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Dottie Kopcho owns Seamsright on Clay Avenue.

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By Margie Stanislaw
Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Greeted by a plethora of garments to be altered, a pair of boots that need a zipper and a church pew cushion that was cut down, customers will immediately understand why the tag line of Seamsright is, “If we can't fix it-you might as well pitch it.”

Owned by Dottie Griffin Kopcho, Seamsright opened at the corner of Clay Avenue and South Second Street several months ago.

Working in the dry cleaning business in Greensburg is where Kopcho got her start as a seamstress.

“It is what I really love, but I have also worked as a nurse aid and a school bus driver,” said Kopcho.

She still drives a school bus for the Hempfield Area School District. She has been driving for Hempfield for 33 years, but hopes to retire in the near future to dedicate more time to Seamsright.

“The owner (of the dry cleaners) told me I didn't have the brains to be in business for myself,” said Kopcho, “so I went out on my own as a seamstress.”

That was close to 10 years ago. She put up signs and started doing deliveries to her customers. She was in South Greensburg for many years, but had some issues with the space she was renting.

One of Kopcho's customers had a family member who owned a building in Jeannette and she decided to move her business.

Her new store has more a lot more room than her last location and also sports a huge mirror for customers to stand in front of while alterations are being made.

“I like a challenge,” Kopcho said. That is evidenced by a pair of boots sitting on her counter.

According to Kopcho, one of her customers asked her if she would try to put a zipper in them. After looking at them for quite a while she decided to give it a try and repaired the boots successfully.

Kopcho does hemming and all other types of clothing alterations, but her specialty is gowns. She does bridal alterations, and prom gown alterations. Prom season is Kopcho's busiest season of the year and by April she had between 15 and 20 gowns waiting at the shop to be altered.

Kopcho is also getting into the business of reselling gowns.

Seamsright is located at 200 Clay Ave. but the entrance is on South Second Street.

“If the light's on, Dottie's in” said Kopcho.

Hours are generally 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Customers can also call and schedule an appointments. The phone number is 724-523-2232.

Margie Stanislaw is a freelance writer.

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