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Monday, September 6, 2010

Alterations

Somehow it always happens. I used to sew for others and even accepted alteration jobs. I stopped long ago even though I'll fix a hem or zipper every now and then for someone. But yesterday after church and as I carried the bag with the little girl uniforms I hemmed the night before, someone else is calling out, "Jackie here's the dress can you have this done by Tuesday!!!!" So I'm giving her the 'what are you talking about, why didn't you call me before now ' stare. She blamed her daughter for whom the alteration is for anyway and she's looking like ooh I hope she'll do it. It's a formal gown that needs taken in on the bodice sides. The girl is so tiny. Anyway, long story short, I hope to do that later this afternoon. But before I could even look at the dress, someone else stops me to discuss taking in a halter top that's too big. I said yes, I'll do it. I guess the only reason I agree to do these types of alterations is because they are simple ones to me. Of course people who don't sew can't see there is a lot of work involved to make it look like you bought it in the perfect size to fit you off the rack. "All it needs is taken in here and that's it." HAHA, What do they know! Also if I wanted to do more alterations on the side, I guess it could happen in a heartbeat because the word gets around. Well wait until they get their bill. LOL Does this sound like venting. I'm not really upset or anything, I'm just saying LOL...
Have a great day!

8 comments:

Aminat said...

I do alteration and sew for people as well, but I am jacking up my price a little bit now. I don't like doing alterations, but I still do some quick ones and make more money from little jobs....Yeah...they should wait till they get their bills..lol.....Have a great week

Faye Lewis said...

Well I'm venting. I been doing so much for others lately that it has put such a damper on doing my own sewing. I've got to put a stop to this.

Elle C said...

I hate sewing for other people and I only sew for myself and people I love. Period. No exceptions. People who don't sew always underestimate the amount of work involved. I don't have enough time to do all the sewing I want to do for myself, I certainly don't have enough time to sew for someone else.

Victoria said...

I know exactly what you mean. I also do alterations and sew for others. People always makes things sound so much easier said then done. Funny, I just posted a bit on the subject of sewing for others at my blog www.tenthousandsewinghours.blogspot.com. It's funny how we can often share the same experiences! Much luck to you:)

gwensews said...

I used to have an alteration business. But, that was BUSINESS. Now, I don't do alterations for anyone, except my immediate family. Because I don't like to, plus it is MY time being used doing something I resent.

Kathy said...

I also run a part-time alterations business. In fact, I'm getting too busy to keep up, especially after working a full-time job. But I love the extra money.
I'm also thinkin of jackin up my prices a tad.
I get asked to fix things by my boss, and he has never offered to pay me! I even put a zipper in his leather jacket! Talk about gall. hehehe. "It won't take you long!" yeah, right.
Good luck with yours!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

This is why I don't start... I hope you are charging them what your time is worth!

Alethia said...

LOL! Boy do I know what you mean. Read my blogs on the subject;

"How Do I Charge For My Services"

"Diary of a Mad Black Seamstress"

" I Should Like to do Alterations because___?"

"Sources for Pricing"