You know what I don't like so much, is went you show someone a dress, or shirt that you have created, and ok I'm still a beginner so,everything isn't perfect yet.
But then you have people who really are looking for the faults to point then out to you.
Then I feel like asking if they also do this when they buy there own clothes in a store, because to be honest, when you look at clothes in a shop I do see sometimes lots of errors or things which are not sewed properly.
I always invite people like that to make one and then show me how they did it. I am sure your sewing projects are beautifully done! I wonder how many of the ones looking for faults really feel inadequate. Perhaps they need to bring others down in order to build themselves up.
What annoys me is people who buy things that don't fit in the first place and think you can make it a perfect fit. These are people who don't sew and stand there and tell you it is just a matter of running it up there and shortening it here.
I once had a Woman from work get me to replace the zip in her skirt 3 times as they kept breaking even a Jeans zip went. She would not have it that the skirt was just too tight and that she had put on weight. Kept blaming bad zips.
Yet on the other hand I have a Lady who gets cross when I say how much and insists on paying at least half again of what I asked. It is just finding the good customers who appreciate your work.
I love it when people want to pay you more than you ask. Most of them really know what is involved with sewing/quilting/embroidery.
I suppose the same can be said for digitizing. I have tried it -- I am happy to pay for designs because of the work involved.
I hate it even more when people add 'you are so crafty' in a voice that makes it sound both like a character fault of mine and an excuse for getting it free.
and I still fall for it now and again...
The incredulous looks when I explain mending isn't the same as embroidery. Isn't sewing all just sewing? lol
Do what you love or for who you love to do things for, and steer clear of the rest! Life is too short. Glad you passed! These types of people can spend so much money on these items and so easily seem to put items into others hands without understanding the risk they could be taking. Wise is the person to not let those tasks fall into their own hands when they have not the skill to be doing those things as a business, embroidery you are gifted, alterations may be quite another...having not seen your work ;) . Family can be an exception if desperate...but the phrase CAN BE , can also open a huge can of worms that can be very unpleasant! Glad you made this escape! Smile and enjoy your embroidery machine! Pam
Smiling and happy I told them they need someone that can do alterations in their sleep.
If you only charge 5 dollars, no wonder they want you to do it.
That isn't what I would charge, it is what they offer. Some of the shops in the area charge $8 for hemming dress pants. They say I don't have the overhead -- so no need for the higher price. I just wouldn't be willing to pull my hair out for that price. lol
I'm with you........I will not do alterations or repairs unless I can slap a design over it.......
I knew you would understand!
It's a hard place to be isn't it? I know I would like to help my friends out but don't want to take the chance of ruining something. I have finally figured out that if I tell them I know how to make almost anything but don't know how to "fix" things they are ok with that. I do love to make little-or sometimes big-gifts as a surprise and generally they are received with much happiness and thanks.
I like your idea!
It can be a slippery slope sometimes when you are working with other peoples clothing or other items...I hesitate sometimes to alter or embroider on anyone's items in the event that there is a "mistake" and it could ruin the item...then you are in a real pickle!
That is one reason I don't do formal or wedding gowns. I cannot even think about cutting fabric that costs more than $25 per yard.
I am glad I am not alone!
I made custom made window treatments for many years and the fabrics cost well above the $25 per yard that you mention and it never bothered me but now that I am "retired" I don't want to work on people's things knowing something could go wrong. It just is not worth the little bit of money you make. I only do simple alterations for family and a few close friends and I don't charge for it.
Love it! I altered a wedding dress and only charged her $50 dollars because she was a friend of my daughter and her budget was tight.. Will never do that again! The hours I spent! I did tell her though that the alterations I made would have cost well over $200.00 in a shop. Now I have gotten myself into making new seat covers for my nephews popup trailer! Guess I'm going to have to learn the word no! he he he
Funny how people think that we can take 10 minutes and just throw something together or quickly fix or alter. Gratefully, there are folks nearby that appreciate what I do and never ask for a discount. I love doing work for them!
That's like asking Picasso to paint your barn. LOL
I have offered to do fancy hems suing the embroidery machine. lol They declined. The flowers were too much! lol
$5 !#!! The dress shops where these dresses are purchased want a minimum of $75. I just hemmed 2 prom dresses and they were needed in less than a week and as I was pinning the one young lady asked if I could add a slit. I told here I didn't know how to do that! I traded my services for cat/house sitting while we are on vaca for 2 weeks. Hugs. Nan W
The $5 was for hemming men's dress pants. I am afraid I would have laughed if the offer was for dress altering. I am sure the dress shops get paid more for dresses. Although, some of the shops closed their doors in recent years. I have only ever been offered the job for no pay. Maybe they had similar troubles.
I think however much you show people what you do you will still get asked to hem pants and mend holes.
I am sure you are right as I had information on the windows of my car and strangers would still ask me to mend and hem...
He he he! Love this post!! Love Chris
I almost wanted to do one man's hem as he offered more than the shops would ask and he said he wanted to support local small businesses. :-D
Have been known to do alterations for my teenage grandchildren [who appreciate it] but get a bit nervous with anybody else, so usually make excuses. Love the post below about the quilting machine which only quilts [well I do know that these are in use, but suspect that this is an excuse too]
I hem my boy's dress pants, when I am in the mood. lol But I don't do their suits as they are purchased from a shop that does alterations.
I never do any alterations as I learned from the past that no one is ever pleased with what you do. I just say that I do not do alterations. Yes , I do do my granddaughters and that is free.
I had heard from other sewists that people would complain... Since it is not my favorite thing to do, I pass on the requests.
I even hate to do my own.
Just for your information, my friend in Auburn alters formal dresses all spring long and charges a minimum of $20 for adjusting the hem. Maybe that would be worth the effort, though not for me.
The only dress altering I have been asked to do was for a favor (in other words -- free). I declined. I get asked about hemming men's dress slacks all the time. Often they want someone cheaper and/or faster than the local shops. I decided any stitching I do, I should do because I enjoy it. ;)
Absolutely. Pleasure sewing.
My standard answer when asked to alter things is Sorry my machine doesn't do that kind of sewing , it is a quilting machine , just does quilting .
I love this!!
Have to keep this in mind !