0.01-0.02 per inch. If that is the case then, it would be better to rent the machine than do the work myself? Am I understanding it?
Yes. If I rent my machine for .01 I get X , but If I do the quilting, I get 2X , or more if it is custom.
The going rate here is .02 a square inch for stipple, meander, edge to edge, and then .025 - .05 for custom quilting, ruler work, etc. - the more time consuming, the more expensive. Which then for renting, I suppose if you have an experienced quilter who does more detail, custom quilting, you may want to charge more than .01 because that person would be on the machine for a longer period of time, or not- because you aren't doing the work and are free to work on your own project - piecing, binding, etc. and you are still getting paid. I haven't had anyone like that yet.
When it is your machine, you get to make the rules, or negotiate the price before hand.