Even on National Holiday weekends people want you to respond and solve their problems. So I am sharing an email I received this morning:
You hemmed a pair of lined linen trousers for me back in June. Excellent job, BTW.
I have a pair of shorts that have plenty of wear left in them, but the zipper broke. Is this something you would consider fixing? Would I need to provide the new zipper? Are you working tomorrow, Labor Day Sept. 3?
Please let me know and I will do whatever I need to do to get them to you. I would need them by Thursday. Is that too shorts a time? If that didn’t work I could give you an address where they could be shipped.
Thanks for answering all these many questions.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Just thinking about taking out a zipper, probably a fly front, and replacing it in 2 days along with completing wedding gowns just is not possible. It makes you wonder if she is going on a trip and would like me to mail them to her at her destination…when did she plan the trip and decide to wear those shorts?
Could you get a hairdresser on Labor Day to whip up a “do” for you? Could you expect to have your dental hygienist clean your teeth on Labor Day, are there any dry cleaners open on Labor Day?
I’m sorry you waited so long to decide you needed those shorts for your trip but clients have to realize during bridal season or prom season or just any season seamstresses are working their little butts off behind the scenes to keep people happy with short schedules and impending deadlines.
My sewing studio ain’t no fast food joint with a drive up window so I gave her some names of other seamstresses who might be able to squeeze her in on Tuesday but that just cannot happen here. I explained that zipper replacements can be expensive/labor intensive and you had better think that the pants/shorts are worth it. Apologies to my local sewing sisters in advance…if she shows up with shorts in a bag.