Suits give you the look of a rich, educated person, but they can be costly. Nevertheless, if you know where to look and know what you are looking for, you can find a decent suit for a bargain. If you happen to find such a suit, you need to double-check its entirety to ensure its authenticity. Save your money and have the appearance of a rich and handsome-looking person by considering these four crucial parts:
1) Hand-sewn seams beneath the collar
A good-quality suit is usually hand-sewn. That’s because suits made by industrial machine processes tend to be produced fast that the seams are stitched loosely. As a consequence, the suit is prone to forming threadbare and tears more easily than a hand-sewn one. Check the seams beneath the collar to determine if your suit is hand- or machine-sewn. Machine-sewn suits have loose but regularly-spaced stitches that you can feel the thread of the stitch move when you touch it. A hand-sewn seam, on the other hand, does not budge.
2) Quality hand-made buttonholes
Flip the buttonhole along the bottom side. If the hole looks similar to the one in front, the suit is likely a cheap industrial product. However, even if there is a slight asymmetry of the buttonholes’ front and back parts, that doesn’t automatically mean that it’s a good hand-made suit. The presence of threadbare and unfinished perforations indicate sloppy work. A quality hand-made suit should have an irregular, asymmetric back and front buttonhole appearance. The buttons should get in the buttonholes easily, without forming creases around it.
3) Presence of extra, unused fabric in the pants
Makers of cheap, industrial-grade suits consider extra, unused fabrics as an added cost. This means that they cut corners by leaving as little extra fabric as possible in your suit. The problem with this case is that you will not be able to adjust your garment’s size without that extra fabric. Look at the pants and take it inside out to check the seams and cuffs inside.
If you can see an extra fabric an inch or two jutting along these places, your suit is probably a quality hand-made one. The cuffs should also be properly long, folded, and stitched, which would allow you to remove the stitch yourself when you need to make adjustments. However, if you see merely an overlock stitch along the seams, you likely have a sub-par suit on your hands. A cuff that is merely cut and attached on the inside indicates that the manufacturer wants to cut costs. However, since your cuffs are cut, a tailor won’t be able to extend your pants anymore when needed.
4) Stitching at the sleeves
The quality and appearance of stitching along the sleeves can also tell you if your suit is hand- or machine-made. In hand-made suits, the space sizing of the threads is regular, while machine-made suits have subtle deviations. The threads on the sleeves of cheap suits are also movable when you prod your fingers against them. Similar to your collar seams, the machine type of craftsmanship would lead to a damaged, worn-out suit in a year or even less. Such a cheap suit is not cheap because you’ll waste your money on a substandard quality suit.
With these tips, you will be able to purchase quality suits that will make you appear rich and handsome, even at a bargained price.
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