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You're old enough for prom, but can't hem a dress?
Learning to sew is a skill. Some know how and others don't. But it SHOULD be common knowledge to at least know the basics. You never know when it could be handy. I was never taught to use a needle and thread, but I figured it out with time. Works great for wounds and lost buttons.
To be fair, hemming a wedding/prom/evening dress is much more difficult than hemming a pair or pants or shorts. Not all seamstresses would know how to do it properly. My grandmother was a seamstress who specifically worked on wedding/prom/etc dresses for this exact reason. Why not take it to a dress store? They usually do alterations. Or at least send them away to alter. Hell, the place you bought it might even do it for free if you're lucky.
Wow OP. Maybe it's just one of those days. Hopefully you can find someone to successfully hem it for you. :)
Some people feel used when family asks them for free labor. Maybe you should have offered to do something nice in return?
my mother in law is a seamstress, and regularly does hems for free for family members because it's a 2 second job. however, as some people have said already, prom/wedding dresses are more complicated because of the size and material. OP could have at least offered to pay for it
Maybe she's tired of doing that stuff because she does it all day long and she doesn't want to do yours.
Why do you automatically assume she wants to? She does it for a living, why would you want her. You're the oldest, you can learn to so it.
Usually family members are willing to help other family members to make them happy. I'm sure that is what OP originally thought. Most prom dress materials are extremely hard to sew and only a professional would be able to. It would be stupid to try to sew a prom dress up as your first sewing project.
I think the OP was thinking, based on her stating that she's the oldest and this is her first prom, meaning its the first prom out of the grand kids, that her grandmother would be excited for her, as this is a sort of 'coming of age', and want to hem the dress to make the night that much more special. Not necessarily meaning she wanted to take advantage of her grandma or that she doesn't know how to sew herself. But that is simply my take on the situation. I could be wrong.