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Federal Way Tailors And Seamstresses

Browse these tailors and seamstresses with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Federal Way.

The Seamstress
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Carol M.
Verified review

Alina is very professional and extremely pleasant to work with. I found Alina on Angie's List and was impressed with the number of "A" ratings and reviewers' comments. I needed to hem my Tae Kwon Do uniform but due to an impending promotion belt test (and family emergency) I was unable to give an acceptable lead time. Alina was very accommodating to my circumstances and was able to turnaround the job within 24 hours! I found her prices to be comparable to other tailors and have heard that she's willing to work with you to match her competitor's rates. Alina is an excellent craftswoman who takes pride in her work and listens to what you need done. Moreover, although I live in Lynnwood, it was very easy to locate her address if traveling down I-405. I highly recommend hiring The Seamstress for all of your alteration needs.

Sew Generously
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Lesa S.
Verified review

David took some of my party dresses and gave them new life! We did a pre-tailoring assessment that was really thorough, and after a short turn around I had two perfectly fitting cocktail dresses. I was billed promptly and professionally, at a reasonable price. I'm happy to recommend him to anyone who loves thrift chic: he knows the styles and fabrics, and the ins and outs of the fussy qualities of older pieces. Totally aces, this guy.

Nini's of Seattle
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Shaun E.
Verified review

Conscientious and meticulous seamstress. Reasonable too!

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Jane S.
Verified review

These girls were wonderful! Very quick and efficient work. They were willing to do anything that needed done in order for my dress to fit perfectly and look beautiful. THANK YOU!

About

We are professional tailors and dressmakers specializing in custom wedding dresses, evening gowns, custom jeans, custom pants and office suits for women. We also do expert alterations for men and women. We won King 5 Best of Western Washington's Best Alterations and Tailoring category in 2013.

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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