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Crafty Classes in Aston
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Leah O.
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Linda is an awesome teacher. It's all because of her that I have the confidence to alter and repair my clothing myself. Sewing is a very useful life skill and helps me be less wasteful. I can also make unique things to be proud of!

Sewing with Denise
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Trisha P.
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Working with Denise was a great experience. I highly recommend her. She helped me out immensely with my dog pajamas and if I have any other tailoring needs I definitely will work with her again!

Skyline Sewing
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Eva G.
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I took sewing lessons with Ruby some years back when I wanted to learn how to make my own clothes. She helped me make multiple projects from patterns, including a pair of shorts and a dress. She is incredibly patient and makes the lessons really fun. There were a lot of details to sewing that I wouldn't have known without her extra pointers of advice- the kind of stuff that online instructions or those in the pattern will not teach you! Even better, I got some new clothes out of the experience that are some of my most prized possessions!

E.Carter-The Seamstress
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Breanna C.
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Great work! Super friendly with great alterations and a great host as well!!!

Heide Harper
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Wendy B.
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Heide is amazing! Her work quality is impeccable. She was flexible and accommodating. Not only did she call me from her vacation, but she completed clothing alterations for a wedding in record time at a reasonable price. Her attention to detail and skill made my dress look better than it did when I bought it!

  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Joan H.
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Perfection! I will have all of my future alterations done by Lorrie.

Pamoja Co. Sewing Services
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Adriana N.
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Mr. Gerald Williams is an absolute pleasure. He made alterations to a jacket i bought online that ended up being way to big. He asked all the right questions and took all the steps to get the correct measurements such as having me put the jacket on and him pinning it to show what needed fixing. I was very confident in Mr. Williams and i will definitely go to him again.

  • 35 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Chelsea R.
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I am still in the process working with Jolanta Designs but the work is well-done so far, and she is very professional to work with.

Cindy's Alterations
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 45 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jasmyn S.
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Cindy altered my dress on a last-minute request. (Two weeks before the wedding). She was prompt, and determined. When we went to pick up my dress she had injured herself on her screen door, but toughed it out just so she could keep doing alterations on other dresses. She is a sweet woman, and I would recommend her for any job you need. #SuperImpressed

Allise.Smile
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Karen S.
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I wanted a fur vest made with cut outs and ombré colors. She was extremely attentive to the details i wanted and kept me informed throughout the entire process. I had a deadline and she made sure that the vest was completed before that to leave room for any alterations. She was very patient with me and my last minute details as well.

Nilah & Company
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Peggyann J.
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Prompt service. Did a very nice job on my minimal alterations. Lovely and competent.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Joseph S.
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Excellent work. Very reasonable price. Hard to find, at end of short hall.

Joy Whisler
5.0
from 1 review
    Dawn S.
    Verified review

    I would recommend joy to everyone. She is kind and does great work! She altered my dress for my daughters wedding last minute. And it looks and first great!

    Ayarnah Jordan
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Marlene M.
      Verified review

      Ayarnah was perfect ! I'm a very curving girl & to find clothes that fit comfortably and doesn't take away from my figure can be quite difficult. She listened and fully executed all my wishes . Couldn't be more happier or satisfied with her alterations ! Thank you sincerely!!

      Emily C.
      Verified review

      I had a fantastic experience with Diana at Reyko Style! After years of stockpiling clothing that needed to be altered, but not being able to find someone I trusted or who had a good reputation or ratings, I am SO grateful that I found such a talented and passionate woman I could trust with my most special clothing items! I highly recommend working with Diana for your alteration needs - she is very experienced, highly professional, and makes you feel really comfortable and heard. Thank you!!

      About

      I love making people feel good in clothes. Whether they are new clothes or revised clothing. To put a smile on someones face because they are loving the way they look in 1 of my pieces.

      About

      Nilah & Company is your custom dressmaker and tailor. We specialize in the following: * custom-made wedding gowns * alterations * evening wear * vintage restorations and remakes * custom-made veils and headpieces If you can imagine it, we can create it!

      About

      I do custom dressmaking, sewing and alterations. My goal is to provide outstanding work at a fair and reasonable price. I've made wedding gowns, prom gowns and curtains. I've taken a grandmother's wedding gown and made a little boy's christening outfit. I've made dog clothes and saddle pads. Additionally, I use vintage and re-purposed clothing and fabrics for classic children's clothing, aprons and home decor items to sell at shows, as well as to customers who come to my studio. I help brides lower their stress level, all the while ensuring that their gowns will fit well and be comfortable. I work with all my customers to solve problems and give them a product they'll be happy with, and I'll be pleased to put my name on.

      • 4 years in business
      About

      How closely I get to work with our customers. I get to see their designs come to life by my own hand. It's one if the best feelings.

      About

      I make custom pet clothes, coats, t-shirts, etc. If I have the measurements, I make it to fit properly. My customers love that they can actually get something that will fit properly even if they are an in-between size, short and chubby or long and lean. I also do pet sitting at my house, and I also do dog walking in the Middletown, Odessa and Townsend areas. Exercise is great for a pet that is alone all day. I love animals; I have fur babies of my own. I also breed Chihuahuas. I treat every animal as my own, which is very much spoiled. I also give very detailed attention to their health and wellness.

      About

      Tailored to the T! Custom Designs Clothing! We offer tailor-made clothing for men and women. Our services include: *wedding gowns *sweet sixteen *quinceanera *prom dresses *baptismal clothing *communion dresses *alterations *sweet sixteen planner *dance choreography *hair and makeup *dance and theme costumes *face, leg, and arm paintings for parties

      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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