Lately, there has been a great deal of interest in DIY, and happily that has extended to clothing as well. The only drawback is that the techniques seem to have gotten a little fuzzy since grandma taught them, or you took them in home-ec, and frankly, is home-ec even taught anymore. After seeing way too many suggestions on using a stapler to fix a hem, we decided this needed to be addressed. (although I do salute the creativity to use a stapler to fix a hem when one is in a bind) Sewing is not that hard. Anyone can do it. And make something really cool to wear. Or properly hem a garment in less time than it takes to run an errand to the alterations person, and I know everyone has a bunch of clothes in their closet not being worn waiting for that day when they will get to go to the tailor. We can fix this, and unleash your creative genius. And you can save some money, and you can look great doing it. It's pretty much win win.
My first advice for all out there, if you don't have a sewing kit, go to the dollar store or Walmart. You can get a handy kit for $5 which has a pair of scissors, a seam ripper, needles, pins, and a measuring tape. Buy it. And buy that silly little kit with 10 thread colors. You may only use one, but you'll be glad you have it one day. And the next time you get the urge to staple, use it. You will feel better about yourself for it, and you won't have to worry about the staples in your dress getting caught on your hose.