A little bit about me...
Hello! Welcome to On The Hem. I'm Susan, I made the decision to do what I enjoy full time and no longer as a side gig. On the Hem is a sewing studio that specializes in sewing and alterations. From bridal, evening, casual wear to clothing from the past (living history/re-enactment).
I'm a fabric, thread and sewing machine junkie. I have gained experience over the years through a variety of sewing ventures; freelancing for friends and family, sewing for a winter apparel company and in the outdoor gear industry. I also had the opportunity to volunteer with the Minnesota Ballet company, where I had the pleasure of assisting the costume manager with fittings and alterations. I have a quiet, bright studio where your fitting will get focused, careful attention along with a wide range of professional tailoring equipment, so your clothing will receive the utmost care with professional results.
I take pride in my work and love seeing the reaction of my customer when they put on an altered garment, and it looks and feels great. I would love to assist you with your sewing and alterations needs, so don't hesitate to contact me.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an appointment?
An appointment is required for all formal attire such as brides, bridesmaids, mother of bride/groom, prom etc... I like to have at least up to one hour blocked off to assure you get the focused attention needed to get an accurate fit. We also take this time to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Can you alter any type of clothing?
I do custom sewing and alterations on formal, casual apparel and historical clothing (living history/reenactment). At this time, I don't do any repairs or heavy duty sewing such as replacing zippers, leatherwork, and canvas. I do have referrals if needed.
How much will my alteration cost?
Basic alterations have a set price and you may contact me for a quote. Bridal alterations have a starting price range and require an in person quote. Formal dresses can be complex, and made of unique materials, so I wouldn't be able to give a fair estimate without knowing what I'm working with. I do not give quotes via phone, text or emails.
Do you offer custom-made clothes?
I offer custom sewing for specifically designed clothing, dresses, and historical attire. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have anything in mind.
How long will it take to alter my clothes?
Turnaround time on general alterations is usually up to 2 weeks, but it all depends on the complexity of the garment and the schedule. During wedding season, expected turnaround times may be up to 3 weeks. Bridal alterations are completed in a series of fittings and an estimated pick up date will be given at the initial fitting. I am currently a team of one and very meticulous, so I do not offer same-day or rush services.
Where are you located?
Duluth, MN – my studio is located in the Piedmont Plaza at 2828 Piedmont Ave (text or call for directions please).
Two Harbors, MN - please contact me for any items that need to be fitted/pinned. You may drop off items that do not require a fitting such as denim or pants hems at the laundromat at 1303 - 7th Ave.