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    He Saw My Machine

    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?

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    You weren't even tempted in the least to say, "Sure, take them off." And then give a dirty grin. :>

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    lol! Talk about opening a can of worms ;-)
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    Maybe you could have traded the shortening for the carpet work.
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    good quick thinking
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    Wish I thought of that Candace!

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    Why do people think that just because you sew that you would like to do alterations? It's like getting a root canal.

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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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    Naughtyyyyy naughty...but super funnyyy
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    Good thinking!

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    even my DH laughed when i read this post to him!

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    LOL I'm with you I detest alterations! That's funny.....why do people assume because you sew you want to fix all their clothes??? Craziness!!
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    Hate, hate, hate alterations!!! A few of my friends have asked for them and I try to at least hesitate. So far, they have not given them to me. I've decided if/when the subject comes up again, I'm going to be good to myself and tell them it is like punishment.

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    The cheek of him. You are so much calmer than I would have been. Take a pat on the back for your quick and polite answer.
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    It's the same as people saying, "Oh, you're a doctor? Hey, I've got......What do you think?" My DIL says she doesn't deal with anything below the clavicle and I have still seen people try to get her to diagnose their various ailments.

    I would probably be quicker to do his alterations than to make him a quilt!

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    Hey, Don't knock it till you have tried it. Alterations bring in a lot of money. I think my husband married me because I could do things like repair the pockets in his jeans and cook from scratch. His first wife could do neither and was proud of it. If you wanted some extra money for quilt stuff you could earn it real fast doing even basic alterations or repairs. Ask anyone who has been a bridesmaid lately how much it cost them to have the dress hemmed, altered or fitted.
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    I always say my machines can't do alterations, only make quilts!!!!

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    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.

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    I know what you mean--I hate hemming!
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    Hey, that is how I used to get extra from. I don't mind and I set my own timeline. After all hems are easy breezy.

    If you don't want to do it, that is OK. If you do, you will probably get the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gailinva View Post
    I always say my machines can't do alterations, only make quilts!!!!
    I am with you on that.People in my small town hear that I can quilt and are always stopping me and wanting mending or hemming.I detest that but politely say I quilt and cannot work on clothes-2 different worlds
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    I only quilt also, I use to make clothes and now I hate to sew a button on, maybe I am just lazy.
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    Sewing was my first love, quilting came about 4 years ago. I still do limited alterations for people. I at one time was a professional tailor and dress maker, left that business about 20 years or so ago. I do charge for the alterations I do & I have my steady customers & I still enjoy it.

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    I find it is a quick way to make pocket money.

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    That's a hilarious answer, Candace! hahahahaha!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpspeedy View Post
    Hey, Don't knock it till you have tried it. Alterations bring in a lot of money. I think my husband married me because I could do things like repair the pockets in his jeans and cook from scratch. His first wife could do neither and was proud of it. If you wanted some extra money for quilt stuff you could earn it real fast doing even basic alterations or repairs. Ask anyone who has been a bridesmaid lately how much it cost them to have the dress hemmed, altered or fitted.
    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.

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