Today I answer the question of “Why do pockets come sewn shut?”
This is a great question. There is something satisfying to rip open the pockets of a new coat or pair of slacks. But the reason they are sewn shut is not purely for your tactile interests.
The main reason that pockets are sewn shut is so that the garment doesn’t lose its shape. Most clothing is made internationally these days. The cheap labor overseas makes clothing production cheaper, but it means clothing must travel long distances, in cramped conditions.
To find out where your clothing was made, just check out the tag. For more information on your clothing tag, visit the Federal Trade Commission.
Much of the clothing comes in shipping containers on boats. These containers may not be climate controlled, so the clothing may get creased during travel.
Once the clothing arrives at the port, it is often taken to warehouses where it is put on hangers and then steam pressed to remove the creases. This gives the item a finish that makes it have that never-been-worn look.
On blazers and jackets, the rear vents may also be sewn shut for the same reason.
Once you purchase the garment, you can decide about removing the stitching.