How much money can I make machine quilting?
The amount of money a person can make machine quilting will vary due to their location, the type of work clients are willing to pay for, and how many hours a machine quilter can devote to their business.
Our customers tell us consistently they are booked ahead weeks or even months with orders. Quilting in general has steadily increased in popularity over the years -- and continues to do so as more folks decorate with quilts and pursue quilting as a hobby. So, the more pieced tops done, the more there are to be machine quilted! In addition, machine quilters are not restricted to just their own geographic area for their client base. Many people are willing to send their quilt tops great distances to be quilted due to a certain machine quilter's reputation for creative work, the lack of machine quilters in their area or too long a waiting period.
With regard to how much to charge, overall pantograph patterns take less time to complete than custom work so should cost less to have done. Clients are expected to pay considerably more for custom work because it demands more skill, employs various techniques and requires a greater number of stitches for intricate patterns and complex designs. Other factors, such as who provides materials (batting, lining, thread, patterns) are important to consider when setting prices.
Many machine quilters rely on machine quilting as their primary source of income. We have numerous customers who've left professions to stay at home for one reason or another, yet still needed to generate some degree of income. As a cottage industry, machine quilting is an ideal pursuit to allow someone to "be their own boss", and take on as much or as little workload as they want to stay busy.