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Do-it-yourself alterations on Buffalo News video

Late last week I visited Jimmy Lee, owner of TT New York in the Boulevard Mall in Amherst. Lee took me step-by-step through four simple things you can do to repair, alter and clean your clothes without visiting a tailor or dry cleaner. The first video in the series is embedded below.

This assignment was especially timely for me because my new pair of Banana Republic khakis have a grease stain that just won't come out. I'm going to use Lee's method of combining baby wipes and baby powder to lift the stain (I have to buy the wipes and powder first!). Also, my favorite corduroy jacket recently came back from the cleaners with a cracked button. I'll use Lee's advice to sew a new one on.

If you have success with Jimmy's tips, let us know. And if you have other tried-and-true methods, share them here.

— Joseph Popiolkowski

View the full "MoneySmart: Skills to Master" series at The Buffalo News video page.

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