Post # 1
I have a seamstress altering my dress out of her home. Should I tip her when it comes time to pay for my dress? She has a fancy room with a pedestal, sewing machines and all in her house, so she does often do alterations out of her house. A friend knows her and referred her.
She does work in an alterations department at a famous department store too, so she also had part time job.
What do you ladies think? I don’t want to embarrass myself by not tipping or by offering a tip and her not expecting it…
Post # 3
I tipped my seamstress and she worked out of her home. I’m not sure if it’s customary, but she did a great job and so I gave her an extra $20.00.
Post # 4
Tip her the same as you would tip someone at a alteration shop.
Post # 5
tipping? Are we supposed to tip???
Post # 6
I’m curious to know what the hive says about this. I didnt even think about tipping my seamstress who also owns her own in-home alterations shop… Hmm…
Post # 7
I would tip anyone who took the time to do something for me regardless of their location. They’re hired by you. Their services are for you. My baker was a co-worker who did a magnificent job out of home. I tipped her $20.
Post # 8
No, she is likely keeping all of the profit if she is doing it out of her home. You don’t tip the manager of a shop, so you wouldn’t tip someone self employed.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Since she’s the owner, she’s making all the profit. Wouldn’t she charge you the amount she wants to make? You could tip her if she went above and beyond what you wanted, but I wouldn’t think it’d be a mandatory tip… but i dunno…
@Rouquine: Isn’t the payment itself what you give her in exchange for her services? Not being snarky btw, just confused.
@Tangled: Seriously. I am so clueless about all the tipping rules.
Post # 10
My seamstress altered my dress out of her home. She was very very sweet and accomodating. I didn’t tip her though, but I did bring her flowers on the day I went to pick up my dress.
Post # 11
@lolot: No one said it’s mandatory. I just mean that it doesn’t matter the location of the service being performed. If you feel like tipping then you should.
Post # 12
If you feel you should tip, then do so.
Tipping “rules” from a waitress…
1) Bartender,Waiter,Server in the US: ALWAYS TIP THEM.
2) Hairdresser/MUA: Tip them.
3) DJ/Band/Photographer/seamstress…kind of 50/50 here so use your discretion. I’d tip any of these people if they were at an event I did not set up, but say I wanted a picture or song played, tip. If my seamstress went above and beyond, I’d tip. If you are asking more than what a normal job would be, tip.
Post # 14
I don’t tip when I get alterations done. There’s never a tip line in the receipt, and I just never thought about it! I had my dress alterations done at the dress shop, and also – no line for the tip. I just didn’t do it. Didn’t even think about it until now.
Post # 15
I might be the bad guy here but for any service other than that of “Food Service” Tipping is a dirty word for me. Who made up these tipping rules?… I can’t for the life of me figure out why we are tipping half of the people we tip these days. Is it cause someone, somewhere that once did the job put out a jar and thus that became a tipable industry?
Post # 16
i tipped my seamstress because she did soooo much work for me for a realllllly good price. I felt she deserved more 🙂