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From: MaryW
Date: 11-26-2003, 10:24 AM (1 of 7)
I started a topic on Sewing as Business about holiday sales. It quickly turned to how there are not many who really appreciate a quality made garment anymore.

I think the problem is as Linda said, no one appreciates a quality garment when they see one. Garment making is becoming a lost art and it is up to us to educate the others as to what that constitutes.

I point out to my daughters the lack of quality clothing in the stores. Beautiful looking suits and outfits with fishing line in the hems. Scant seam allowances and threads hanging all over.

I showed my girls a housecoat I made myself. I used french seams and hemmed carefully. You couldn't see the stitches and they sure won't come out first time I wash it.

It is almost as nice looking on the wrong side as it is on the right side. That is what I was taught to strive for. The learning process is never ending, at least not for me but I do believe it is more than worth it in the end.

The art of sewing is my personal creative outlet, along with screaming and tearing my hair out at my grandson. :bluewink: It gives me great satisfaction to see someone wear one of my garments. They are well dressed and it fits!
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From: jcook
Date: 11-26-2003, 11:56 AM (2 of 7)
You're absolutely right Mary! There are no quality garments in the stores anymore. I think at least part of the problem is that the stores all starting concentrating on getting the cheapest cost to try to maximize the almighty corporate dollar. Now, all of the clothing available in the stores is made in Asia or Central America where they literally have to produce thousands of garments per day for about $35 a week. All of the stores do it too, although the paper has been focusing on Wal-Mart this week. I wish there was an easy solution for this.

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From: Magot
Date: 11-26-2003, 12:34 PM (3 of 7)
In England it is not helped by the fact that fabric seems expensive - I'm always having to weigh "will it cost more to make or to buy" now I know it will be more durable if I make, but some fashion items you don't want to last for ever - just a season.
Classic, I look for quality - fashion, I buy cheap, treat myself I make. I tend to only make garments that would cost the earth to buy as you can make big savings on them for example prom dresses, evening gowns and bridal wear. Otherwise I buy - I just love to shop!
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From: Bra Lady
Date: 11-28-2003, 05:37 PM (4 of 7)
I agree Mary! Its awful out there today. One wash and garments are falling apart. People are more influenced by price then quality these days. In my business its very hard to educate women on proper support, let alone the fact that quality plays the most important part in that. People are becoming use to paying cheap imported from China quality vs. North American made high quality last forever unique garments!:Canada: :USA: :cry: Its so sad.
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 11-28-2003, 06:20 PM (5 of 7)
I'm glad to see what you think of invisible thread.. I called it fishing line at a sewing guild meeting and the leader almost had a stroke.. But I have not seen any that would stay in a seam like it should.. I think there is room for vast improvment in so called 'invisible threads'. They get no more of my money til they come out with one that works..:cool: :cool:
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From: Llantrisant
Date: 12-01-2003, 07:09 PM (6 of 7)
I fully agree Libby,invisible thread is just that! falls out if you look at it!! personally I can't wear anything with that in the seams,thats why i make my own clothes now with livingsoft patterns! I can make it and design an outfit too.At least i will have seams that stay put apposed to that silly stuff the manufactures use now.
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From: MaryW
Date: 12-02-2003, 09:12 AM (7 of 7)
You can pay two arms and a leg for an outfit and the buttons are already to fall off! It's a disgrace.
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