Look for Quality

Quality Control??? Houston We Have A Problem!

***I've had many gals ask me over the last few months for tips on
distinguishing quality and well made garments from
those of a lower grade. I have to admit that I take this
information for granted. It is obvious to me what
makes a well made garment but I have
to remind myself that this is what I do for a living.
 It is my job to know.
Do I know the difference between a quality rebuilt 
catalytic converter in my muffler and a bad one???

For the most part it is easy to spot a poorly made
 garment a mile away. Loose threads and icky fabric are a sure
 sign but these days it can be tough to know if you are buying
a great piece of clothing or just a 
piece of junk wrapped
up in a fancy label with an 
expensive price tag.

This is part one in a series of posts helping you find
well made garments. I hope you will find it useful :) 
Part One:The Introduction to Quality:

It used to be that if you paid more for something you 
were pretty much guaranteed quality.  That is why you paid 
more, because you wanted it to last. In the good old days, 
not that long ago, people and 
companies made things to last b/c it was important to their 
reputation. A well made item was integral to the respectability,
name and longevity of the business. It didn't matter if you
 made cars or skipping ropes, people sought out quality products. 
Manufacturers and crafts people were acutely aware of this.

Talk about quality, my Mum has the same Kelvintator 
refrigerator for 46 years. 46 years! The only reason 
she is looking at getting a new one is b/c she is tired of 
defrosting the freezer by hand. Still runs like a charm. Imagine.

Unfortunately these days, it is almost completely reversed. 
Paying more doesn't guarantee you anything
 other than.... you paid more. 
Many big companies build things with an intentional 
shelf life. They want them to break or wear out quickly 
so you will go and by another one. Their whole business
 model is based on selling us junk hoping we return to buy more.

BTW-->There is a term for it and it is called Planned Obsolescence.
Planned obsolescence is a business strategy in which the 
obsolescence (the process of becoming obsolete—that is,
 unfashionable or no longer usable) of a product is planned 
and built into it from its conception. This is done so that
 in future the consumer feels a need to purchase new products
and services that the manufacturer brings out as replacements
 for the old ones. This is why it is good to be an
 informed consumer...like you :)

Anyhow...let's get back on track. A major problem is that
most of our garments are made in massive production. 
You would be amazed how automated a lot of these things are. 
( To see an automated machine sew on a pocket click here.
What is amazing about this is, they
can do in 10 seconds takes me 10 minutes!!).

Poorly made buttons, zippers, thread, fabric etc. contribute
 to a poorly made garment. 

Quality control varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. 
Unfortunately there are many labels/stores that don't really 
intend on you wearing those pants for the next 10 years.
 They want you to buy 10 or 12 more pairs in that time. 
They aren't built to last and they know
 that things will wear out fast. 

Some companies however DO take the time to make sure
they are producing a well made garment. The key is to know 
what to look for so you can find and buy from those companies, 
designers and crafts people etc. when you want quality.

We have all purchased inexpensive clothing and known very well
that we will only get a few wears out of it.
No big deal when you feel informed.
The kick in the pants ( no punn intended) is that you feel 
cheated when you pay more and then the garment didn't 
meet your expectations.

The purpose of this little symposium is to help you understand what 
makes a quality garment in particular. Specifics that will help you decide
if it will be a good purchase for you or not. You can find good quality
garments in all kinds of shops you just need 
a few tips on what to look for.

In the next post we will talk about one everyone's top complaint: 
Buttons and why they fall off. 
Exciting stuff!! ;)

Have a great afternoon Pussycats!
Luv Weezi xo