The reigning reason why I loathe (and almost always says no to) alteration work is because
a) it’s about as engaging as that semester I spent trying to stay awake during World Civ.
b) i can’t justify charging an hourly rate when it takes me WAY longer than it should because I’m slow and a perfectionist, and I hate charging a reasonable flat rate because I feel ripped off.
c) Once, after spending hours putting in a utility zipper into a space suit, I finished only to realize I’d put it in BACKWARDS. Instead of ripping it out and starting over again like any self-respecting seamster would, I hung head my low and recommended that my client take it to a legit tailor.
d) once a person asks me to do an alteration, I battle a strong urge to hide from them at every subsequent encounter.
It was at that point I decided that no monetary reward was worth such dreadful shame. All my other answers are also true, with the exception of d, which is only true if I said no, or did a bad job (refer to spacesuit story).
Do you do alterations? Is there anything that you can’t abide and will say no to? How do you manage that dreaded task? (saying no, AND/OR doing alterations).
And ps, can I get your number? I have a dress-jacket I need taken in…