In order to understand the subject of this rant, one must first understand why there is such a need for alterations of so many garments in the first place?
The answer is quite simple, all of the clothes are made in a foreign country, the pattern makers, sample makers and the designers are all foreign based, they are subject to the limitations of all the various variables of operating a clothing manufacturing unit in any foreign country.
The most damming variable is the cut and the fit, most of the clothes made off shore are made by people who have a much different body than the American person, with respect to cut and fit. In America we have a different body type. Take the police and fireman uniforms as a for instance, every waist and every seat has to be fatally adjusted, every time and the cost is monumental to the city of Miami, every uniform has to be fixed, not just hemming of the length of the pants or the sleeve, but the collars and cuffs also has to be fixed as well.
Many of the Latin women are very sexy they have a small waist and a larger butt, the pants do not work, the pants are made for people with a flat butt.
The operators who provide uniforms simply cannot do a good job as it is not cost effective, therefore the uniforms are made in such a manner that the city has to bear the cost of repairs, now if these uniforms were made locally a lot of those fixes could be controlled to a minimum requirement. The uniform providers cannot order all the size combinations as per sleeve length, pants length, butt height and all the possible combinations, because of the minimum order requirement of the factories abroad, that is the secret you are never told.
Now for Tailored clothing, wow, what a disaster for people who like to wear clothes that look tailored, these professionals must spend a lot of money to alter their clothes, and who does most of the alterations? the local dry cleaners, wow, what a mess that is, this local dry cleaner has no special training in this job and therefore almost always cannot do a great job.
Do you want to know what happens with the alteration shops who do the fashion items? these shops cannot get workers with adequate know how, there simply is not enough of them to go around and the workers who do know how to do the job are not being properly paid, so those few simply open their own shops.
We will not talk about a working condition in these shops, some of these locations, and some of them are very prestigious, but the working condition is nothing less that substandard to worst.
There are excellent schools in Miami who instruct students in the fine art of alterations but I think they lack students, for the simple reason the job is not a well paying position.
I guess there are solutions but maybe we have not yet found them or they may be buried in many other issues, all of which plagues the sewing industry at this present time.