If you’ve just bought yourself a new suit, you may have noticed some extra stitches that seemingly have no use. However, if you are deciding on what to do with it, we hope this article will help you come to a decision.

Tack Stitching

The big “X” stitch or tags dotting certain areas of your suit is called tack stitching. They’re added as part of the manufacturing and shipping process. The stitches help make sure that loose parts of the suit won’t get caught and damage the fabric during transportation. 

Here’s where you can find the tack stitches:

  • Lapels
  • Pockets
  • Back Area

Before putting on the outfit and head out, check these areas for tack stitching. Do note that they or may not be present, so do a thorough check. Why? Because you should remove it. The idea behind tack stitching is to keep the suit safe until a customer purchases it, where they will remove the stitches later on. 

Removing Tack Stitches

After locating every tack stitch, labels, and tags on your suit, it is time to get them removed. Sometimes, these stitches are already loose, so you can rip them off with your bare hands or use a pair of scissors. However, some may be some tightly sewn into your suit. For those, you will need a stitch remover that can easily be bought online or at a sewing equipment shop. If you do not have one and you decide to use a knife, be very careful, as you can accidentally damage your suit. 

If you aren’t comfortable about removing the tack stitches by yourself or don’t know how one looks like, you can bring your suit to your local tailor. Tell them what needs to be done, and they’ll get to it. If you have removed the stitches but find that the area is opening up too much for your liking, you can have the tailor sew it back together.

Seeing Tack Stitches on Other People’s Suit

If you’re strolling around town or at a business meeting and you notice that someone’s suit still has the tack stitching on, you should tell the person immediately. More often than not, the person wearing the suit will be young. However, whatever the person’s age, your job is to make sure that they’re educated about tack stitches. You’re not embarrassing them in any way, but doing them a favor. You’re wearing a suit to look like a gentleman, so you should act like one too.

Before you head out for a special occasion in your suit, check it thoroughly for tack stitches. You don’t want to go out there looking smart and fashionable, but you forget to remove the label. Also, remember, you don’t have to be embarrassed about taking this issue up with your tailor. More often than not, they’ve dealt with this situation quite frequently and will be more than happy to help you out. If you’re fortunate, the tailor might even recommend you on other suit styles that will fit you better!

If you’re looking to get a suit from a bespoke tailor in Bangkok, get in touch with us today to book your consultation!

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