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Better off threads

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Know Us

Better Off Threads provides clothing repair, basic alterations, and creative sewing services.

We are located in Portland, Oregon.

DROP-OFF & PIck-up service

We will be accepting clothing for alterations on select dates* at the St. Johns Farmer's Market located on N Charleston Ave & N Central St.

*late summer 2023 dates TBD

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OUR Services

mending of torn clothes
Tailor Drafting

Clothing Repair & Mending

I can repair ripped seams, mend holes in sweaters and socks, replace a zipper, and more. Keep your most well-loved items out of the trash!

Basic Alterations

Is the fit not quite right?

I can perform simple alterations to help customize the fit of the garment.

Creative Upcycling

Are you looking to transform that $5 thrifted dress into another type of garment?

Reach out!

Price list


  • Basic hem - starting at $25*
  • Blind hem - starting at $30
  • Take in/out side seam - $45*
  • Take in/out waist - $45
  • Zipper repair or replacement - starting at $30
  • Replace button, clasp, or other notion - $5

* Starting price for pants or narrow skirt/dress. Full skirts and dresses may require additional time and cost.


As each project is custom to the individual and the piece, services are priced by the hour, in 15 minute increments.

  • 15 minutes - $15
  • 30 minutes - $30
  • 45 minutes - $45
  • 60 minutes - $60

how it works


Drop Off!

Drop off your item(s) with us at our booth at the Farmer's Market! If needed, we have a changing room available for your use if you would like a fitting at our booth. If you already know the specific measurements, that works too.


Pick Up!

Pick up your item(s) at the farmer's market in two weeks and pay at our booth. Can't make it? We'll hold onto your item(s) for you and you can pick them up on another date, just let us know!


  • Please be sure to wash items before alterations or mending, even if they are brand new. An additional $5 will be charged for each unwashed item.

  • Drop-off and pick-up service is available at the St. John's farmer's Market on the following dates:

  • Local delivery or shipping can be provided for an additional cost. Please contact me to arrange at

  • Rush orders are accepted for an additional charge on a case-by-case basis.

  • Payment to be made when you pick up your item. Cash, check or credit card are accepted.

Please contact me if you are unsatisfied with your service in any way. We can discuss options on how to resolve the issue.


Email Address

Phone Number

(503) 740-7467