Seamstress Lois Miller
My passion for sewing goes back to my high school days, growing up on a farm with four sisters as siblings gave Mom little time to sew all the clothes I wanted.
Since I always enjoyed a new challenge I decided to teach myself to sew. I started out sewing my own clothes but as time went on other people would ask me to sew something for them. Later on I picked up and returned alterations from two local dry cleaners. I discovered from this experience that I would rather do alterations than sewing by the piece.
Several years ago I was approached with an offer to buy out a local alteration business. Once again, I wanted to work out of my home and I agreed to buy it if the new clients would be willing to come to me, which they have been more than happy to do. This has given me an opportunity to become more involved in bridal wear, which is my favorite type of alteration.
Sometimes brides will come to me in tears because they cannot get their zippers all the way up and need more room across the back of the dress. From my previous experience I have been able to show them how to add an inset in the back and loops on the side to crisscross a ribbon across the inset. The finished product is a altered gown that is also very much in style. There is a lot of satisfaction in seeing the brides leave with a big smile on their face. In addition to my own customers, I also provide alterations for a local bridal shop.