Sew Special Designs Ltd

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  • 4200 N Clark St

    Chicago, IL 60613

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  • 773-665-0000

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I've taken items to Sew Special Custom Tailors several times, and I have not yet been disappointed. They are extremely easy to work with, and do a fantastic job even with rush orders. They perfectly tailored a bridesmaid dress around my 8 months pregnant belly so it looked like a custom dress. I would recommend them to anyone!

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I've taken items to Sew Special Custom Tailors several times, and I have not yet been disappointed. They are extremely easy to work with, and do a fantastic job even with rush orders. They perfectly tailored a bridesmaid dress around my 8 months pregnant belly so it looked like a custom dress. I would recommend them to anyone!

Pros: Quality work, reasonable prices

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I am getting married to my Australian fiance and being EurAsian myself, I wanted a HanFu style Chinese wedding gown. I went to China Town on Cermak and Wentworth with no luck. So after being turned away in China Town, I googled for a Chicago dress-maker and found, at the top of the list, Sew Special. I drove straight to Mike's shop at Sew Special, showing up with 2 bolts of fabric, my inside dress and several of my drawings and photographs of what I wanted the HanFu dress to look like. A HanFu dress is one that is like a robe, with long sleeves. I also had a long train placed on it complete with roushing. I went in for three fittings and they did a stunning job--all from scratch and my drawings/photos. I even had them custom fit my headdress, which I imported from Shanghi. I could not have been more pleased. Their service was professional, talented and on-time. Best of all, they delivered EXACTLY what I wanted EXACTLY when I wanted it. No one else in the city can do a job like that. Really, you would have to go to China to get this type of work done. For them not being familiar with this type of dress and headdress, but to turn out a phenomenal piece was amazing. And did I mention they are charming too? The whole family---mom, dad and especially Mike! A delight to work with. I highly recommend them--and even my friend Laura is getting her wedding gown altered there. Visit them today!
AlexAndria M. Kung, PhD, MPH

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I am getting married to my Australian fiance and being EurAsian myself, I wanted a HanFu style Chinese wedding gown. I went to China Town on Cermak and Wentworth with no luck. So after being turned away in China Town, I googled for a Chicago dress-maker and found, at the top of the list, Sew Special. I drove straight to Mike's shop at Sew Special, showing up with 2 bolts of fabric, my inside dress and several of my drawings and photographs of what I wanted the HanFu dress to look like. A HanFu dress is one that is like a robe, with long sleeves. I also had a long train placed on it complete with roushing. I went in for three fittings and they did a stunning job--all from scratch and my drawings/photos. I even had them custom fit my headdress, which I imported from Shanghi. I could not have been more pleased. Their service was professional, talented and on-time. Best of all, they delivered EXACTLY what I wanted EXACTLY when I wanted it. No one else in the city can do a job like that. Really, you would have to go to China to get this type of work done. For them not being familiar with this type of dress and headdress, but to turn out a phenomenal piece was amazing. And did I mention they are charming too? The whole family---mom, dad and especially Mike! A delight to work with. I highly recommend them--and even my friend Laura is getting her wedding gown altered there. Visit them today!
AlexAndria M. Kung, PhD, MPH

Pros: Very professional, talented, on-time service

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Really good, professional help with selecting the right cut/fit for my prom dress! I brought in a picture of it and they made it EXACTLY like what I wanted, for cheaper :) Lots of color choices, really sweet staff, and quick [it was done in about 3 weeks!]. The dress turned out perfect, and the tailors made a few adjustments that made it fit really well! Totally recommend getting your dress made here!

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Really good, professional help with selecting the right cut/fit for my prom dress! I brought in a picture of it and they made it EXACTLY like what I wanted, for cheaper :) Lots of color choices, really sweet staff, and quick [it was done in about 3 weeks!]. The dress turned out perfect, and the tailors made a few adjustments that made it fit really well! Totally recommend getting your dress made here!

Pros: They can make ANYTHING :)

Cons: Far from my house!

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Sew Special is a great family business. I went to them to get a prom dress made and i can surely say that i was well satisfied. They made appointments that fit my schedule and took my ideas and theirs as well, and made me a beautiful prom dress

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Sew Special is a great family business. I went to them to get a prom dress made and i can surely say that i was well satisfied. They made appointments that fit my schedule and took my ideas and theirs as well, and made me a beautiful prom dress

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I have had Sew Special Custom Tailors do several projects for me in the past few months, and it has been by far the best custom tailoring work I have ever received! They go out of their way to make sure the work is done right and to my satisfaction, and their prices are very reasonable. I would recommend them without hesitation for all tailoring needs.

They also offer services to re-cover chairs, create custom cushions, etc. Because of the great work they did for me tailoring clothes, I decided to have them recover four chair seats and make a window seat cushion. The work was outstanding and I will look forward to having all of my future work done by the friendly people at Sew Special!

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I have had Sew Special Custom Tailors do several projects for me in the past few months, and it has been by far the best custom tailoring work I have ever received! They go out of their way to make sure the work is done right and to my satisfaction, and their prices are very reasonable. I would recommend them without hesitation for all tailoring needs.

They also offer services to re-cover chairs, create custom cushions, etc. Because of the great work they did for me tailoring clothes, I decided to have them recover four chair seats and make a window seat cushion. The work was outstanding and I will look forward to having all of my future work done by the friendly people at Sew Special!

Pros: Great custom work, and friendly service!

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This is definitely my go-to place for tailoring. Whether it is a simple hem adjustment, minor repair or a complete overhaul and resizing of a tailored jacket, Sew Special does wonderful work. I no longer even bother to try the garment on when I pick it up---their work has been 100% every time. They have resized multiple garments for me (significant weight loss), tailored new purchases for perfect fit, and repaired treasured garments.
Mike and his mom are total professionals. I recommend without reservation.

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This is definitely my go-to place for tailoring. Whether it is a simple hem adjustment, minor repair or a complete overhaul and resizing of a tailored jacket, Sew Special does wonderful work. I no longer even bother to try the garment on when I pick it up---their work has been 100% every time. They have resized multiple garments for me (significant weight loss), tailored new purchases for perfect fit, and repaired treasured garments.
Mike and his mom are total professionals. I recommend without reservation.

Pros: Excellent results

Cons: None come to mine.

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I've lost a lot of weight and wanted to keep some of my favorite skirts. They tailored it to fit my new body perfect.
The service was efficient and polite. I RECOMMEND THEM WITHOUT RESERVATIONS.

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I've lost a lot of weight and wanted to keep some of my favorite skirts. They tailored it to fit my new body perfect.
The service was efficient and polite. I RECOMMEND THEM WITHOUT RESERVATIONS.

Pros: Great Tailor Shop on Broadway

Cons: knowlegeable about tailoring

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I lost 50lbs in the last year and have managed to maintain my weight. Also changed jobs and have to wear suit or sport coat daily. Mike and the staff at Sew Special have done a remarkable job "saving" my old wardrobe and custom tailoring inexpensive clothes purchased at consignment or Marshall's/TJMaxx. Everything I have brought to Sew Special has been done perfectly and expertly. No corners cut here (no pun intended) and the attention to detail and personal preferences is superb. Mike and his mother will offer their opinion, whether you like it or not. The advice is usually right on the money. In this economy, saving or recycling old clothes as opposed to buying new is more important than ever. Every dollar spent here is well worth it as you can't put a price on how good you feel when you look good and your clothes fit right. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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I lost 50lbs in the last year and have managed to maintain my weight. Also changed jobs and have to wear suit or sport coat daily. Mike and the staff at Sew Special have done a remarkable job "saving" my old wardrobe and custom tailoring inexpensive clothes purchased at consignment or Marshall's/TJMaxx. Everything I have brought to Sew Special has been done perfectly and expertly. No corners cut here (no pun intended) and the attention to detail and personal preferences is superb. Mike and his mother will offer their opinion, whether you like it or not. The advice is usually right on the money. In this economy, saving or recycling old clothes as opposed to buying new is more important than ever. Every dollar spent here is well worth it as you can't put a price on how good you feel when you look good and your clothes fit right. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Pros: Excellent personalized service.

Cons: 5% more expensive than dry cleaner tailor but well worth it.

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Brought in a pair of pants that the hem had come out of - just needed to be re-hemmed in the SAME SPOT. They go ahead and LENGTHEN the pants by 1.5 inches for no reason and when I request that they return the hem to the original place, they then go ahead and SHORTEN the things! Should have been a simple request but now I am out $15 and 3 trips to that stupid place, had to undo the hem myself so I can bring them elsewhere to have the job done right - seriously?!

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Brought in a pair of pants that the hem had come out of - just needed to be re-hemmed in the SAME SPOT. They go ahead and LENGTHEN the pants by 1.5 inches for no reason and when I request that they return the hem to the original place, they then go ahead and SHORTEN the things! Should have been a simple request but now I am out $15 and 3 trips to that stupid place, had to undo the hem myself so I can bring them elsewhere to have the job done right - seriously?!

Pros: Good if you are looking to waste time

Cons: Don't seem to want to hem things the way you request

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Mike and his family were just wonderful. They took a wedding dress that was 4 sizes too big, redesigned it completely, fitted it to my body and did this all in the planned time-frame. They redesigned the dress from an A-line to a mermaid design. They made a goregous bustle at the back. They also made a collar with a bow as a little extra for my cat who will be in the wedding ceremony. If you're a bride-to-be with a dress that needs substantial changes - these guys were fantastic. I had shopped around for a tailor and many of the other tailors who were rated highly were not prepared to take on the challenge of redesigning and resizing my wedding dress. Thank you so much Mike and family

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Mike and his family were just wonderful. They took a wedding dress that was 4 sizes too big, redesigned it completely, fitted it to my body and did this all in the planned time-frame. They redesigned the dress from an A-line to a mermaid design. They made a goregous bustle at the back. They also made a collar with a bow as a little extra for my cat who will be in the wedding ceremony. If you're a bride-to-be with a dress that needs substantial changes - these guys were fantastic. I had shopped around for a tailor and many of the other tailors who were rated highly were not prepared to take on the challenge of redesigning and resizing my wedding dress. Thank you so much Mike and family

Pros: best tailor out

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The staff and owners of this business are great. They made a beautiful dress for me out of thin air! Actually, the made it with a lot of silk chiffon and hard work. They had me come in for multiple fittings and even though they were always busy they made sure to give me personal attention each time I came in. If you want a beautifully made dress and much attention to detail you should go to Sew Special, but you should also expect to be a little patient. I will be back soon to have them alter bridesmaids dresses.

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The staff and owners of this business are great. They made a beautiful dress for me out of thin air! Actually, the made it with a lot of silk chiffon and hard work. They had me come in for multiple fittings and even though they were always busy they made sure to give me personal attention each time I came in. If you want a beautifully made dress and much attention to detail you should go to Sew Special, but you should also expect to be a little patient. I will be back soon to have them alter bridesmaids dresses.

Pros: Friendly, professional, talented

Cons: busy

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This is a wonderful tailor shop. My clothes always fit very well after they tailor them. The family is very knowledgeable about fit and is patient with customers, always listening to what the customer wants.

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This is a wonderful tailor shop. My clothes always fit very well after they tailor them. The family is very knowledgeable about fit and is patient with customers, always listening to what the customer wants.

Pros: Knowledgeable, considerate, professional, friendly

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This place used to be good. A year ago!!! Since then they have more than tripled their prices. Take your money anywhere else - you can't go wrong... Beware of old reviews

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This place used to be good. A year ago!!! Since then they have more than tripled their prices. Take your money anywhere else - you can't go wrong... Beware of old reviews

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they made me happy and gave me what i wanted, i came in and had a idea of how i wanted my dress to be made and i gave them my idea and they did it for me and my dress turned out to be beautiful and i really like it its just they way i wanted it.

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they made me happy and gave me what i wanted, i came in and had a idea of how i wanted my dress to be made and i gave them my idea and they did it for me and my dress turned out to be beautiful and i really like it its just they way i wanted it.

Pros: they are great and they do a good job

Cons: hard to find location

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I will NEVER go back to this place again!! They ruined two very expensive jackets!

The woman took the wrong measurements and despite my bringing this to her attention, proceeded to use those wrong measurements. I came back a week later to pick up my jackets and they were EXTREMELY tight on me. I could not lift my arms at all! They blamed me for not knowing how to WEAR a jacket... According to them, they a completely blameless and it is my fault they made a mistake... oh wait, they didn't make a mistake at all!

I was still required to pay for these items of clothing. I have no idea whether these garments are salvageable, but you can bet I'm not going back there to get them re-done! I think I'll try place where the owners actually speak English and behave in a professional manner.

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I will NEVER go back to this place again!! They ruined two very expensive jackets!

The woman took the wrong measurements and despite my bringing this to her attention, proceeded to use those wrong measurements. I came back a week later to pick up my jackets and they were EXTREMELY tight on me. I could not lift my arms at all! They blamed me for not knowing how to WEAR a jacket... According to them, they a completely blameless and it is my fault they made a mistake... oh wait, they didn't make a mistake at all!

I was still required to pay for these items of clothing. I have no idea whether these garments are salvageable, but you can bet I'm not going back there to get them re-done! I think I'll try place where the owners actually speak English and behave in a professional manner.

Cons: Rude uncaring staff only concerned about making $$$$

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I had my prom dress made here and it was exactly how i wanted it. Every thing i asked to be done was done perfectly.

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I had my prom dress made here and it was exactly how i wanted it. Every thing i asked to be done was done perfectly.

Pros: top quality seamstress

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I had two suits significantly altered by Sew special and they did a great job. One two piece and one three piece. They now fit and are perfectly tailored to my body. The service there was responsive and quick to alter pieces to my liking after the work was completed and I came in for my fittings. The staff here cares about their craft and creating pieces that look good on their customers. I have already gone back a second time to have 2 shirts refitted.

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I had two suits significantly altered by Sew special and they did a great job. One two piece and one three piece. They now fit and are perfectly tailored to my body. The service there was responsive and quick to alter pieces to my liking after the work was completed and I came in for my fittings. The staff here cares about their craft and creating pieces that look good on their customers. I have already gone back a second time to have 2 shirts refitted.

Pros: Tailors are responsive and care about their craft and work

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Mike knew exactly how my clothes needed to fit the second I walked in the door. He was enthusiastic about ideas I had as well as vastly more prompt about getting clothes back than other tailors I've worked with. Very easy to work with.

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Mike knew exactly how my clothes needed to fit the second I walked in the door. He was enthusiastic about ideas I had as well as vastly more prompt about getting clothes back than other tailors I've worked with. Very easy to work with.

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Sew special is a great family business. They have great teamwork and they always do what they say they are going to do. They get the job done right, perfect, and on time. They did my prom dress exactly how i wanted it to be. I do plan to come back if i have any future dresses or alterations in mind. I have grown accustomed to the workers in the store especially mike and his mother. I love their business.

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Sew special is a great family business. They have great teamwork and they always do what they say they are going to do. They get the job done right, perfect, and on time. They did my prom dress exactly how i wanted it to be. I do plan to come back if i have any future dresses or alterations in mind. I have grown accustomed to the workers in the store especially mike and his mother. I love their business.

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Who would have thought that within steps from our home we would find the perfect partner to help us with the development of a prototype for commercialization. This family-owned business is poised to become an even greater resource to the Lincoln Park community and beyond, given their entrepreneurial bent, superb customer service and hand-crafted expertise. They were a pleasure to work with and we wish them continued success!

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Who would have thought that within steps from our home we would find the perfect partner to help us with the development of a prototype for commercialization. This family-owned business is poised to become an even greater resource to the Lincoln Park community and beyond, given their entrepreneurial bent, superb customer service and hand-crafted expertise. They were a pleasure to work with and we wish them continued success!

Pros: High touch apparel maker; Reasonably priced

Cons: None

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I was giving my daughter a Princess Ball Party for her 4th birthday and I needed a Cinderella dress made. I found Sew Special Custom Tailors by th grace of GOD! I had been to another tailor prior and the fee was too much for a little girls dress. I e-mailed Mike a picture of the Cinderella costume that I needed and he guaranteed me that he could make it. I was afraid at first because this was the first time that Ihad to have a dress made. When I saw the final finishing I was astonished! Mike and his staff took a costume picture and turned it into a gorgeous gown. My daughter felt and looked like the ture princess that she is. Words can not express how grateful i am for Mike and his staff. Sew Special Custom Tailor is truly unique!

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I was giving my daughter a Princess Ball Party for her 4th birthday and I needed a Cinderella dress made. I found Sew Special Custom Tailors by th grace of GOD! I had been to another tailor prior and the fee was too much for a little girls dress. I e-mailed Mike a picture of the Cinderella costume that I needed and he guaranteed me that he could make it. I was afraid at first because this was the first time that Ihad to have a dress made. When I saw the final finishing I was astonished! Mike and his staff took a costume picture and turned it into a gorgeous gown. My daughter felt and looked like the ture princess that she is. Words can not express how grateful i am for Mike and his staff. Sew Special Custom Tailor is truly unique!

Pros: Great Customer Service and Reasonable Price

Cons: Sorry there are none

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I have used sew special on many occasions and have had the same problem several times, In addition to being expensive to begin with, is they will charging you to correct a job they did wrong. If you are unhappy with the fit, you will pay again and again for every seam. Thus turing a $45 job, into a $75 job.
I brought a dress into to be restyled . When I picked it up was unwearable because the armholes were so loose you could see my entire chest, They insisted on charging me more to add the extra seams. This has happened on several occasions, but the way I was treated was the last straw.
When I told him it was unfair, he basically said my business was of no importance to him--very arrogant. I have spent exactly $2,417.00 over the past year there and am not a complainer. I feel the owner has no appreciation for his customers.
Beware, he will also push you to write a review for him right away. I caution you to wait until you have had several experiences there. He actually berated me for not giving him a review on several occasions. Well here it is Mike,,,,I am very disappointed in their underhanded and money grubbing practices.
Also, do not use them if getting an item back on time is important to you. They were late with my orders at least 50% of the time.
I think their work was good, but it is not that hard to find a tailor who can do the job and not try and rip you off and insult you!!!

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I have used sew special on many occasions and have had the same problem several times, In addition to being expensive to begin with, is they will charging you to correct a job they did wrong. If you are unhappy with the fit, you will pay again and again for every seam. Thus turing a $45 job, into a $75 job.
I brought a dress into to be restyled . When I picked it up was unwearable because the armholes were so loose you could see my entire chest, They insisted on charging me more to add the extra seams. This has happened on several occasions, but the way I was treated was the last straw.
When I told him it was unfair, he basically said my business was of no importance to him--very arrogant. I have spent exactly $2,417.00 over the past year there and am not a complainer. I feel the owner has no appreciation for his customers.
Beware, he will also push you to write a review for him right away. I caution you to wait until you have had several experiences there. He actually berated me for not giving him a review on several occasions. Well here it is Mike,,,,I am very disappointed in their underhanded and money grubbing practices.
Also, do not use them if getting an item back on time is important to you. They were late with my orders at least 50% of the time.
I think their work was good, but it is not that hard to find a tailor who can do the job and not try and rip you off and insult you!!!

Pros: Good tailoring

Cons: Charges more than quoted, often late on delivery

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I searched several alteration experts in my area to do something very special to a very special dress that I have. I needed to have my 39 year old Communion dress not only altered to fit my daughter who will be making her 1st Holy Communion in May, but it needed a new lining that had yellowed over the years and a newly constructed back that had yellowed as well as a "hidden zipper".

No one wanted to touch the dress but strangely, all of them commented on what "great shape" it was in and how beautiful it was.

A friend recommended that I go see Michael at Sew Special. Before I just dropped in on the shop, I emailed them pictures of the dress and faxed them a note. I recieved a "not a problem" response and was elated! I was able to get an appointment the next day.
When we arrived, I was so happy to see it was a little neighborhood shop. The very sweet lady at the front counter had the nicesest smile and was VERY helpful. Michael also told us the story of his background and all I can say is God bless his mother for bringing him into this world and teaching him how to sew!

Michael arrived and did an alteration on a another woman's dress first. My 7 year old could not believe her eyes as he pinned the dress on the woman and made it fit her perfectly. My daughter said that Michael has "magic" and was inspired herself to take sewing lessons!

When it was our turn, Michael was so kind and gentle and very caring to make sure that my daughter and I were happy. He paid so much attention to details and really listened to what I was looking for. He is very approachable and easy to talk to. Oh, and a great listener too. He promised the dress in 1 month and that's exactly when we got it back.

This Saturday we picked up the dress! It is everything and more than we expected. It is beautiful, white, perfect and fits my daughter like a glove! Michael was there and got several hugs from my daughter and myself.

I HIGHLY advise you to seek him out for any alterations that you need. Highest quality, expert craftsmanship and the leader among a dying breed. Not many like him so get him while you can!

Woooooooooo!!!! Hooooooooooo!

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I searched several alteration experts in my area to do something very special to a very special dress that I have. I needed to have my 39 year old Communion dress not only altered to fit my daughter who will be making her 1st Holy Communion in May, but it needed a new lining that had yellowed over the years and a newly constructed back that had yellowed as well as a "hidden zipper".

No one wanted to touch the dress but strangely, all of them commented on what "great shape" it was in and how beautiful it was.

A friend recommended that I go see Michael at Sew Special. Before I just dropped in on the shop, I emailed them pictures of the dress and faxed them a note. I recieved a "not a problem" response and was elated! I was able to get an appointment the next day.
When we arrived, I was so happy to see it was a little neighborhood shop. The very sweet lady at the front counter had the nicesest smile and was VERY helpful. Michael also told us the story of his background and all I can say is God bless his mother for bringing him into this world and teaching him how to sew!

Michael arrived and did an alteration on a another woman's dress first. My 7 year old could not believe her eyes as he pinned the dress on the woman and made it fit her perfectly. My daughter said that Michael has "magic" and was inspired herself to take sewing lessons!

When it was our turn, Michael was so kind and gentle and very caring to make sure that my daughter and I were happy. He paid so much attention to details and really listened to what I was looking for. He is very approachable and easy to talk to. Oh, and a great listener too. He promised the dress in 1 month and that's exactly when we got it back.

This Saturday we picked up the dress! It is everything and more than we expected. It is beautiful, white, perfect and fits my daughter like a glove! Michael was there and got several hugs from my daughter and myself.

I HIGHLY advise you to seek him out for any alterations that you need. Highest quality, expert craftsmanship and the leader among a dying breed. Not many like him so get him while you can!

Woooooooooo!!!! Hooooooooooo!

Pros: Professional, detailed, honest, friendly, perfection!

Cons: Con: I don't have any clothes that need altering right now

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I've brought many clothes to Sew Special Tailors -- mainly jeans and button-down shirts -- and they've come through every time. They listened to what I wanted, and if it wasn't quite right the first time, they went back and made it perfect. More than other tailors I've been to, they pay attention to every detail, and I think that's what sets them apart.

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I've brought many clothes to Sew Special Tailors -- mainly jeans and button-down shirts -- and they've come through every time. They listened to what I wanted, and if it wasn't quite right the first time, they went back and made it perfect. More than other tailors I've been to, they pay attention to every detail, and I think that's what sets them apart.

Pros: They do what it takes to get it right

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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Well i've been trying to find an occasion dress for this big event i had and ive been going everywhere just to find a simple black dress but i couldn't find a right one that i liked. everywhere i went they told me i couldn't order a dress because it was too late. At the end i decided to come to sew special and see what they would tell me if they would make me a dress. i had three weeks and they told me they can. what a relief. that same day they took my measurements and told me to come the following week. I had a wonderful time there. Pleasant people. Very nice and at the end I got a wonderful beautiful black dress just the way i wanted it just in time for the event i had. Thank you!

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Well i've been trying to find an occasion dress for this big event i had and ive been going everywhere just to find a simple black dress but i couldn't find a right one that i liked. everywhere i went they told me i couldn't order a dress because it was too late. At the end i decided to come to sew special and see what they would tell me if they would make me a dress. i had three weeks and they told me they can. what a relief. that same day they took my measurements and told me to come the following week. I had a wonderful time there. Pleasant people. Very nice and at the end I got a wonderful beautiful black dress just the way i wanted it just in time for the event i had. Thank you!

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After a heart attack a year ago, I have been working very hard to lose weight, and my wardrobe is in constant transition. Fortunately, a co-worker suggested that I try Sew Special--which happens to be just a block or two from my condo. I have to say that my experience has been very consistent and very good. In a world where hand tailoring and a sense of style are increasingly rare, the owner of this family run business has both in abundance. They do good work, they care about their customers, they meet their promise dates, and their prices are reasonable. This place has already saved me a fortune--and made me feel better about myself. How do you beat that?

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After a heart attack a year ago, I have been working very hard to lose weight, and my wardrobe is in constant transition. Fortunately, a co-worker suggested that I try Sew Special--which happens to be just a block or two from my condo. I have to say that my experience has been very consistent and very good. In a world where hand tailoring and a sense of style are increasingly rare, the owner of this family run business has both in abundance. They do good work, they care about their customers, they meet their promise dates, and their prices are reasonable. This place has already saved me a fortune--and made me feel better about myself. How do you beat that?

Pros: These people know what looks good and they have the skill to do it

Cons: Parking is obviously a problem, and they do get pretty busy at peak times

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I have had six suits tailored from SewSpecial over the past year, and I have never been dissapointed. Every suit I have fits perfectly - they know how to exactly fit a suit for your body type. SewSpecial is not your average Dry Cleaner tailor, they are experts - prices are very reasonable, and they are extremely efficient. My $300 suits now look and feel like $2000 Valentinos

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I have had six suits tailored from SewSpecial over the past year, and I have never been dissapointed. Every suit I have fits perfectly - they know how to exactly fit a suit for your body type. SewSpecial is not your average Dry Cleaner tailor, they are experts - prices are very reasonable, and they are extremely efficient. My $300 suits now look and feel like $2000 Valentinos

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We use the services of Sew Special to custom create our hotel bedding. The service is excellent and the cost is reasonable. We would recommend their services to anyone for business or personal use.

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We use the services of Sew Special to custom create our hotel bedding. The service is excellent and the cost is reasonable. We would recommend their services to anyone for business or personal use.

Pros: Great service and pircies

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I brought a Suit Jacket in that needed some alterations. Once I walked in I was promptly helped. The Taliors were very professional, and expertly tailored my jacket. Prices were very reasonable, and the wait time for my jacket was minimal. Very satisfied, and plan to come back often.

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★★★★★

I brought a Suit Jacket in that needed some alterations. Once I walked in I was promptly helped. The Taliors were very professional, and expertly tailored my jacket. Prices were very reasonable, and the wait time for my jacket was minimal. Very satisfied, and plan to come back often.

Pros: expert friendly staff

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I have been working professionally as an actor since I graduated college, and am a founding member of a theater company. Naturally, this puts me in a position of having to rely on the efficiency of other professionals and colleagues. I would certainly consider the folks at Sew Special to be a reliable professional contact, because I asked them to work a miracle for me and they did it. I brought them a beautiful suit that needed a great deal of work and had to be ready in a matter of hours for a tech rehearsal and photo shoot that day. The pants had to be let out 3 inches for me, and this needed to be done in such a way that the original fabric was maintained. Also, the suit coat needed to be taken up a half inch at the sleeves. I brought it to them at 12 and it was done at 3. That's a whole lot of work to do in just three hours. It fit beautifully and looked amazing. I would bring my personal items to no other tailor in Chicago, and, professionally, I will insist that my company use Sew Special whenever necessary.

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★★★★★

I have been working professionally as an actor since I graduated college, and am a founding member of a theater company. Naturally, this puts me in a position of having to rely on the efficiency of other professionals and colleagues. I would certainly consider the folks at Sew Special to be a reliable professional contact, because I asked them to work a miracle for me and they did it. I brought them a beautiful suit that needed a great deal of work and had to be ready in a matter of hours for a tech rehearsal and photo shoot that day. The pants had to be let out 3 inches for me, and this needed to be done in such a way that the original fabric was maintained. Also, the suit coat needed to be taken up a half inch at the sleeves. I brought it to them at 12 and it was done at 3. That's a whole lot of work to do in just three hours. It fit beautifully and looked amazing. I would bring my personal items to no other tailor in Chicago, and, professionally, I will insist that my company use Sew Special whenever necessary.

Pros: They all have great pride in their work.

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I usually have garments tailored by my dry cleaner. Sometimes I'm happy with their work, other times I am shocked at the quality... SO... when I needed to have a sequined garment taken in and up, I figured I'd try somewhere new. The reviews on here are right! They do a great job at Sew Special. You can't even tell the dress has been completely changed, and they worked with a DIFFICULT sequin pattern. The craftmanship and quality is VERY good. I'll be going back!

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★★★★★

I usually have garments tailored by my dry cleaner. Sometimes I'm happy with their work, other times I am shocked at the quality... SO... when I needed to have a sequined garment taken in and up, I figured I'd try somewhere new. The reviews on here are right! They do a great job at Sew Special. You can't even tell the dress has been completely changed, and they worked with a DIFFICULT sequin pattern. The craftmanship and quality is VERY good. I'll be going back!

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These guys really know what they are doing. Being a skinny guy, it is tough to find a tailor that really does a good job with shirts, pants and jackets. They got it right the first time. A little pricey, but well worth it. Friendly and great service. I highly recommend them!

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★★★★★

These guys really know what they are doing. Being a skinny guy, it is tough to find a tailor that really does a good job with shirts, pants and jackets. They got it right the first time. A little pricey, but well worth it. Friendly and great service. I highly recommend them!

Pros: Really good at what they do, Friendly

Cons: Parking, Price

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Just had my suit tailored and they did a great job. Friendly place that does quality men's work.....

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★★★★★

Just had my suit tailored and they did a great job. Friendly place that does quality men's work.....

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This shop did excellent work on my wedding dress! I also brought in several other items that turned out to be a perfect fit. This shop is is all about perfection so expect attention to deail and be able to articluate your vision for the garment or ask for one of the workers' assistance. I would highly recommend this shop to anyone looking for quality workmanship and attention to detail.

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★★★★★

This shop did excellent work on my wedding dress! I also brought in several other items that turned out to be a perfect fit. This shop is is all about perfection so expect attention to deail and be able to articluate your vision for the garment or ask for one of the workers' assistance. I would highly recommend this shop to anyone looking for quality workmanship and attention to detail.

Pros: Attention to detail, knowledge of industry, work ethic

Cons: Small shop with little waiting area

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I took in raw fabric to have 4 drapery panels made and Mike did a wonderful job. He made the drapes with blackout liner and even made tie backs with the extra fabric. The drapes look terrific! I will definitely utilize Sew Special's services again!

Mark

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★★★★★

I took in raw fabric to have 4 drapery panels made and Mike did a wonderful job. He made the drapes with blackout liner and even made tie backs with the extra fabric. The drapes look terrific! I will definitely utilize Sew Special's services again!

Mark

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I took two bridesmaid dresses in one that wouldn't be too much work and another that was two sizes too big and very detailed. I had no clue how anyone would have made it not only fit me but look good too. I was amazed when I went back to pick them up because they were both amazing. They fit like a glove and you would never be able to guess that the one dress was two sizes too big. They did such a great job and are very very nice so I would strongly recommend them and will certainly be going back!!

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★★★★★

I took two bridesmaid dresses in one that wouldn't be too much work and another that was two sizes too big and very detailed. I had no clue how anyone would have made it not only fit me but look good too. I was amazed when I went back to pick them up because they were both amazing. They fit like a glove and you would never be able to guess that the one dress was two sizes too big. They did such a great job and are very very nice so I would strongly recommend them and will certainly be going back!!

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This is a very small shop-European. Very creative and friendly, staff is helpful and attentive.
Tailors want to do the job correctly and monitor each other. Ordinary alterations are a breeze-more complex challenges don;t phase them. Bespoke work is of very high quality-well designed and realised.
Highest recommendation.

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★★★★★

This is a very small shop-European. Very creative and friendly, staff is helpful and attentive.
Tailors want to do the job correctly and monitor each other. Ordinary alterations are a breeze-more complex challenges don;t phase them. Bespoke work is of very high quality-well designed and realised.
Highest recommendation.

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I had Sew Special make my daughter's Baptism gown. I explained to them that I wanted something simple yet pretty, with some lace, and not to long. What I got was a beautiful gown for my daughter that far exceeded my expectations!!!! It was beautiful and and more elegant than I imagined. My daughter was the most beautiful baby there. I highly recommend Sew Special to everyone that I know. They do exceptional work, and have the most friendliest people.

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★★★★★

I had Sew Special make my daughter's Baptism gown. I explained to them that I wanted something simple yet pretty, with some lace, and not to long. What I got was a beautiful gown for my daughter that far exceeded my expectations!!!! It was beautiful and and more elegant than I imagined. My daughter was the most beautiful baby there. I highly recommend Sew Special to everyone that I know. They do exceptional work, and have the most friendliest people.

Pros: Beautiful work

Cons: none

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SEW SPECIAL..... that is a perfect name for this busniess!!!!! The work done here is not only special but terrrfic. May and Mike do an outstanding job of fitting each garment to the body type. They exhibiit expert craftmanship in their work. I have been a customer for the past 15 or so years and in all that time,the work done for me has been outstanding!!! I never have to worry if something will fit me. I know that it will in the expert hands of May and Mike . Therefore ,my recommendation for SEW SPECIAL and the oustanding tailoring work of May and Mike is 5 stars.... !

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★★★★★

SEW SPECIAL..... that is a perfect name for this busniess!!!!! The work done here is not only special but terrrfic. May and Mike do an outstanding job of fitting each garment to the body type. They exhibiit expert craftmanship in their work. I have been a customer for the past 15 or so years and in all that time,the work done for me has been outstanding!!! I never have to worry if something will fit me. I know that it will in the expert hands of May and Mike . Therefore ,my recommendation for SEW SPECIAL and the oustanding tailoring work of May and Mike is 5 stars.... !

Pros: Expert tailoring and fit

Cons: None

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Sew Special tailored my seersucker suit to a precise custom fit. Great customer service. Speedy delivery. Very satisfied with the service. I would highly recommend their services to anyone.Thanks again!

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★★★★★

Sew Special tailored my seersucker suit to a precise custom fit. Great customer service. Speedy delivery. Very satisfied with the service. I would highly recommend their services to anyone.Thanks again!

Pros: Experienced and knowledgeable staff.

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I recently bought my first linen suit and wanted it custom fitted. I?ve never had a suit fitted before and after researching online I decided to check out Sew Special Custom. The whole experience from start to finish was very pleasant and professional. Everyone I dealt with seemed genuinely concerned with the outcome of my suit. I will say I paid more than I expected too, but quality comes at a price. My suit had major work done on the coat pockets (had to move 3 pockets), but you would never tell anything was done to it. Their craftsmanship is quite apparent. If you value quality, and understand the saying ?you get what you pay for?, these folks are a great choice for custom tailoring; very friendly, greatly skilled, and highly professional.

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★★★★★

I recently bought my first linen suit and wanted it custom fitted. I?ve never had a suit fitted before and after researching online I decided to check out Sew Special Custom. The whole experience from start to finish was very pleasant and professional. Everyone I dealt with seemed genuinely concerned with the outcome of my suit. I will say I paid more than I expected too, but quality comes at a price. My suit had major work done on the coat pockets (had to move 3 pockets), but you would never tell anything was done to it. Their craftsmanship is quite apparent. If you value quality, and understand the saying ?you get what you pay for?, these folks are a great choice for custom tailoring; very friendly, greatly skilled, and highly professional.

Pros: Highly skilled

Cons: Be prepaired to pay for custom work

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I came from france for a wedding and I had a dress that wasn't finshed and had horrible flaws. So i was reccommended this place and over a couple of weeks, they made a miracle. the dress was long and have a lot of lace and i know it took a lot of work and dedication.
the people there were friendly and professionnal. The staff is talented and now i look much better in this dress. so this is a place i highly recommend!! now i got a perfect dress ............thanks a million.

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★★★★★

I came from france for a wedding and I had a dress that wasn't finshed and had horrible flaws. So i was reccommended this place and over a couple of weeks, they made a miracle. the dress was long and have a lot of lace and i know it took a lot of work and dedication.
the people there were friendly and professionnal. The staff is talented and now i look much better in this dress. so this is a place i highly recommend!! now i got a perfect dress ............thanks a million.

Pros: very proffosional

Cons: wonderfull

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I bought this jacket in Europe a year ago and I like it so much and I wanted a replica of it. I have searched high and low in the city of Chicago and found this unpretentious shop. The mature lady behind the counter was very friendly and helpful. I entrusted my jacket and the fabric that I bought to them. After a few weeks, I got a call from them that my jacket is ready for fitting and pick up. I was a little nervous at first, as soon as I took the plastic cover. Wow!!! I got the exact replica of the jacket. I tried it on and the size is a perfect fit. Now I am in search of a good fabric because I will be going back to this shop to have another 2-3 jackets tailored again.

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★★★★★

I bought this jacket in Europe a year ago and I like it so much and I wanted a replica of it. I have searched high and low in the city of Chicago and found this unpretentious shop. The mature lady behind the counter was very friendly and helpful. I entrusted my jacket and the fabric that I bought to them. After a few weeks, I got a call from them that my jacket is ready for fitting and pick up. I was a little nervous at first, as soon as I took the plastic cover. Wow!!! I got the exact replica of the jacket. I tried it on and the size is a perfect fit. Now I am in search of a good fabric because I will be going back to this shop to have another 2-3 jackets tailored again.

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I gave this business a great review once, but am writing a new one now because alterations that used to be $7 a year ago are now $18! Almost not worth it to fix a garment. All they care about now is that you give them a a nice review, so they can rip somebody else off based on their "good" name. I will be looking for a new tailor - someone good and reasonable. Beware of all old reviews...

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★☆☆☆☆

I gave this business a great review once, but am writing a new one now because alterations that used to be $7 a year ago are now $18! Almost not worth it to fix a garment. All they care about now is that you give them a a nice review, so they can rip somebody else off based on their "good" name. I will be looking for a new tailor - someone good and reasonable. Beware of all old reviews...

Pros: irrelevant due to prices

Cons: pricey!

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Sew Special is an absolute favorite!! Not only is the pricing fair/competitive, everyone at the Dry Cleaners is super nice and attentive. They go out of their way to make sure you look your best. They've fixed buttons that I didn't even know were loose, done EXPERT alterations, and more. I had been a loyal customer for a few years, and then I moved to a new neighborhood -- but I never considered changing to a closer dry cleaner. They won my loyalty because of that extra special attention!

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★★★★★

Sew Special is an absolute favorite!! Not only is the pricing fair/competitive, everyone at the Dry Cleaners is super nice and attentive. They go out of their way to make sure you look your best. They've fixed buttons that I didn't even know were loose, done EXPERT alterations, and more. I had been a loyal customer for a few years, and then I moved to a new neighborhood -- but I never considered changing to a closer dry cleaner. They won my loyalty because of that extra special attention!

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I take all my dry cleaning to Sew Special. It's hard to find someone who handles your clothes the way you want.

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★★★★★

I take all my dry cleaning to Sew Special. It's hard to find someone who handles your clothes the way you want.

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I came here recently to have a bridesmaid dress altered. The tailor did a nice job. It was a tad on the pricey side and only a bit cheaper than some of the other tailors I have been to (i.e. La Modista). Although I will say they were very customer-oriented. I would recommend this place for dress alterations over an everyday dry cleaners.

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★★★★☆

I came here recently to have a bridesmaid dress altered. The tailor did a nice job. It was a tad on the pricey side and only a bit cheaper than some of the other tailors I have been to (i.e. La Modista). Although I will say they were very customer-oriented. I would recommend this place for dress alterations over an everyday dry cleaners.

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Please let me share my first and only experience at Sew Special Tailors. I hope for their sake that mine is an isolated incident.

I have favorite pair of jeans that the metal button over the zipper fell off. I took it there on Thursday afternoon. They said that they could sew another one on. I explained that I don't want it to be sewed on, but to use a special device so that it would be on both side of material (button on the outside, tab-like thing on the inside). They knew what I was talking about but explained that they have the device in one of their other stores. They said to come back on Saturday.

I returned on Saturday and a man brought out the garment. His store just sewed on a metal button held on by thread. I told them that this was not what I wanted. He apologized, and said that the device to attach the jean button was in another store. They said to come back on Monday night.

I return on Monday night right before closing at 7pm, and a lady brought out the garment. The same sewed-on button was still on there. I was furious. The lady realized immediate what was the problem as she was there Saturday when I explained the problem originally.

She offered to re-do it and promised to have it ready by tomorrow. I just said to forget it, and I decided to take my business elsewhere.

I am just disappointed by their lack of attention to detail on a very basic task and by them wasting my time on multiple trips to the store. For their sake, I hope my experience is an isolated incident, but you, as a potential customer, should keep my experience in mind.

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★☆☆☆☆

Please let me share my first and only experience at Sew Special Tailors. I hope for their sake that mine is an isolated incident.

I have favorite pair of jeans that the metal button over the zipper fell off. I took it there on Thursday afternoon. They said that they could sew another one on. I explained that I don't want it to be sewed on, but to use a special device so that it would be on both side of material (button on the outside, tab-like thing on the inside). They knew what I was talking about but explained that they have the device in one of their other stores. They said to come back on Saturday.

I returned on Saturday and a man brought out the garment. His store just sewed on a metal button held on by thread. I told them that this was not what I wanted. He apologized, and said that the device to attach the jean button was in another store. They said to come back on Monday night.

I return on Monday night right before closing at 7pm, and a lady brought out the garment. The same sewed-on button was still on there. I was furious. The lady realized immediate what was the problem as she was there Saturday when I explained the problem originally.

She offered to re-do it and promised to have it ready by tomorrow. I just said to forget it, and I decided to take my business elsewhere.

I am just disappointed by their lack of attention to detail on a very basic task and by them wasting my time on multiple trips to the store. For their sake, I hope my experience is an isolated incident, but you, as a potential customer, should keep my experience in mind.

Pros: Convienent location if you live in neighborhood

Cons: Forgetful, careless

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I have used Sew Special for almost 2 years now to sew my Twiddle products. Not only are they reliable and high quality, they are helpful in finding solutions. Good people too!

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★★★★★

I have used Sew Special for almost 2 years now to sew my Twiddle products. Not only are they reliable and high quality, they are helpful in finding solutions. Good people too!

Pros: They work to short notice and solve problems.

Cons: The decor is a little dated Egyptian but still charming!

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This cleaners does excellent work. They do exactly as I asked them to, and they give me great suggestions as well. I have never ever received a garment that I was not completely pleased with. I would recommend this cleaners to anyone if they want perfect work done!!! Go and see for yourself!!

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★★★★★

This cleaners does excellent work. They do exactly as I asked them to, and they give me great suggestions as well. I have never ever received a garment that I was not completely pleased with. I would recommend this cleaners to anyone if they want perfect work done!!! Go and see for yourself!!

 

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