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Found a great seamstress for hemming jeans and pants for cheap in Toronto/Scarborough

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Found a great seamstress for hemming jeans and pants for cheap in Toronto/Scarborough

I don't usually post these sorts of threads, but I had alot of jeans and dress pants that needed to be hemmed and altered and I had problems finding somebody who could do this well and for cheap.
I had about 7 pairs of dress pants and 4 pairs of jeans and also a dress shirt that needed the sleeves shortened. (They had accumulated over the last couple of Winner's Final Clearance sales, so I needed to do something about them).

I looked on Kijiji and Craigslist and found a really nice seamstress. She advertises at $4/pair hemmed.
So I sent her a text message and got an immediate response.

Long story short. She has about 26 years experience, and works out of her home which is off of Brimley Rd and the 401, not too far from the Scarborough Town Centre.

I dropped them off on Wednesday night and came back on Friday night to pick them up.
Was very pleased with the results. Great work, great price.

Here is what I paid:

6 pairs of dress pants - $4 each
1 pair of golf dress pants - $7 because I got them with the Golf slit at the bottom (I think it's called a Golf V cut or golfers cut). She did a great job with this one.
4 pairs of jeans - $4 each. I didn't like how she said there is something called a 'european hem' which is $7. I stuck with the $4 hem and find it perfectly fine, so far.
1 dress shirt - $10. This was a beautiful Corneliani french-cuff dress shirt I bought from a Winner's clearance, but the sleeves were too long. She seriously did an awesome job shortening the sleeves, cuff et all were perfectly intact.

For the price and quality, I couldn't find a better deal. The only weird/awkward part is that her living room is her sewing area, so to try on your clothes you have to walk up a few stairs to change in the bathroom.
But this is RFD, so it's a small price to pay for the savings you get.

She is of Malaysian descent and used to live in Mississauga and says she has alot of experience with women's Indian suits/dresses for those who need that.
Based on my experience I would probably bring a suit to be altered to her as well.


Her contact information:

Caroline Lee
Custom Tailoring

Scarborough, ON M1K 3L4

647.988.2458 (call or text)
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thanks! i've been wanting and finding a good tailor to hem my jeans. i'll probably drop by tmr and see if she can do my pants
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wow thanks! i'm actually gonna give her a call and see if she can install my custom leather wheel cover LOL!!!
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pakmode wrote:
Jan 11th, 2013 6:10 pm
I don't usually post these sorts of threads, but I had alot of jeans and dress pants that needed to be hemmed and altered and I had problems finding somebody who could do this well and for cheap.
I had about 7 pairs of dress pants and 4 pairs of jeans and also a dress shirt that needed the sleeves shortened. (They had accumulated over the last couple of Winner's Final Clearance sales, so I needed to do something about them).

I looked on Kijiji and Craigslist and found a really nice seamstress. She advertises at $4/pair hemmed.
So I sent her a text message and got an immediate response.

Long story short. She has about 26 years experience, and works out of her home which is off of Brimley Rd and the 401, not too far from the Scarborough Town Centre.

I dropped them off on Wednesday night and came back on Friday night to pick them up.
Was very pleased with the results. Great work, great price.

Here is what I paid:

6 pairs of dress pants - $4 each
1 pair of golf dress pants - $7 because I got them with the Golf slit at the bottom (I think it's called a Golf V cut or golfers cut). She did a great job with this one.
4 pairs of jeans - $4 each. I didn't like how she said there is something called a 'european hem' which is $7. I stuck with the $4 hem and find it perfectly fine, so far.
1 dress shirt - $10. This was a beautiful Corneliani french-cuff dress shirt I bought from a Winner's clearance, but the sleeves were too long. She seriously did an awesome job shortening the sleeves, cuff et all were perfectly intact.

For the price and quality, I couldn't find a better deal. The only weird/awkward part is that her living room is her sewing area, so to try on your clothes you have to walk up a few stairs to change in the bathroom.
But this is RFD, so it's a small price to pay for the savings you get.

She is of Malaysian descent and used to live in Mississauga and says she has alot of experience with women's Indian suits/dresses for those who need that.
Based on my experience I would probably bring a suit to be altered to her as well.


Her contact information:

Caroline Lee
Custom Tailoring

Scarborough, ON M1K 3L4

647.988.2458 (call or text)
im sorry , but what didnt you like about her mentioning this? its pretty common practice that any tailor doing hems will ask if you prefer euro or not.
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nsX- wrote:
Jul 15th, 2013 4:27 am
im sorry , but what didnt you like about her mentioning this? its pretty common practice that any tailor doing hems will ask if you prefer euro or not.
Yep, this for sure. Euro hem is where they take and re-sew the original hem on the jeans hence it costing more money as it's harder to do. Regular hem they just cut and re-hem, so it's a pretty generic look. For basic jeans they're fine, but if you get designer or anything then euro is best.
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Anyone know of a similarly priced place in the west end?
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Chrispy wrote:
Jul 17th, 2013 6:50 pm
Yep, this for sure. Euro hem is where they take and re-sew the original hem on the jeans hence it costing more money as it's harder to do. Regular hem they just cut and re-hem, so it's a pretty generic look. For basic jeans they're fine, but if you get designer or anything then euro is best.
Agree, I get all my jeans euro hem unless youre buying a cheap pair of jeans it doesn't matter.

I go to this guy in Newmarket he does the job well been going to him for years. On Yonge and Mulock in the Mandarin Plaza.
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nsX- wrote:
Jul 15th, 2013 4:27 am
im sorry , but what didnt you like about her mentioning this? its pretty common practice that any tailor doing hems will ask if you prefer euro or not.
6 month old thread - has anyone else been to see her?
When I dropped off more stuff a month ago, she said like 15-20 people had been there to visit her and mentioned RFD - yet no comments?

Anyways, the euro hem is easier at times, there is a technique I saw that seems easy. That's why at that point in time I mentioned this.
http://www.daciaray.com/?p=38

Regardless, I'm pleased with her work, and her price. She's gotten busier so the turnaround time was a bit longer the last time. But she said it was wedding season, so that's why.
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cns187 wrote:
Jul 22nd, 2013 10:03 pm
Agree, I get all my jeans euro hem unless youre buying a cheap pair of jeans it doesn't matter.

I go to this guy in Newmarket he does the job well been going to him for years. On Yonge and Mulock in the Mandarin Plaza.
Hey I live in the area, looking to get a bunch of designer jeans hemmed. What is this place you're referring to called, and how much is a euro hem? Send you a PM also.
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Updated bump.

Found this thread and called the number posted by the OP. She has moved over to Don Mills/McNicoll area and prices remain the same. She asked whom referred me and I mentioned RFD and she said she had a few members come by last year.

Its slightly busy time of the year for her as its wedding season, but i had 7 items (several jeans, jackets and blazers ) dropped off and it was done within a week.

WOuld recommend if anyone is around the area or looking for work needed to be done for cheap.
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Hey PCD.....what kind of alternations did you get done on the blazers and what did it cost you?

I am looking for someone to take in some sleeves of the jacket and take in the legs of the trousers. Its an old suit that I am trying to get more use out of and dont want to spend too much. Thanks
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Euro hem is much easier IMHO. I have done it in the past with no experience. Its because the tabs are outwards more so you can flatten it and stitch it much easier with a sewing machine than to just cut and sew.
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Jun 25th, 2014 3:23 pm
Hey PCD.....what kind of alternations did you get done on the blazers and what did it cost you?

I am looking for someone to take in some sleeves of the jacket and take in the legs of the trousers. Its an old suit that I am trying to get more use out of and dont want to spend too much. Thanks
I had the sleeves shorten on the blazer. She removed the buttons to shorten the sleeve and reattached them. I had another jacket that she shortened and also made the arm sleeve less baggy by taking it in.

It was slightly over $10 for the work on the blazer.

You can call her to get a quote as she will give you pricing on the phone.
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