One of the worst habits that I have is waiting till the last minute to get things done.

Getting my pants hemmed was one of these tasks. I can never find pants that fit me properly. They just don't make pants that fit my waist but match my height. So almost every pair of pants that I purchase I have to get hemmed. But I cannot bring myself to spend $15-20 to get a pair of pants hemmed.

So I end up buying a pair of pants and have them sit in my closet.

Twice, the day before I had to go on a trip, I ran around from tailor to tailor looking so see who could hem my pants immediately. The stores in malls all seem to have to send out their pants to a tailor and did not offer same day service. Even the ones that had a tailor working in the back were too busy to get it done right away. Most said that they would take 3-4 days.

The last time this happened to me I discovered a place that is actually owned by a tailor. It is one of those family owned stores where the owner/operator provides the service himself. I prefer these stores to the ones where you have a sales person take you order and then someone else actually does the work.

The owner operator stores are unlike the capitalistic feudal system in which most modern businesses operate. A system where you have 1 CEO, 6 Directors, 10 Managers, and 50 workers. The 17 guys on top on average earning five times what the 50 guys on the bottom make. Managers whose only jobs are making sure the workers are working. Managers who could not do the workers job if their life depended on it, but who are quick to reprimand the worker for not meeting the quota. The same guys who at the first sign of financial trouble for a company decide `hey, lets layoff a couple of guys who actually do some work because we need our quarterly earnings to look better, and there is no way that I am firing myself.`

The tailor that I finally found was able to hem my pants in 1 hour, was willing to stay an 1/2 hour past his closing time and for $6 per pair. Compare that to the other stores that wanted on average $15 per pair and could at best have them ready in 3 days. I think I found myself a pretty good deal.

In case you are wondering here is the tailor's information. For the cynics out there I have not received any compensation of any kind for this post.


Professional Alterations & Dry Cleaning
5261 Hwy 7 E.
Markham, ON
L3P 1B8
East of McCowan, South East Corner
905-294-0455

Hours of Operation
Mon - Fri 8am-8pm
Sat 9am -7pm
Sun 11am-4pm

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