I know this sounds like a broken record, but here I am again with the foreign manufacturing. There’s been a few articles lately about how manufacturers want to bring back the garment assembly back to the US, but can’t, because they can’t find anyone who sews.
This is a pretty striking graphic that can get your attention really fast.
But aside from the humanity of this, which is not to discount it in any way, my cause here is to get a more reasonable price for well-made clothing. I have no doubt that this is probably the cheapest that this company can get this garment made, and that their profit is probably astronomical, and that’s how companies exist and survive, and I’m all for that.
But what I’m not for is selling a product at an artificially low price that really can not be maintained. In addition, it sets up a standard that has to be met by all other competitors thereby encouraging, nurturing and promoting more of the same (artificially low-price garments).
The truth is that these garments are artificially priced and that this can’t be maintained for long. Additionally these garments are not made from good fabric that lasts nor are the techniques and assembly methods used, create a garment that will last.
Why does that affect we sewists, because we are constantly asking ourselves, why sew something that I can buy for this cheap price? Whether it’s an artificial or short-lived price, is immaterial – it’s there now, and this is the mentality that a lot of sewists deal with. The real truth here is that your sewing, even at a most basic level, can not compare to the artificially-low-priced clothing. The truth is that the clothing you make is much better – – believe me it is. And being much better means that it lasts longer, you wear it more, you enjoy it more and it has more value. Because it has more value you’re not having to replace it every 2 to 6 weeks – because it lasts for 5 years or more.
Now if you already sew, this is fine. You’ll probably stick with it and make a few of your things. If you don’t know how to sew and you want to 1.) look more stylish (or at least stylish enough), 2.) dress at a low-cost and 3.)like to shop more often than you eat a meal, then you probably aren’t going to learn how to sew. If you don’t know how to sew and want to 1.) be more green, 2.) don’t want to support slave labor, 3.) want to save money or can’t afford to pay a lot for clothing and 4.) want something stylish and fashionable, you probably then you are in a pickle and it’s a quandary about how to get out.
If, however, a lot of this clothing manufacturing came back to the US where the pricing would be more in line with a more realistic cost of clothing, then a lot more people would come to sewing. You can meet all your goals of being more green, more humane, more stylish and more value because pragmatic prices point make this economically realistic.
Sounds like a lot of palooey doesn’t it. Well it’s not. The green and humane part is a given, but saving money?…..or being more stylish?…..doesn’t really sound right. But it is.
At least learning how to sew gives you enough knowledge of what your buying (or not buying) because you can examine the garment from a more educated point of view, and hopefully buy better. If you buy well-made clothes, then they are going to last and lasting means that they are much better value.
If you’ve never thought about sewing before or want to take up sewing, get some good instruction from the beginning. It’s key to learn the basic techniques correctly, and don’t try for the sewing-in-one-hour-or-less ploy – you’ll be re-learning all the lessons over again. And schedule a little time to practice and sew a few garments for yourself. With practice comes the knowledge and skills that can lead to the creation of some fine garments.
But even if you don’t want to sew for yourself, at least learn what it takes. That’s an education in itself.
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