Handmade in the USA
According to Google handmade is “Made by hand, not by machine, and typically therefore of superior quality” I am inclined to believe this to be true. There are a lot of places claiming their products to be handmade. Yet these same companies employ the use of things such things as sewing machines and other things to automate and speed up their process. When most of these companies opened up shop they made the claim that their products were handmade, in fact they made these statements quite proudly and probably used it in their marketing extensively. Odds are it was done so to imply that their products were of great quality and great pains were taken to be so. It is believed by most in fact that handmade goods are superior in quality, and most like knowing somebody put a little piece of themselves in what they made. So what happened, what changed? I cannot comment on others motives I can only speculate. I believe they probably got a taste of money, they became lazy, or they allowed their demand to out do what they were able to produce. Is any of the above a bad thing? No not at all, all except being lazy of course but to each his own. The part I take issue with is these same companies are still claiming their products are handmade. You might be asking why does this guy give two shits, aren’t we kinda being nitpicky? At the beginning of this I outlined the definition of the word handmade and the likely reason why people make things by hand and that is exactly why I care. Wouldn’t I be able to produce more products if I used some machines in my process? Of course I could but I would rather produce less and be able to guarantee the quality of my products and take responsibility for every last piece down to the finest of details. I am currently responsible for each and every last stitch that is put into my products. I am responsible for every cut that is tooled, and every drop of dye that is applied. If a stitch fails, isn’t straight, or some dye comes off I’m who’s to blame, not an employee nor machine. I currently have a waiting list of three months or more depending on the time of year (Christmas is a bitch). I would rather turn away a customer because of the wait time then to rush something and possibly produce an inferior product. Everything I make is lifetime guaranteed by me. Because of the type of person I am I cannot risk a product failure due to machine, or employee error. That falls on me, and failure is a good thing, it only helps make the things I make better. Now for my other issue, MADE IN THE USA. The completely is a pet peeve of mine and yes I am being nitpicky on this one, for this one I am a stickler. For most simply making their product in the USA is enough for them to label their goods as MADE IN THE USA. That’s not gonna fly with me. MADE IN THE USA means to me that not only was the product made in the USA, but the tools and everything else that touches it is was made here as well. Sure when I first started making products were all of my tools MADE IN THE USA, no. Payday by payday, month by month everything was slowly replaced by American made goods. To this day from time to time I have to use something that isn’t made here. I can tell you this much though, if something that touches it wasn’t produced in America you won’t find the American flag anywhere on that product. The above are just my views on things. I am not implying nor am I saying that anyone else’s products are inferior to mine. What I am saying is be true to yourself. If you use machines to make your goods embrace it. All in all I guess it’s your lie, tell it how you want!