So you know someone who can sew, and you take your clothing to be altered by them.  What you don’t know is that sewing and alteration are NOT the same thing.  While you need to know how to sew in order to alter clothing, there is so much more than that.  It is like saying because you can paint, you can build a house!  Silly right?

So here are the things you need to ask your seamstress, before you leave your garments to be altered:

1. How long have you been sewing?

2. Do you have any formal training?

3. How long have you been running a business?  Is it licensed?

4. Do you have both a sewing machine and serger?

And especially for your Wedding Gown or Bridesmaid Dresses:

5. Have you ever made a wedding gown or bridesmaid dress from scratch?  (this is important because understanding the structure of these dresses play a major role when altering them).

6. How many wedding gowns or bridesmaid dresses have you altered?

There are many great seamstresses out there, but not all sewers can alter.  Some very good sewers can do a great job of a wedding dress without having a ton of experience.  Trust your instincts, if you ask these questions you should have a feel for how confident the seamstress is with your projects and whether or not you should leave them there.

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Kimberly’s Bio:

Kimberly has been sewing since 1988 when her mother used her as a guinea pig for her mother’s new sewing school!  As a teenager she helped her mother teach in her home sewing school.  Kimberly graduated from Olds College in 2000 with the Fashion Production diploma (which included courses in altering ready made clothing).  She has been doing alterations and offering classes since 2002 (prior to living in Airdrie) and has been a licensed business in Airdrie since 2007.

Kimberly has a standard sewing machine, an embroidery machine and sergers for use in her business.

Kimberly has experience sewing everything from basic apparel to wedding and formal apparel to home decor and accessories.  Her motto is “if I can fit it in my machine I can make it!”  She purchased her first embroidery machine in 1999 and has been learning and making embroidered projects since.

She has made 5 wedding dresses from scratch (and will be making her 6th in September 2015).  Over the years, she has altered about 150 wedding gowns, and hundreds of bridesmaid gowns.