How To Add Lining and Hem Your Drapes or Curtains

Finding drapes in the color, length and fabric you need is not an easy task, unless you get them custom made. But that is expensive. I found a set of drapes in the color and style I wanted, but the length was too long. Also, when I stood on the curb outside, they didn’t look good…

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Should You Charge A Minimum Fee For Alterations?

I get asked this question alot. So, let’s take an example. This morning, I found a bag on my front porch. Inside was a pair of workout pants: The customer said there was a hole in the seam at the knee and would I stitch it up? Certainly! Here is a photo of the small…

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How To Alter a Top That's Too Low Cut

Have you ever tried to alter a blouse that was lower at the neck than you were comfortable with? To make this alteration, we are going to do two things: take up the front shoulder seam and take in the collar. Generally, you don’t need to take up the back of the blouse, but have the…

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How to Alter a Top With an Elastic Hem

You’ve seen these blouses everywhere: They’ve got elastic running around the bottom edge. Many women complain that they don’t like how they look when they wear them and pass up the idea of buying them. Altering them is an easy fix. Just trim off the elastic close to the edge: I use sharp small scissors…

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

I thought you might like some ideas for Christmas presents for those who you know who sew. And I may be talking about you! Here are a few ideas in various price ranges from lowest to highest price: 1. How about some cute and practical flower head pins? These are great for all kinds of…

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How To Alter Tulle or Netting on Your Dress

This dress had two layers of satin and two outer layers of netting: so I folded up the amount needed and pinned it in place: as you can see, the amount that needs to be taken up is not even all the way around: So, I couldn’t  just cut off 2 inches. I had to…

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French Seams

I want to teach you how to alter a garment that has French Seams in it. But, first, I’d like to talk about what they are and how they are made. The French Seam is a seam that is encased within itself so that no raw edges can be seen. You’ve probably seen French Seams on many…

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Shortening Shoulder Straps on Your Dress or Top

When your dress or top needs to be taken up at the shoulders, the process is not difficult. Often, my customers will tell me to just stitch across the strap and cut off the excess. Yes, you can do a version of that, but it seldom looks professional. Many times, that procedure won’t work because…

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Adding a Corset Back to Your Wedding Dress

Have you found the perfect dress, but it won’t zip up in back? It looks and fits great everywhere else, but you just can’t zip it up? Well, here’s an alteration you can do to fix that problem. It’s called putting in a corset back and it looks like this when you are finished: I…

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Hem…Using the Inseam Measurement

Several of my customers leave their pants to be hemmed on my porch without ever coming inside. It’s because I hem their pants using their inseam measurement. Once I know what their inseam measurement is, they never have to try pants on for me again. I just sew each pair of pants at that same length. This works…

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