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Family’s tailoring business expands to St. Charles

Tailor, Needle & Thread opens in St. Charles

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 9:59 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014 7:41 a.m. CDT
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Jimmy Dalipi creates a custom suit at Tailor, Needle and Thread in St. Charles. The business is at 2000 W. Main St. in St. Charles.

ST. CHARLES – A tailoring business with more than 35 years of experience has set up shop in St. Charles.

Tailor, Needle & Thread opened its second location in March at 2000 W. Main St. The tailoring and clothing business has had a store at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg since 2001. Owner Zim Dalipi wanted to expand and chose St. Charles when he did not find any tailors listed in town.

The business offers alterations for men’s and women’s apparel, ready-to-wear men’s clothing and suits, full custom-tailored clothing, embroidery and tuxedo rentals, Dalipi said.

Dalipi learned his craft from his father, Jimmy Dalipi, who currently works at the St. Charles location. He recommends tailoring for anyone that wants a better fit and look with their clothes. Dalipi said he differs from dry cleaners that might offer to do alterations.

“I’m an expert in tailoring,” Dalipi said. “I know exactly what needs to be done and the quality of work we give. It speaks for itself.”

Rosemary Leazzo said she will recommend that her cousin who lives in St. Charles go to the new store if he ever needs alterations. Leazzo, a Buffalo Grove resident, has been a customer at the Tailor, Needle & Thread Woodfield Mall location ever since it opened.

Leazzo said she is petite and always has to have the length of her clothes shortened. She said she never has had to return her garments to the shop a second time after alterations were made. The Dalipis are honest and will tell you if an alternation won’t work, or if a garment will be difficult to fix, Leazzo said.

“They are professional, and they are customer-friendly,” she said. “They just bend over backwards to accommodate.”

Dalipi said the standard turnaround for a job at his shops is one week, but he is willing to move up orders for those who need it sooner at no extra cost. He also contacts patrons if he finishes alterations early and can take advance appointments whenever the store is closed.

Know more

What: Tailor, Needle & Thread

Where: 2000 W. Main St., St. Charles

Contact: Call 630-549-6048 or visit

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