Originally Posted by dirnelli
The opposition between handmade and machine made is articifial, it's like saying that a novel written on a computer is not as worthy as one written with a goose quill.
It's a romantic notion. There are places on a garment where the hand is trying to emulate the consistency of a machine.
Equally, there are places on a garment where significant sums have been spent to develop machines that can execute a stitch with the characteristics previously only available by hand-sewing. Not better or worse, just a economy of scale which may lead to a more affordable garment.
What is left between the two is an aesthetic preference, as you yourself acknowledge by adding hand-seen buttonieres. As someone else once said, "imperfection is perfection".