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How do you spot hand work?

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People on this forum are frequently talking about the amount of hand work on a given suit, and how this is often an indication of a quality item. While I can certainly understand that, I'm wondering how to spot it. For example, I know to look under the collar on an Oxxford suit to see the little uneven stitches there, but what are other common places to spot hand-work and what does it look like? I'm wondering about both jackets and pants.
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The buttonholes and the lapel hole(s), to start with. The stitching should appear uneven and not perfectly symmetrical. The little imperfections, caused by the human hand sewing instead of a machine, are what give it elegance.
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Look at where the lining is stitched in to the jacket. Also look at the inside of the armholes where the lining is -- you'll see the same uneven stitching there. Also look around pocket edges and lapel edges (not just for obvious pick stitching -- check out an Oxxford and you'll see what I'm talking about).
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Look at where the lining is stitched in to the jacket.  Also look at the inside of the armholes where the lining is -- you'll see the same uneven stitching there.  Also look around pocket edges and lapel edges (not just for obvious pick stitching -- check out an Oxxford and you'll see what I'm talking about).
Yeah, these days, unfortunately, pick stitching is not necessarily a sign of handwork.
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(johnnynorman3 @ April 14 2005,12:16) Look at where the lining is stitched in to the jacket.  Also look at the inside of the armholes where the lining is -- you'll see the same uneven stitching there.  Also look around pocket edges and lapel edges (not just for obvious pick stitching -- check out an Oxxford and you'll see what I'm talking about).
Yeah, these days, unfortunately, pick stitching is not necessarily a sign of handwork.
i wonder if someone's going to invent a machine that purposely does uneven pick stitching sidenote, my tailor told me that tiny amount of pick stitching on my jil sander was done by machine
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