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By Karen Maslowski, Sewstorm Publishing

Teaching sewing can be a satisfying career, allowing you to share your knowledge of your favorite hobby with others. But it can also be satisfyingly lucrative, as well. You can make between $25 and $50 per hour, depending on where you live and what type of classes you are teaching.

Here are some formulas I have used to price classes. (For those of you who have attended my classes on teaching sewing, this is based on the info I share in that class.)

Adult classes:

For one-shot classes, you will naturally only need to charge one fee. Aim for at least a $50/an hour wage, to account for set-up time, and the cost of samples and handouts. Also, no matter what you do there's always the chance the class won't draw as many people as you plan.

To make sure you get the hourly wage you want, here's the formula for pricing short classes:

- Determine your target hourly wage ($50)
- Multiply this rate by the number of hours in the class ($50 X 2=$100).
- Divide by the number of students you project will attend the class ($100 ÷ 20=$5)

As you can see, $5 would be way too low for a two-hour class. In most areas of the country you could charge at least $20 for such a class, and perhaps as much as $30, depending on what you are teaching. Don't be afraid to charge as much as you can, especially if this is the only time you will teach this class. (The more you teach a class, the more money you make from it!)

Ongoing classes, like beginning sewing, should be priced differently. The examply below shows how to charge for an eight-week class, such as the class in my new Adult* Beginning Sewing curriculum.

Here's the formula:

- Decide how much you want to make for the classes -- generally this will be from $30 to $45 per hour for a class with six adults. (We'll talk about children's classes below.) We'll use $40 an hour for this example.
- Multiply the hourly rate by the total number of hours in the class. In the case of the eight-week class there will be a total of 16 hours of instruction. ($40 X 16 = $640)
- Divide this amount by the number of students projected to attend the class: ($640 ÷ 6 = $106)
- This might be a little high where you live; if so, adjust it to $35 an hour, which would be about $90-95 per student.

Kids' Class Fees

Most kids' classes are paid for monthly, just as music or other lessons are paid. You can generally make more per hour for teaching children; parents are used to paying to have kids' lives enriched, and to keep children occupied. (Adults, on the other hand, are less willing to pay a lot for classes. Not only do they have less interest in keeping themselves busy, but the project costs are higher.)

The formula below assumes that you will teach one class per week, of an hour and 15 minute length. I recommend this length of class for children: an hour is about right for attention spans, but children need a little time to settle down at the beginning of a class, and a little time to clean up.

I also recommend teaching no more than four children in a class, unless you have help. The pricing formula is based on this number of students.

Here's the formula for charging for classes for kids:

- Determine your hourly rate -- I recommend starting with about $40 per hour.
- Multiply the hourly rate by the number of hours of instruction in a month. In the case of 75-minute classes, this would typically be 5 hours (remember to adjust monthly fees if you teach five weeks in a month). ($40 X 5 = $200)
- Divide the total by the number of students in the class: ($200 ÷ 4 = $50 per student.)

If the above result seems high to you for your area, call around to various dance, music and riding teachers to see what they charge, to make sure your prices are in line with theirs. Remember, sewing is a little more dangerous than music lessons, and you are teaching fewer in a class than the typical dance or gymnastics class.

Also, be sure to have a liability policy if you are teaching in your home, or if you are an independent contractor teaching at a store. Look for another article on this subject soon.

I wish you the very best in teaching sewing!

For more information on teaching, visit the Teaching Sewing page on the Sew Storm website at http://www.sewstorm.com

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