St. C seamstress making her mark

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Jenny Hickenbottom was taught to sew at age seven by her mother, and since then she’s been honing her skills in a variety of places. Hickenbottom opened her own business, Alterations Etc., last September. On April 15, she moved to her current location at the second floor of The Lundy House at 164 E. Main St. in St. Clairsville.

“I’ve always been an entrepreneur, and I’ve come back to sewing,” Hickenbottom said. “It’s what I’m good at.”

Hickenbottom is the sole owner and employee of Alterations Etc. She offers a wide variety of services, including hems, zippers, taking in/letting out, ironing, spot removal, repairs and shortening or lengthening sleeves. She specializes in prom and wedding dresses, as well as bridesmaid, mother of the bride/groom and homecoming dresses.

Hickenbottom learned alteration at age 19, while she was working at Henry Cloud 9 Bridal Shoppe. She’s been practicing for the last ten years, so it’s safe to say she’s got it down pat. While dresses are her specialty, Hickenbottom is also proficient with using her 1952 Singer sewing machine for heavier fabrics like canvas. She’s had clients bring in Carhart clothing to add zippers and has altered pontoon covers.

For those in a hurry, she offers a same-day service to finish alterations quickly. Hours are Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To contact her, call (740) 213-0751.

Hickenbottom is originally from Pennsylvania, and currently resides with her two daughters in Barnesville, where she has lived for the past eight years.

Her artistic abilities are not limited to sewing, as she is the author of four children’s books, a series called “The Tales of Two Kitties.” The books imagine the shenanigans her cats get into when she’s not home. They are available on

Hickenbottom says she has not been able to really promote her books as she is focused on Alterations Etc., but she plans to look into donating copies to libraries in Belmont County.

Hickenbottom plans to attend Ladies’ Pink Power Night on May 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is held monthly at OVMC East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry, with an aim to feature local businesses and empower women in the Ohio Valley.

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