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March 24, 2016

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Men love cars and guns.  Ladies, well, we feel the same way about sewing machines.  That’s why I was over-the-top giddy when Laura at Guarantee Vacuum and Sewing (Kokomo, IN) told me my new cover...

March 16, 2016

I have three best friends in sewing, all from Janome/New Home

 

Here’s my main work-horse, a Janome Travel-Mate that I bought in 2002.  It’s a very basic model sewing machine and was the only one I had when I started alterations as a business.  A large portion of the a...

February 2, 2016

Fixing the problem of itchy wool at the neck and in the sleeves with a soft jersey knit (hand-sewn to avoid visible stitches):

 

Adding an interior pocket, also hand-sewn:

 

With a matching hat!

 

 

~Rebekah Marks

January 26, 2016

My talented cousin, Katie, staged a stylized wedding photo shoot featuring the services of local businesses.  She asked me to alter a suit for one of her groomsmen.

 

Before I worked on it, the shoulders were droopy big, the sleeves too long, the midsection too wide.  Yo...

November 28, 2015

I like a bargain.
I love finding just what I want for next to nothing. 

 

I also like good quality.
That’s why more often than not, I’m bypassing the bargain bin to get something that will last longer than the car ride home.

 

Translate this thought to the world of dresses...

October 30, 2015

Being a mom and homemaker is hard work!  Add a small business onto that…  How do I keep my sanity?!

 

Routines.

 

I start each day the night before by setting out clothes (my children choose their own), making lunches, and tidying the house – a whole-family job.

 

I get...

October 27, 2015

Fittings are more or less complicated, depending on the garment. 

 

Do you need your pants hemmed?  Try them on, I’ll pin the length, you’ll pick them up later.  Simple.

 

Not everything is so quick, though.

 

If you have a suit, prom dress, mother-of-the-bride dress,...

October 20, 2015

 

There are only two main requirements for starting an alterations business:

 

Number 1: (and it’s number one for a reason!) is a LOVE of making clothes fit clients.  Without this motivation, you’ll make yourself miserable and your clients will see through any fake excite...

October 13, 2015

Rolled hems account for 75% of the hems I sew.  They look scary if you’re not familiar with how to do them, but they really are easy if you follow these steps:

 

1.       For my hem foot, I allow a 5/8” seam allowance – give or take.  I don’t take exact measurements for...

October 9, 2015

A zipper is easy to operate, right?

 

Well... there really is a correct way to do it, in order to keep the teeth from being stressed and/or breaking, which is the main cause of the zipper replacements that I do. 

 

Ready for it?

 

Go to the top of the zipper and fasten the h...

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