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What is the reason for sewing pants pockets shut?

Asked by chyna (46153points) February 1st, 2016

I have bought dress pants over the years and some of them come with the pockets sewn shut. Why is this?

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David_Achilles's avatar

If they are real pockets and not fakes, they are sewn shut to keep the shape pristine before wearing. Once sold you should snip the stitches and use the pockets! Similarly a tack is made at the bottom of coat and jacket vents which looks like a little X. Sometimes I see people who have left the tack in whilst wearing it. It’s meant to be removed before wearing.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I agree with @David_Achilles. It depends on whether they’re real or fake pockets.

I figure if you’re going to put a fake pocket in, why not make it a real one! I like pockets. I hate sticking my tissues in my bra (I don’t need the padding), because its the only place I have to store them!

David_Achilles's avatar

Lol, Earthbound_Misfit , if the pockets are fake they aren’t even functional so you have no choice but to leave them closed! They have to be closed. Making a “real” pocket costs more money, more labor, more fabric. Sometimes I even leave my “real” pockets sewn closed so that they don’t lose their shape. Believe it or not! But then, I am just a wee bit crazy. Please don’t take that against me.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

@David_Achilles, that’s what I mean. Why put fake pockets on a garment? If there’s room for a pocket, let’s make them real. I’m guessing as a man, you have a number of pocket options. In contrast, women might wear a dress with fake pockets and have nowhere to put their hanky. I just think if a garment has a pocket option, it should be real.

All good @David_Achilles. We all have individual pocket preferences. I really just want one with each outfit.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I’ve bought suits with jacket pockets on side and front sewn shut, and both rear pockets also on the pants.

Judi's avatar

I think it’s so people don’t stretch them out trying them on. I could be wrong though

Inspired_2write's avatar

To look slimmer when wearing the garment.

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