What is pick stitching?

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by Audi S5 TC, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. Audi S5 TC

    Audi S5 TC Advanced Member

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    New York
    I have seen this on a few websites and in the Hickey Freeman MTM guides but have no idea as to what it is.
  2. jamgood

    jamgood Advanced Member

    A hand held needle&thread sewn in-and-out of cloth leaving an alternating thread,cloth,thread,cloth, area. Usually found on a lapel edge as well as other areas of a better quality suit coat. See below:

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    Sometimes there is just a hint of thread on the top side of the stitch:


    With a longer length of thread on the underside of the stitch:


    It can also be faked with a machine that shows a straight line on the top side (see above) and a loop stitch underneath, similar to these symbols turned sideways:


    I hope this helps rather than confuses. [:eek:)]

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  3. Chuck Franke

    Chuck Franke Advanced Member

    Handpick stitching on a lapel - RL purple label by Chester Barrie


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  4. a tailor

    a tailor Honors Member

    on better quality garments the edge stitch is almost invisible. or it can be a large bold stitch called a saddle stitch. the stitch keeps the edge firm. as a plain [bluffed] edge tends to puff up with time.

    Alex Di Pietropaolo
  5. k.diddy

    k.diddy New Member

    Carlo or anyone else, do you have pics of "best", "good", and "bad" pick stitching? Where in the spectrum would the RLPL Chester Barrie stand? How does it compare to Brioni's, Borrelli's, Kiton's, or Oxxford's?
  6. Chuck Franke

    Chuck Franke Advanced Member


    Well, they are different. The one I show there is what I believe my esteemed friend Alex is talking about when he says nearly invisible. You can tell it was done by hand but it does not jump up and shout LOOK AT ME! I AM HANDWORK!!!! For the past few years the pronounced pickstitching - the saddle stitch Alex refers to has been a hot trend so some makers use a machine to make a very exaggerated one. Problem is, one of those threads breaks and it throws everything off. I've practiced it a bit because... well because I am a geek and have no life I suppose but it is tricky to do it in such a way as to keep even tension on the thread so you don't get it all puckered. Will look for an example of bad :) (but not in my closet)

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  7. bespokeonly

    bespokeonly New Member

    From my observation, Savile Row suits have less visible pick-stitching (seen as "dots") while Neapolitan and some other Italian suits' are relatively more visible. You can even see slightly puckered edges on some Kiton, Borrelli (some, not all). The thread being used usually have the same color as the suit so you can't see the thread. Brioni's pick-stitching is more like the Chester Barrie pic that Carlo posted above.

    The exaggerated pick-stitching along with the puckered shoulderhead are resented by many tailors outside Italy.

    Example of bad: I've seen Dunhill and Boss doing the machine stitched imitation.
  8. pkhunter

    pkhunter New Member

    Sorry to rejuvenate an old old thread. Better than starting a new one I think.

    I recently came across the "dots" pick stitching. My tailor tells me this needs heavier thread and is usually the preferred stitching of his clientele.

    I prefer the classic Italian that appears as "small lines" threaded along the edge. My tailor tells me this needs lighter thread and is less desirable.

    Any tips on which I should go for? I prefer the look of the classic Italian suits so am leaning towards the small lines as seen on Isaia, Zegna, Canali, etc.

    It's a single breasted peak lapel suit.

  9. Broadus

    Broadus Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    On the lower end, Jos A. Bank Signature Gold suits have pick stitching on the front, including the lapels. It is quite noticeable and probably done by machine. On such a coat, the stitching in my view seems affected, a pretentious attempt to elevate a modest suit to another level. This is my perspective only. Even worse, IMO, is the placing of faux working cuffs on a coat sleeve. That's another issue, but it automatically loses the sale to me.

    I would rather pick stitching be reserved for tailor-made suits.
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2011
  10. StephenRG

    StephenRG Honors Member

    United States
    New York
    Pick-stitching: a form of machine sewing intended to give the impression that a lapel was sewn by hand.

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