Should You Cut Pocket Stitching On A New Suit Jacket? | Purpose of Tack Stitching Suits

What Is Tack Stitching Purpose And Importance
of Tack Stitching in Suit Jackets [0:00:00] Hi! I’m Antonio Centeno. I’m the founder of
Real Men Real Style. Today, I’m going to be answering a reader’s question. He reached
out to me and he’s asking about tack stitching, basically the stitching that holds pieces
of a new suit, or in some cases, a new shirt. Basically, whenever you buy clothing, why
does it have this extra stitching? Should I take this off? Should I remove it? Do I
need to leave it? I’m going to be answering that question. But before I get into that, make sure to subscribe
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much just in that free e-book, so go check it out. The question that came in is, “Antonio, I’ve
got a quick question. In regards to tack stitching on clothing, yesterday I’ve made my first
big purchase,” congratulations, “and I’ve bought a wonderful, three-quarter length Van
Gils top coat in a blue herringbone pattern,” and he’s gone into detail about this, but
here’s the question. There’s a single, long, but not loose stitch
across the notch of the lapel and he’s wondering does this need to come off. Basically, the
notches on his lapel are connected to the jacket. We’re often going to see this on pockets
as well, up here in the breast pocket. We’ll see this sewn together. On the back of a jacket,
we’ll see the vents often sewn together. And so, he goes into a little bit more detail,
but his question is, “Should I cut this out? Should I remove this?” Let me explain. The answer is yes, you need
to go ahead and remove that. If you ever see a gentleman walking around — especially young
men, sometimes they go off and they’ll buy a new suit, they’ll buy a new topcoat, they’ll
buy a new overcoat, and they won’t remove those items. Think of it as a tag. Go ahead
and you may pull them to the side and say, “You may want to remove that.” But some of them, it’s not as obvious. You
open up your pocket here or you try to open it up and there’s stitching in there and it
looks like it’s actually done pretty well. So should you just cut through that and have
it removed? If you’re ever in doubt, take it to a local tailor. He’ll help you out.
He’s not going to judge you and he’ll be able to fix it really quickly. But really, the
reasoning for that stitching being there, the reason that you’ve got the stitching on
the back of the vents and all that stuff is as clothing is moving through machinery, as
it’s being packaged, as it’s being thrown around, what they don’t want is for that
to get caught on something. So anything that can be slightly loose, whether
it’d be a lapel on a jacket, whether it’d be pockets on the lower part of the jacket
being shut, they do that to prevent damage to the clothing as it gets to you. Once it’s
with you though, you’ll remove it. I’ve seen guys actually wearing the actual — they’ve
got a tag right here. That will be removed. All of those items, all of that stitching
should be removed. Again, if you’re in doubt, go to your local
tailor. That’s one of the things I push with on my channel and in my community, is for
you guys to know the name of your local tailor because this is a trusted source. You can’t
send things to me — and I try to get to as many questions as I can, but you probably
have in your town or within a reasonable amount of distance a tailor who you can take this
to and who can solve these problems. Again, remove the tack stitching. One of the
ways that I use, you can get one of those — basically it’s a stitch remover, you can
buy that for a couple of bucks. I would be careful if you’re going to use an X-ACTO Knife
or something like that because those you can lose a little bit of control and you could
actually damage the clothing, but remove the stitching. Worst case, if you remove it and
you don’t like it, you feel it’s opening up too much, then you can take it to a tailor
and have him put it back in. All right. Take care, gentlemen, and I’ll
see you in the next video. If you’ve got questions, send them to me over at
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to as many people as possible and I appreciate your support. Take care. Bye-bye. [0:04:06] End of Audio