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Tam Dl
Dec 14, 2020
I would love to see the hybrid coat making. For perspective though for those still on the road, and before the first turn... I did the whole hand work thing in fly tying through which I made money as a kid, and later an apprenticeship in woodworking where I spent an eternity on my knees sharpening my first set of tools, literally a year or more. That was 40 years ago. I also have hand skills in many other activities, too numerous to mentions. As FK says, hand work is production. But the romance of hand work can just be a clever way to avoid learning other techniques. One is not a more accomplished craftsperson by being less accomplished. If you think threading a needle is difficult, try all the things you have to learn to select, buy, get set up, often fix, the many kinds of sewing machines that can be useful, just to get to the same point of departure you reached when you threaded that Sharp. And then take an outing on an old style clutch motor machine and see how that feels. People today are so lucky to have variable speed servo motors. If one does sell one's work one may want to speak honestly to customers. My dad had tailored suits from Belfast, and I had shorts suits from the same tailor. My dad's suits lasted for a very long time because there was central heating, and the fabric was very heavy compared to what we have today. Today the fabric seems to let go, before the sewing, so the fact there are stronger ways to make a seam seams less important today that maybe it was at one time. Does the crotch really need to be sewn by hand. I don't know, but I would like to know what the truth is.
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