I am a Seamstress with 25+ years of experience with a Harford County home-based business in Forest Hill, Maryland, that I have owned and operated for 20+ years. I started this Service in September 2000 because I love helping people achieve the look they want and deserve at affordable prices. My hobbies outside of sewing are spending time with my family and friends, biking, sports, painting, swimming, watching movies, and exploring.

My History

I started sewing when I was a little girl at the age of 7 and was taught the basics by my Aunt and grandmother. As a couple of years passed, my interests grew stronger, and I would sew whenever I had the opportunity. When I got to Middle School, they offered a Home Economics class, so I took advantage of having some fun in school. I ended up being the teacher's assistant. I went through Middle, High School, College, U.S. Army, and a Medical Trade School. I enjoyed the strengths and expectations of what both the U.S. Army and Medical fields offered; my love of Sewing has always persisted.

For many years, I have made repairs, alterations, crafts, and more for family and friends, until a friend asked me, "Why don't you turn this into a business?" "Oh my...I thought! I have had my calling in front of my face for years." I enjoy helping people like you get what they want and have trouble finding it. "WOW, what a wonderful gift I was given!" When my husband and I decided to start a family, we discussed my staying at home to raise the kids. I left my medical career and started my sewing business in September 2000. We lived in a townhouse at the time, so I was limited in my services until we bought his parent's house in 2007. Once we settled in, I started offering wedding dress alterations, and in 2009 we moved everything to a studio space on the property separate from the house. I have continued to grow year after year and love helping my brides prepare for one of the most important days of their life. I love sewing and take great pride in giving customers over 25 years of experience. I enjoy taking the worrying off their minds and giving personalized attention.

I offer many areas of service specializing in alterations: wedding dresses, bridal party/other formal and everyday clothing. I can assist you with embroidery, home decor, memory items, and more.

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Give me a call, and let's see what I can do for you!

*For appointments scheduled online in my studio.

Forms of Payment Accepted

I take Cash and Check* (payable to The Joy Of Sewing & Embroidery Service) and EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) and Major Credit Cards are now accepted*

Payment plans can be worked out if time permits. Ask for details as certain restrictions apply.

*NSF/Re-Deposit Checks carry a $45.00 fee in addition to the check amount. Certain restrictions apply to credit cards. See policy/disclaimer.



"I just had my first fitting with Joy. She was excellent during my fitting. She took the time to pin...”


"Joy lived up to every great review and beyond! She felt like a life long friend right away. Joy had ..."

JAMIE I. – on the Knot

"Joy was amazing! She did a fantastic job altering my dress as well as alleviating any fear that I ..."

- JAMIE I. – on the Knot

"Joy did an amazing job on my lace wedding dress. She provided professional expertise and quality ..."

JENNY MILLER – On Facebook

"Wow was I nervous when I went to start the alterations process for my wedding dress! All nerves..."

- JENNY MILLER – On Facebook
JESSICA H. – On the Knot

"Joy is a phenomenal seamstress! She altered my wedding gown and my shower/rehearsal dress to ..."

- JESSICA H. – On the Knot

Joy was wonderful to work with and made the wedding dress experience so personal and fun for my mom ...


"A coworker of mine referred me to Joy and am I so thankful she did! Not only is Joy a pleasure to ..."

KIRSTEN P – On the Knot

"Joy was fantastic. I had a lot of fears about the alterations process, both with regards to some..."

- KIRSTEN P – On the Knot

"Joy is the best! She is very organized & easy to work with. I am so grateful for her expertise when ..."


Additional Information About Me

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