I like to say that “if it needs to be sewn, I can do it.” Since launching my business in 1998, I’ve undertaken and successfully completed countless projects. The two main service areas are clothing and home decor.
These days, most of my work with clothing is altering ready-made garments. No two bodies are the same, even if they are the same basic measurements. It is rare to find something in the store that fits exactly the way it should. Sleeves might be too long. Jeans might need to be hemmed. A little tuck here, a little dart there, and the whole garment hangs better. Typically, when a client comes in for a fitting, I have them try on the garment and I mark the alterations. Following completion of the alterations, the client comes back in to make sure the fit is just right.
When I started my business I did not anticipate the volume of formal wear that would be coming in for alterations. Over the years, this has become a large part of my business, accounting for almost 50 percent of all the work I do. I’ve become an expert at working with formal wear, working with all kinds of fabrics, lace, boning, and overlays, as well as a wide variety of styles and sewing techniques.
I have also become expert at tailoring suit jackets, making sure that the cut of the suit fits the man and hangs the way it should, fitting the body without pulling or gapping.
Of course, I always have quite a few repair jobs to do – zippers that need to be replaced and coats that need new lining are a couple of examples.
I also do “scratch sewing” if a client requests it. I can help with fabric selection in addition to sewing and fitting the garment.
I also undertake many home decor projects. I work closely with each client to understand what it is that they want to accomplish – what kind of look or feel they want to evoke, as well as what problem they might need to solve. Typically, I visit the client in their home to discuss their needs and see the area they want to work on. I bring my creativity to each and every project, helping clients with design ideas, colors, fabric selections, and embelishments, if any. Once we have a design idea, I measure and get to work. I deliver the finished product and complete any final installation needed.
Sewing and creativity have been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. Both my mother and my grandmother were expert seamstresses and I am carrying on their skills and needlework expertise.
During my growing up years, sewing was a way to save money. Now it has become the way of choice to acquire items for the home that are unique and custom-crafted, or clothes that truly fit like they were made just for you.
My journey as a tailor started when I was a teenager and sewed some of my own clothes. It grew from there. When I married, I started sewing tailored shirts for my husband. Soon, I was sewing for my children and making items for my home. When I started Tina’s Tailoring in 1998, it started out of my home as an alterations and specialty sewing business. It was a way for me to make money doing something I love while still being to be home for my children.
Now, with the exception of my youngest child, all my children have grown up and left home, and I am able to bring even more energy into my business.
There are few things in life that give me greater joy than satisfied customers.
- Home Decor 80%
- Alterations 60%
- Window Treatments 50%
- Bridal and Formal Wear 90%
601 Main Street South
Mahnomen, MN 56557
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I'd love to hear about your clothing alteration needs or home decor project! Please give me a call at 218-935-2299 or send me a message, using the contact form below.