Jeffrey Diduch says the new machines that do special stitches are much better, but they also cost a fortune. For example, the seat seam, the new machine is better than hand sewn, so he says. What values? What about other seams. The left fly has a row of stitches about 1 1/4 inch from front edge. When hand sewn it has a softness, which is comfortable, that the new machines can do? Strength and softness are two different values. The newest padding machines do a fine job, and great for the manufacturers. But, can they do curved rows of stitches? What about a long row then a couple of short rows? This would change the direction of the rows. No doubt they will have machines that will do this to In the future. Anyway, the machines don't do all the values yet. The quality is going up and the price for the consumer isn't. If you want values the machines can't do yet, then you have to find someone who can for the higher price. Some of this stuff, what customer would know? Tailors as individuals don't know it all either.