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Sewing--Best done by young people?

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What the union leaders do not want to acknowledge is these workers are all over 40 years of age, even over 50. Sewing is like athletics, which can only be performed well by those under 30. When you get old, your eyes fail you and your hand-eye co-ordination is not so good. Hong Kong's skilled sewers cannot compete with mainland, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan and Vietnamese sewers.
Read this article recently, what's your view?
post #2 of 11
Absolute BS. It's like saying young pianists can play much more accurately than the ageing Rubinstein.  What's the point of playing all the right notes and only that?
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The more experience you have sewing, the better you become at handling fabric. Maybe some kid from Sri Lanka can push a seam through faster, But the old tailor will make sure that the seam does not pucker.
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there is a very good reason why the Vietnamese workers in such factories are young....the entire population is young. its that simple. the country lost a generation to war and now something like half the population is south of thirty.
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My grandfather was a tailor and could still easily thread the smallest of needles well into his 80s.
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but isn't it true that elderly folks are more likely to have shaky hands, arthritis, and poor vision? truly they will have better judgment and a more refined aesthetic sense, but that's why they would make better managers than workers. me, i think they should train the capuchin monkeys to sew for sex. /andrew
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The more experience you have sewing, the better you become at handling fabric. Maybe some kid from Sri Lanka can push a seam through faster, But the old tailor will make sure that the seam does not pucker.
I guess the whole question turns on whether it is hand-sewing by young people or machine-operation by young people. In the case of hand-sewing, isn't one of the plus points of a hand-sewn garment that it has that "human touch"? If someone is so accurate and precise in their sewing that the work looks as if it were produced by a machine, such an aesthetic appeal is undermined. If I buy a suit with some nice topstitching done by hand, I expect each stitch to be ever-so-slightly different. In short: shaky hands = variation in stiches = more obviously hand-sewn = good. (I'm not advocating this view, just trying to report on what seems like a common intuition)
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The last two seamstresses who left my employ were 79 years old and 97 years old. The 79 year old began picking cotton at the age of five. On weekends she ironed some of the 400 shirts her mother laundered each week for the gentlemen of Columbia, S.C. During the 1940's, she trained at Sulka to be a collar-maker. She came to me in the late 1970's. The 97 year old began sewing in Cuba at the age of 5 or 6. She fled to the U.S. the year Castro came to power and was hired by my predecessor. Both women came to work on time every day for the 25 years they worked for me. They did not call in sick one time in those 25 years, although the 79 year old one did take 2 days off to travel to South Carolina for her mother's funeral. I still have at least 50 of the shirts they sewed They are worn regularly and are just as good as when they were new ... a bit of fraying aside on some. Absolutely no seamstress or seamster with less than 20 years of experience has ever sewed my custom shirts. They just don't have enough experience to be good enough. The article you cited is an absolute crock.
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The last two seamstresses who left my employ were 79 years old and 97 years old.
Aren't we a slave driver?
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(Alexander Kabbaz @ June 10 2005,08:06) The last two seamstresses who left my employ were 79 years old and 97 years old.
Aren't we a slave driver?
post #11 of 11
Don't you think the article is speaking towards speed; aka piecework? From a pure manufacturing process standpoint the younger workers can sew more pieces in less time. We won't go into quality.
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