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Elizabeth’s Alterations
By Annette Langenstein, Staff Writer
Published in the July 28, 2016 edition

For the past nine years this September, Liz Ehlin has been the owner of Elizabeth’s Alterations, located in Suite 213, upstairs in the Pony Village Mall, 1611 Virginia Avenue in North Bend. Liz has a partner she’s been working with since starting the business who works out of her home. “When I don’t have time to do an alteration myself, or I’m too busy in the store, I hand projects over to her,” says Liz.

I asked Liz how she got started in the alterations business. “Well, I’ve been sewing since I was in junior high,” she replied. “That was when I had my first sewing class, but I had some prior experience. I continued sewing through high school. I had my two small children at home, and I first began doing alterations there. When my youngest was in first grade I opened this shop in the mall, and that way I was only here when my children were in school.”

Elizabeth’s Alterations does all facets of clothing alterations for both men and women.

Elizabeth’s Alterations provides a variety of services. She does all facets of alterations for both men and women, such as hemming, repair work, putting zippers in, lots of wedding gown and bridesmaid’s alterations, even cushion replacement. “One of the projects we worked on last year was altering a wedding gown so that it had a peacock look. We’re used to challenging projects like lacework, making wedding gown bigger or smaller, etc.  I also do lots of work for the Coast Guard like sewing patches on and other uniform alterations,” said Liz.

Liz says she has a lot of repeat customers, so that speaks favorably for her quality of work. “I really see a variety of projects coming through my door,” said Liz. “Right now we’re in the wedding season, so there are a lot of gowns coming in.  I also do men’s suit alterations like shortening sleeves, taking in suits or letting them out, and hemming slacks.  I even hem designer jeans and do original hems that require specific stitching so they don’t lose the integrity of the original garment.”

I asked Liz how her South Coast Shopper ads are working for her. “I just decided to take out my ad for another six weeks,” she replied. “I feel like consistency is key to advertising. Sometimes I’m so busy I don’t get to ask people where they saw my ad, but I’m seeing a lot of new faces, and people have told me they’ve seen my ad in the Shopper, so that makes me really happy.”

Liz said that as far as future plans go, she’s going to be expanding to start carrying garment bags and boxes for wedding gowns.  “We’re also going to be including ironing, steaming and pressing services here.  And I’d like to let people know that we do home deliveries and home measuring for people who have mobility difficulties.”

“I’d like to make people aware that I really try to do my best to accommodate my customer’s needs because they’re coming in and paying me for a service and I want to be able to do the best I can,” continued Liz. “If I feel that I can’t perform the work a potential customer wants, I will refer them to someone else.”

Elizabeth’s Alterations is the only on-site shop that does strictly clothing alterations in the local area. They’re open from 10 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday, with extended hours available. Their phone number is 541-290-0623.       

Liz finished with, “I would just like to say that I’m available and I do my best to make people happy. The best part of my job is meeting new people and being able to help them out with their clothing needs."

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