I recently became a member to this Website and wish everyone a happy new year. I also recently became a first time shopgirl, I opened my first sewing studio, I had outgrown my second bedroom in my condo. I am working on a shoestring budget with the idea that I need to earn enough sewing to pay the office rent and the water cooler fee. I was reading past discussions about setting fees and I have determined that I am the cheapest seamstress in Dallas. Writers from the posts from April 2007 encouraged a sewer that fees could be set at $20-$30 an hour for labor. My meager fees are $12-$15 per hour and that does not include fittings or delivery or for time purchasing supplies such as threads, etc. Help! I feel like I am clearly out of the ballpark.