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Portland Seamstresses

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Judee Moonbeam Studio
from 21 reviews
  • 43 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tina M.
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Judy did a fantastic Job and was incredibly reasonable in her pricing. She was fast without compromising the quality of work. I will definitely keep her in mind for referrals as well as for myself anytime I need work done. Its ALWAYS good to know a great seamstress!

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Sew Truly Yours
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cristi R.
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When I first went wedding dress shopping, I had one of those moments when I knew I found "the one". But little did I know I was going to have another moment at my final dress fitting. Sarah did such an amazing job at making the dress fit me instead of the other way around. When I put it on, I truly saw myself as a bride at that moment. Her attention to detail was immaculate. There were so many beads to work with but she put every single one back on when she had to remove them to take in the bust. She also was so very helpful in determining what kind of bustle would best suit my style. I've never worked with such a kind and caring seamstress, who made me feel like she was altering a dress of a family member, with the amount of work and love she put into it.

Epress Sewing
from 8 reviews
    Kim P.
    Verified review

    We have been going to Valentina for years. She is an expert seamstress who is also a delight. Highly recommend her services.

    stitch in time
    from 5 reviews
    • 10 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Melissa N.
    Verified review

    Emmer has been my daughter's sewing teacher for six years. Emmer is a very accomplished seamstress and quilter. She teaches a wide variety of skills. She's very reliable and knowledgeable. She is great at teaching both children and adults and makes the lessons fun. My daughter actually won Jr. Textile division at the county fair thanks to her lessons with Emmer. My daughter has learned so much, and I would highly recommend her.

    Maria Rose Sews
    from 1 review
    • 2 years in business
    Deborah N.
    Verified review

    Maria is incredible! She's a great seamstress, but she's also particularly good at assisting in the development of a design. She does everything from pattern making to partnering with you to solve a design issue, or helping you to learn a new sewing technique yourself. I worked with her while she lived in SF, and have yet to find someone as good as her now that she's moved.


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      I repair all fabric, some leather clothing, upholstery, monograms, and repair fronts of jeans for construction workers. I have 40 years of experience, and am affordable!

      Q & A

      Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

      What do seamstresses do?

      Seamstresses provide tailoring, alteration and custom sewing for clothing or costumes. Seamstresses can reshape clothing that is too big or too small so that it fits properly — for example, hemming pants that are too long or bringing in the waistband of pants or a skirt that is too large. Seamstresses can also provide more complex alterations such as adding tucks to shape a dress or bringing in the body of a shirt. More time and expertise will be required for challenging fabric such as silk or clothing with lining, like a blazer or lined slacks. Seamstresses are also skilled in altering wedding dresses and other formal wear. The time and skill required for these types of alterations is greater than for basic tasks like hemming, so be sure to find an experienced seamstress to handle your special items.

      Many seamstresses can also custom-make clothing for you. To come up with the design, you can bring in a pattern you like or an item of clothing you want the seamstress to replicate, or ask the seamstress to create a pattern for you. You can bring your own unique design to life with the help of a seamstress. There is no formal job training required to be a seamstress; many learn to sew and design from practical experience. For larger projects, like tailoring a suit, always be sure to review portfolios of work and read about the seamstress’s experience before committing.

      How much do seamstresses charge?

      The price for seamstress services will vary depending on the type of work you have done. The national average rate for a seamstress or tailor is $150-$280. Simple projects like repairing holes and hemming jeans usually have flat rates; larger projects, such as sewing custom creations, altering suits or altering wedding dresses, are typically priced based on the specifics of the fabric and pattern and the amount of work time needed. Here are a few examples of tailor and seamstress average costs:

      • Shorten sleeves of a dress shirt: $19.
      • Shorten jacket sleeves: $23 (without buttons) to $28 (with buttons).
      • Take in the body of a jacket: $40 (two seams) to $52 (three seams).
      • Take in a dress shirt: $20.
      • Adjust the shoulders of a jacket: $35.
      • Hem a skirt or dress: $10-$14.
      • Take in or let out a skirt or pair of pants: $15 (unlined) to $20 (lined) or $25 (with a zipper).
      • Shorten top-stitched pants: $10.
      • Shorten cuffed pants: $14.
      • Shorten lined pants: $14.
      • Shorten lined and cuffed pants: $18.
      • Take in a sheath dress: $45.
      • Restitch a fraying seam: $5.
      • Replace buttons: 50 cents each.
      • Move a button: $2.
      • Add a hook and eye: 50 cents per set.

      Are you supposed to tip a seamstress?

      Tipping seamstresses is not standard protocol. That said, anytime a talented seamstress goes above and beyond, offering a gratuity is a thoughtful gesture. A gratuity might be appropriate if the seamstress accepted a large project for you at the last minute — for example, hemming new suit pants the night before your work trip or taking in your party dress the day before your birthday. A gratuity may also be appropriate as recognition for the long hours of skilled stitching that your seamstress has put in altering your wedding dress, which often requires multiple fittings and precise fixes to make your dress perfect. If you do decide to offer a gratuity, first ask if the seamstress accepts gratuities; if they do, offer them an additional 15 percent to 20 percent of the total bill.  

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