Where to get jeans altered or repaired?

legs of a pair of jeansD. emails:

I recently acquired some great second hand jeans, but the legs are too long. Is there anywhere in the Capital Region that can alter blue jeans? Or for that matter, does anyone repair blue jeans around here?

We've had tailor/seamstress questions in the past -- but it's been a bunch of years since the last one.

Got a suggestion for D.? Please share! And a sentence or two about why you're recommending a place can be helpful.


Stena cleaners and tailoring has shortened jeans for me in the past. Also replaced one of those button-type things on a pair of jeans (grommet?). They do nice work.

Circles in Stuyvesant will alter jeans and keep the factory hem at the bottom.

I wouldn't call hemming jeans a repair. Its pretty simple and anybody can do it.

I'll second Stena Cleaners/Tailors in Loudonville. Excellent work for a reasonable price.

I don't know if he does jeans (although why not) but as a tailor I would recommend Jacques in the back of Stuyvesant Plaza. His work is great (and not crazy expensive although I wouldn't begrudge him if it was) and he is a pleasant and elegant gentleman.

@Ron - that's irrelevant. Someone has made the decision to pay someone to hem their jeans. That is what the topic is.

@Ron -- It's hard to hem jeans if you don't own a sewing machine. Hand hemming looks crummy. Yeah, it would be great if everyone had old-timey skills, but they don't. That's why we have specialists like tailors.

That said, for anyone who does want to DIY but doesn't own a machine, the Albany Public Library has sewing machines in its Albany Made Creative Lab and has experts there to help you. The APL also offers sewing classes. It's not a bad thing for men and women to learn how to hem and to sew a seam to make basic repairs and alterations. (I grew up in a sewing family: grandmother in the garment industry; father and others in the family upholstery biz.)

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