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Beth Windhorst has owned and operated Beth’s in Stitches in Hader for three years. Windhorst stands here with her wedding dress from 1988. 

You’d be hard pressed to find someone more honest—and funny—than Beth Windhorst. 

As the owner of Beth’s in Stitches, Windhorst has helped women make sure the dress they’re going to wear for their big day is perfect. 

Beth’s in Stitches is an alteration business that can help create custom attire, alterations and repairs on a variety of special clothing. 

Before focusing on her business full time, Windhorst was a speech and language pathologist for the Goodhue County Education District and Rochester Public School District for 33 years.

Windhorst retired and decided to be more active with her sewing, creating her business.

Now, Windhorst is working to expand her business, most notably in vintage clothing.

“I said, ‘that’s it,’” Windhorst said after a bride brought a vintage dress to her for alterations. “I’m doing vintage stuff.”

On display at her shop in Hader is her wedding dress from 1988, one that could easily be worn today.

Windhorst has been actively searching for vintage dresses to alter and sell on Facebook Marketplace and other places on the Internet throughout the pandemic.

Windhorst has been busy now that the pandemic is winding down and that weddings are being scheduled again.

Since the beginning of May, Windhorst said she has sent out 43 dresses from her shop between brides, bridesmaid, mother of the bride, and prom dresses.

Surviving cancer, speaking proudly

Windhorst knew that breast cancer was almost a certainty in her life. 

Both her mother and grandmother were diagnosed with breast cancer, so Windhorst was prepared for the day it was confirmed. 

Windhorst has been a survivor for six years, connecting with others from around the area and country that have been diagnosed as well. 

Windhorst wears her scars with a sense of pride. She speaks confidently about her diagnosis, but doesn’t define herself by it either. 

One stigma associated with breast cancer survivors is related to implants. As Windhorst said, things that are described as “normal,” are not something that interests her. 

“I know a lot of women were made to feel that we need that reconstruction,” Windhorst said. “That we need prosthetics. That we need to look normal. Well, what is your normal? I have a new normal.”

As Windhorst describes herself, she is “flat and fabulous” and tries to be as open as possible through her social media page. You can even catch Windhorst on a few viral TikTok videos too. 

Windhorst wants to help any breast cancer survivors with alterations to clothing. As a part of her business, she will expand that aspect and vintage clothing as soon as possible. 

Don’t be afraid of the machine

Initially, Windhorst thought teaching classes would be a positive part of her business. 

After asking on Facebook whether people would be interested, Windhorst said she’s had around 80 inquiries about learning from her. 

Whether you are a skilled seamstress or want to get started, Windhorst would be more than happy to guide you. 

Classes aren’t established currently because Windhorst wants to have them in-person, not online. If and when they become available, Windhorst will likely post about it on the Beth’s in Stitches Facebook page

As far as advice would go for people interested in getting started, Windhorst’s advice is to buy something used and to not be afraid of the machine. 

“There are machines on [Facebook] Marketplace being sold left and right,” Windhorst said. “You can get one for $50 or less. That’s what I would do.”

For more information on Windhorst’s business, visit the Beth’s in Stitches Facebook page. 

 

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