“I took home economics in high school. And I just fell in love with sewing. I went to get a job at a clothing store, Karl Karesh. That’s where I learned the trade. I worked there for 10 years, and then I went into business for myself. That was 24 years ago.

“Alterations mean pretty much everything but putting together the clothing from scratch. I used to do a lot of dressmaking years ago, but with the scissors rubbing and all the cutting, it was too hard on my hands. I can already feel some symptoms of arthritis.

“I use what they call the ol’ 1531 Singer. I have it serviced, but I’ve had this machine 25 years. Most of my work is hemming on pants, but I do everything: men, women, bridesmaids. Shortening the collar, now that’s a complicated — but very unusual — job. I have a contract worker now. She picks some stuff up and helps me out a lot. In the summertime it’s tough because there are so many weddings.

“When I used to make wedding dresses, the most beautiful one I made was a gown for my sister. I basically never sew in my own house; everything is here in the shop. If I have to do something at home, it better be white because that’s the only color thread I have in the machine!

“I like my job because I can set my own hours and work at my own pace. Sewing is comfortable. In fact, it’s peaceful. Clothes made a difference. If they don’t fit, the person isn’t going to look good. Then people just end up looking at the clothes and not the person — at least that’s what I do, but then I am an alterationist.” —as told to Lynsy Smithson Stanley

Stitching In Style is located inside Nula at 320 King St. 722-0329


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