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Sew Forth Frequently Asked Questions


Answers to some of the most asked questions. 

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How long do alterations typically take?

It depends on the alteration. Normal clothing alterations typically take about 2-3 weeks. Formal wear such as prom dresses or bridesmaid gowns take 4-6 weeks. Wedding gowns typically take 8-10 weeks depending on the amount of work and fittings involved.  Rush jobs are sometimes available for an extra charge. Contact us for more details, inquiries or to schedule your appointment. 


How much do alterations cost?

Again, it depends on the alteration. Contact us for more information about your garments and types of alterations needed on each piece.  Bring in your garments and we can offer a free price estimate.  


How do you fit my clothing?

There are 2 dressing rooms available in the store for trying on garments.  Our alterationists will mark the adjustments while you are wearing the item to help ensure a proper fit. You are also welcome to bring your items in already marked, although Sew Forth cannot guarantee a proper fit if the items are pre-marked. Contact us to schedule a fitting. 


Do I need to make any preparations before I bring in my garments?

There are some things that you can do to prepare for your fitting. All clothing must be clean prior to alterations. For example, if you need a new zipper in a winter coat, we do require that the coat is washed before it is brought in. If you are bringing in pants to hem, especially new jeans or cotton slacks, you should prewash them to ensure that they will not shrink after the alterations are done. 

What to bring with you:  if we are measuring the hem in your garment, bring in the shoes that you will wear with that item. This is especially important with formal gowns. If we are altering the fit on your gown, you should bring the undergarments that you plan to wear, as they can considerably change the way your dress fits.


When should I reserve my tuxedo rentals?

If you are reserving tuxedos or suit rentals for your wedding, we recommend you complete your order and finalize all measurements at least 4 weeks before your event.  The same time frame is recommended for Prom tuxedos.  Booking early is the best way to ensure that the style you want is available in the size you need.  Rentals can be ordered in a quicker time frame, if necessary, contact us for more information. Call or email to schedule your tuxedo fitting.


Do you work on miscellaneous items such as curtains or shoes?

We do occasionally work on non-clothing items.  Curtains and blankets are taken in on a piece by piece basis.  Specialty domestic items such as these generally take longer to work on complete than standard clothing alterations. But feel free to contact us for an estimate on your items.  Shoes and boots are items that we do not work on at Sew Forth Alterations. We also do not quilt blankets, embroider, crochet or knit.  


Do I need to make an appointment?

We are currently requiring appointments for all fittings. This includes use of the changing rooms and all suit measurements.  Item pick-ups and drop-offs may be done without an appointment.  Call, email, or contact us through Facebook if you would like to schedule an appointment. 


Do you make garments?

No, we do not make anything new, sew custom garments, or tailor custom suits.   We only do alterations on premade garments.  

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