Finding a good local seamstress involves searching review sites online, soliciting recommendations from others, and asking high-end clothing stores for tailor referrals. Meeting face-to-face with a potential seamstress helps determine if she is well-qualified for your specific job.
Search online for seamstresses with high review ratings. Use review sites such as Yelp.com and CitySearch.com, and search using terms such as "seamstress," "tailor" and "alterations." Avoid tailors who have more negative reviews than positive ones.
Ask other well-dressed friends in the area if they have tailors. Also, ask high-end boutique stores and clothing stores where they send clients for tailoring assistance. High-end stores need to maintain a quality image, so they only work with qualified tailors.
It is important to meet with potential seamstresses in person to determine her standards for quality. If the tailor is too busy or is swamped with work, it is a warning sign that she may rush while working on garments, resulting in a shoddy job. Ask to see sample pieces of her work, and look for symmetrical garments with clean stitches. Good tailors listen and interact with clients while also making recommendations. Talk with the potential seamstress, and ask questions to help determine if she has knowledge and experience in her field.