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    If you don't want to do it, you could set the price sky high and the deadline weeks away. If he accepted on those terms, the job might seem a little more attractive.
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    I don't like mending and alternations but the lady that does my hair trade shaving her pants hemmed. So it works for me. I have done some for extra money but don't do much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    You weren't even tempted in the least to say, "Sure, take them off." And then give a dirty grin. :>

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    I always just say I don't do clothes.

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    I HATE alterations! Unfortunately at 5 feet tall I have to hem even petites! Grrrr....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    You weren't even tempted in the least to say, "Sure, take them off." And then give a dirty grin. :>
    When I was working wardrobe for movie production companies, I worked one movie with a lot of extras in uniform. A lot of the extras were college kids. Another woman and I had guys lined up and we'd mark the hem length and tell them to take off the pants and bring them back (thinking they'd go change and bring them back). Nope, almost every one of those kids just dropped their pants and stood waiting in their tighty whiteys for us to fix the pants. One of my nicer memories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6 View Post
    I do alterations for people, not so much any more. But they want miracles for $5. I don't know who you know that is making $$$$$$s from alterations but it is not here in PA. People who think you sew at your kitchen table expect the world for a little money as possible. Now I sew for a select few people that I know and can trust to not take advantage of me.
    They won't pay a private person good money to make alterations, But they will pay the dry cleaners. Check with your local dry cleaners and see if they have an alterations person and, if not, how much they'd pay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    You weren't even tempted in the least to say, "Sure, take them off." And then give a dirty grin. :>
    lmbo!
    i work in a quilt shop, and everyone thinks because you sew you can do..
    well, im like you, someone called the other day wanting us to put a zipper in a jacket, and i said nope, sorry dont do zippers, only sew straight lines!! you were right to say no, some people take for granted that you can sew and fix anything. not always the case!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by judylg View Post
    Several weeks ago, I was in a quilt shop in a small town. A guy walked in and took off his coat, then he said to the owner, can you fix this, she said yes. However she was not ready to drop everything and fix it right on the spot, unfortunately he thought she would. They finally settled on doing it within the hour. I thought, typical mentality of some people, you can do it the minute they want it. I left, she was working on it. It was a Friday afternoon, I know he might have needed it for the weekend. But still. Hope she was able to get her money out of that deal.
    I work inside a JoAnn's super store selling Husqvarna Viking & Singer sewing machines. We get lots of requests from people asking us if we do alterations or will embroider something for them. We're trying to sell machines not be an instant garment repair operation! grrrrrr

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patsy Beaubouef View Post
    Why do people think that just because you sew that you would like to do alterations? It's like getting a root canal.
    I used to do alterations in a bridal shop. Now I try to get out of doing ANY alterations at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    I work inside a JoAnn's super store selling Husqvarna Viking & Singer sewing machines. We get lots of requests from people asking us if we do alterations or will embroider something for them. We're trying to sell machines not be an instant garment repair operation! grrrrrr
    Same thing at our local Joann store. I gave them my business cards to pass out. People expect too much for too little. I finally told them to stop giving my name out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    You weren't even tempted in the least to say, "Sure, take them off." And then give a dirty grin. :>
    Thanks for a great laugh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maureen View Post
    I had a man come in to clean my carpet in my livingroom. My sewing room door was open and he said Oh, do you sew? Yes, stupid me says, I love to sew. Oh, says he I have four pairs of new pants that need to be shortened, could you do them for me? Thinking FAST, I said Oh no, I only sew quilts. He looked at me kind of funny. Can you imagine?
    We were putting in a new floor and the craftsman saw my quilts and commented positively. Later I asked about putting in a backsplash. We did a little "bartering" and I got my backsplash for a quilt. My husband thinks he got the better deal, but my backsplash is beautiful and well done. Sometimes bartering works, but in your case, I agree with your response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patsy Beaubouef View Post
    Why do people think that just because you sew that you would like to do alterations? It's like getting a root canal.
    I totally agree, and would even add in sewing clothing altogether!
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    Ha,You are all funny ! Needed a good laugh today! Thanks.
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    Mending, hemming, alterations, quilting.....sewing is sewing and the former makes money for the last.....LOL! I'll even repurpose clothing if you want it......if you love to sew it shouldn't matter what it is.....
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    Maureen that was a good laugh. My sister-in-law was always bringing me items to fix that her niece had pulled the seams out of or something she told someone else I could fix as I used to make our girls their dresses when they were little. With the nieces clothes I did have fun with that one. I double stitched them and gave them back. I told her that her niece was buying clothes to tight and she got upset and said that wasn't so and they don't sew them right at the factory. I've seen the clothes on her and they are skin tight. Then I got a new machine and I made a point of saying that I couldn't use it for any other purpose that for quilting and that was the end of that. They don't bother me anymore. I do mending for our kids but it is so rare.

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    Ha Ha. Funny!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie C View Post
    The only altering I do on clothing is to cut them up and make quilts!! If someone wants their clothes cut into small squares and triangles, them I'm your girl!! LOL

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