Signs of low quality clothing

Everyone should be able to check an item of clothing and verify if it is of good quality or not. Whether it is a t-shirt, a pair of denim jeans or more expensive dresses or suits, it isn’t very difficult to look out for low quality clothing.

So, what are the signs of low quality clothing?

If you follow the steps below, you can generally get an idea of the quality of clothing on whether it’s good or if it’s bad.

Check the seams of the clothing item

A seam is the line where two pieces of fabric are sewn together, and they are a good indicator of the quality of clothing. You can check the seams by:

  • Looking inside the clothing item and examining the seams.
  • Pulling the seams gently and If light comes through, that seam is poorly finished. 
  • Look out for French seams or flat fell seams. A flat felled seam shows stitching on the right side such as in denim jeans, while a French seam does not and it is often used in high-end clothing items. 
  • Good quality clothing will have a seam allowance, while poor quality clothes do not.

Check the stitching of the clothing item

  • Are the stitches straight? If they are not, then the clothing item is poorly manufactured.
  • If there are loose threads all over the place, it isn’t a good sign.

Look at the buttonholes

  • Most buttons will be machine-stitched on a clothing item, however, they should not be a straight slit but rather sewn in adjacent to the buttonhole.. 

The zippers

  • The zippers on the clothing item should be invisible unless it is style to have them exposed, and they should not be outlined by obvious stitching.

The linings

A good quality item will be lined with silk or cupro, whereas poor quality clothing is lined with rayon/polyester or a blend. This is for skirts and jackets, but some items are not lined such as stretch or ponte clothes.

Using the touch test to certify fabric quality

Being able to touch an item of clothing can give you a good indication of its quality. 

  • The clothing item shouldn’t feel fragile to touch.
  • Pull the fabric to see if it retains its shape, if it doesn’t it isn’t a good sign.
  • You can scrunch up a section of the clothing item and if it wrinkles easily, it won’t last long.
  • For cotton based clothing, you should stick your hand in it to see if you can see your hand; if you can, it is poor quality cotton.

Not all clothing items made from man-made fibres are poor quality, and the same applies to natural fibres. You can visit a high-end clothing store and touch their fabrics, and compare it to a low cost clothing store, the difference between them will be evident.

What we have outlined above is just the start, but it can go a long way in confirming the quality of clothing when you are out shopping.

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