But yes. When you go into a store - H&M, F21, Macy's, Bergdorf's -- every piece of clothing you see was assembled by a person.
An overwhelming majority of clothing manufacturing is done on industrial sewing machines operated by sewers.
I'd say if you think about anything, consider how you feel about paying $5-$10 for a shirt made by a human.
You don't learn how to do that from a first-day orientation video, that's for sure.
If you buy something specifically made in the U.S., you can be relatively sure that the person who made it got a decent wage...
but the price point will be higher than others, and not everyone can afford to shop in that range.
But you have utterly NO way of knowing whether the working conditions are great or abyssmal.
(Contrary to common thought, making your own clothes is NOT cheaper. It's often way more expensive.)
She thought it would a "great activity" where her friends would come over and all help make her gown the day before her ceremony. Chile...
And for a school curriculum, it might be cool to look closer and examine the manufacturing strengths/advantages of each country.
I'm sure you mean well, @haskinstheodore, but the answer here is NO.
Which you'd realize had you continued to read the thread.
Thread count refers to the number of yarns per sq inch of fabric, i.e. how tightly it's woven. But yes, a person is responsible for running the weaving loom, installing the elastics and sewing the edges of your sheets.
(Hell, this is not even sarcasm. 😂)
There's a very cool company called Shima Seiki that's a partnering with my university. They've been working on a program that knits whole garments via machine. But still... working from yarns rather than yardage.
Also, knits don't make up the whole market.
Because machines can't cut and sew.
b) T-shirts aren't complicated garments.
c) This machine cannot address the sheer size, variety and production load of the garment industry as a whole.
There's *one* 2017 piece in Apparel News about automated machines. They have yet to pan out.
I think folks are willfully underestimating the amount of skill required to manufacture apparel.
- install a zipper fly
- sew a vent into a lined skirt
- cut out the components of three-part cup bra
- sew in an invisible zipper
- finish silk chiffon with a french seam.
Everyone who wants to argue keeps linking to a machine that can only do t-shirts (and *maybe* jeans?). The breadth of wardrobe for human needs spans galaxies beyond those two basics.
Take a look at this and consider the question at the end.