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Mrs. Fix-it

Posted by: Sarah Moeck

I get a lot of customers that come into our store that ask if we do alterations. (We do; alterations and patch and fix-it work.) I get almost as many pieces of clothing that need to be repaired as I get items that need to be cleaned. (Maybe its more a 30-70 ratio; I was never very good at math.)

I have had people ask in the past ways to keep their clothes cleaner, ways to get out stains, etc. There have been multiple posts on this blog on that very subject. What I haven't ever been asked, that I think may help some customers, is how to keep your clothes more alteration free :)

It seems every customer that comes into the store with an alteration, they also have some piece of advice on the "avoidance of further alterations" subject. I am just going to share all of their suggestions with the broader audience:

1. From a Police man with a split seam all down the very back of his pants: "Do not play basketball in your uniform."

2. From the young man with a split up the entire front of his pants: "Don't Russian dance to your cell phone ring when the pants aren't as loose as your work-out pants. Especially if you are on a first date with a girl you are really interested in."

3. From the older gentleman with 3 pairs of Levi's: "Get the knees reinforced BEFORE they wear out, when you know they don't make this style in your size anymore."

4. The woman with the button down shirt which was devoid of any buttons: "Don't try to take off a button down when you are upset."

5. The young man with missing buttons on his collared shirt: "Have your mom teach you to sew a button before you move away from home."

6. The older woman who needed an entire coat zipper replaced: "When the zipper won't move that does not mean, 'try harder.' It means, stop trying to make the zipper work before you make a bigger mess."

7. The business man who needed both pants pockets sewn up: "Remember that there are holes in your pockets before you put money in there and then loose it because of the holes."

8. The doctor with burned holes in the front of his chemists coat, with a shrug: "At least it was the lab coat and not my shirt. I guess that's what lab coats are for right?"

9. The woman who needed her pants taken up half a foot: "When they don't see your size in the store, check on line before you buy something three sizes too long."

10. From the mother getting the hem of two small pairs of church pants let out:

"No one tells you when you want a baby that in four years they are going to be kids, then in ten more they will be teen-agers."