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That loose contrasting-coloured thread in some RTW shoulder seams

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ceaton, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. ceaton

    ceaton Senior member

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    Always wondered... what is this? What is it there for? Should I stop fiddling with it? :p
     


  2. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    Remove it and you trigger the apocalypse.

    Actually, it does nothing practical for the jacket & you should remove it. It's there simply to make the suit look more high-end ("tailor-y")and so help the jacket's branding and so achieve a higher price at retail.
     


  3. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    Umm, assuming you own the jacket, you're suppose to remove it before wearing the jacket out in public.
     


  4. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    Always wondered... what is this? What is it there for? Should I stop fiddling with it? :p

    It's basting thread. It should be removed before wearing, same as the sleeve label and thread holding the pockets closed.
     


  5. ceaton

    ceaton Senior member

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    Thanks, Gents. Of course I've always removed it, I've just been secretly afraid that a jacket will fall apart one of these days as a result.
     


  6. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    No you are not supposed to remove it. How else will you be able to resell it as bnwt?
     


  7. Journeyman

    Journeyman Senior member

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    No you are not supposed to remove it. How else will you be able to resell it as bnwt?

    I thought that rule only applied if your name was Brian?! [​IMG]
     


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    laphroaig Senior member

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    I was told by a sales person that it's meant to indicate the jacket has some handwork... because the thread can't be added by machine.
     


  9. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    I was told by a sales person that it's meant to indicate the jacket has some handwork... because the thread can't be added by machine.

    I wonder if they can sew an entire suit by machine, then stitch a single piece of basting thread by hand, then advertise the suit as having 'hand-work' [​IMG]
     


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