When it comes to having sewing alterations done to your wedding dress you need the right specialist. Most of you will use the seamstress that works at the bridal salon.
But there are circumstances that will cause some brides to look elsewhere for a sewing professional like...
The above are the most common reasons for needing to find someone to alter your bridal gown. But which sewing professional should you choose for such a delicate job.
There are several categories of sewing specialist. You could choose a tailor, dressmaker, a cleaners seamstress or an alterations specialist.
You want to choose a sewing professional who has had a lot of experience with altering wedding dresses.
It is best to pick someone who specializes in wedding alterations for bridal gowns and other formal clothing, or at least do a large amount of wedding dress alterations as part of their overall alterations business.
It is really hard to say how many years of experience a sewing professional should have in doing sewing alterations for wedding gowns. What you need to know is how much of their total sewing experience is based on altering bridal gowns.
"A sewing professional that specializes in altering wedding dresses for 3 years doing at least 25 or more dresses a year can actually be more experienced than someone who has 10 years sewing experience and only do 3 gowns a year. So the years as well as the number of gowns they work on average a years need to be considered."
You also can't automatically assume that the bridal shop seamstress is qualified to alter your wedding gown. There tends to be a lot of turn over in some bridal shops and so they have to hire people and teach them on the job. For this reason some brides are planning a head of time use a wedding dress alteration specialist instead of the bridal shop seamstress.
Where can you find a list of possible sewing professionals?
If you can't get the information about the sewing professional from their website, you can do a preliminary interview over the phone or you can schedule an appointment to meet with them. It they cut you short or rush you off the phone... don't patronize their business.
You can also access this directory for the Association Of Sewing and Design Professionals to find someone in your area. These sewing professionals take their craft seriously and conduct their business in a professional manner.
How can you pick someone who is qualified to work on your gown?
Some sewing professionals have websites that will give you most of this information you need to know about their qualifications and service policies.
But sad to say... most sewing professionals don't have websites or they only have what is termed a "brochure site", one with just sketchy information.
If they don't have a website, you will have to interview them over the phone or in person. Here are 10 questions you need to a sewing alterations specialist:
The other thing that is important is that you must be able to communicate your wishes accurately with the sewing alterations professional.
Misunderstandings and mistakes happen because of not verbally communicating well. Make sure that the alterations being done to your dress and the prices are in writing.
Someone that has been in the business a while will be able to answer these questions to your satisfaction.
It's simple... DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!!
Peace of mind means everything. You invested a lot of money when you purchased your wedding gown. Right?
So make sure that whoever you choose to do the sewing alterations on your wedding gown will do a fine job with it.
This is advice goes for whether you choose to use the bridal salon seamstress or a sewing alterations professional who owns their own business.
Now as I mentioned before... you may have to be willing to travel a distance to find someone who is qualified to do the sewing alterations you need on your bridal gown. But it is worth it, if you want to feel confident in the person taking care of your dress, and to have peace of mind.
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