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  • Avatar Kamban 
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    Fatlittlepig is way too old to care about what I am wearing or care about what people think about what I’m wearing. I’m not a wasteful person but if a button falls off I’m probably more likely to toss the item then try and repair it.

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    You know what is the hardest part of sewing a button? Putting that  thread through the eye of the needle. Not that much difficult than getting a camel through, but close.

    If you have the eyesight and can do it, the rest is easy peasy. I have been doing that since my teens and it takes less than 5 mins. Usually I check all the buttons of that shirt when I sew a fallen one so that other loose ones are also strengthened and everything is done in one shot.

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    Avatar Tim 
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    The pin pricks on my index finger usually don’t even need a band aid!

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     I have been doing that since my teens and it takes less than 5 mins.

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    I think that’s key… if it’s a habit you acquired when young, it is no big deal at all (like many other tedious jobs in life). If you grew up in India, it was the way to go, that’s what everyone did. The buttons, after all, were the weakest link in an apparel. And it has stood you in good stead all your life.

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    Avatar Kamban 
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    Because something is made in Germany doesn’t make it a high quality or well designed item. Because something is made in China doesn’t make it a low quality item.

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    In my experience machined goods made in Germany are well constructed and likely to last a long time with routine maintenance. Goods made in China are more iffy and can break down unexpectedly. Obviously there are exceptions to this rule.

    When I was looking for a chainsaw about 10 years ago I had the option of a Chinese made Husquana or a German made Stihl which cost $50 more. I choose the latter and it is still going strong today. Same with my leaf blower and other German made products. I would rather pay a bit more and buy well made products.

    YMMV

     

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    Past performance is no guarantee of future…..

    A ton off assumptions and let’s face it, the world is changing. Global manufacturing has changed in the past 20 years. I agree, quality is an important criteria.

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    fatlittlepig fatlittlepig 
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    Because something is made in Germany doesn’t make it a high quality or well designed item. Because something is made in China doesn’t make it a low quality item. 

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    In my experience machined goods made in Germany are well constructed and likely to last a long time with routine maintenance. Goods made in China are more iffy and can break down unexpectedly. Obviously there are exceptions to this rule.

    When I was looking for a chainsaw about 10 years ago I had the option of a Chinese made Husquana or a German made Stihl which cost $50 more. I choose the latter and it is still going strong today. Same with my leaf blower and other German made products. I would rather pay a bit more and buy well made products.

    YMMV

     

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    The phone you are reading this on was made in China, it could not have been manufactured in the US or in Germany (not just because of labor costs) but due to lack of access to high tech engineering and parts in this country. Of course there are low quality items made in China, but you can’t generalize and paint with such a broad brush.

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    Lordosis Lordosis 
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    Fatlittlepig is way too old to care about what I am wearing or care about what people think about what I’m wearing. I’m not a wasteful person but if a button falls off I’m probably more likely to toss the item then try and repair it. 

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    You know what is the hardest part of sewing a button? Putting that  thread through the eye of the needle. Not that much difficult than getting a camel through, but close.

    If you have the eyesight and can do it, the rest is easy peasy. I have been doing that since my teens and it takes less than 5 mins. Usually I check all the buttons of that shirt when I sew a fallen one so that other loose ones are also strengthened and everything is done in one shot.

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    Just use one of these.

    https://www.sailrite.com/Needle-Threader?gclid=CjwKCAjwscDpBRBnEiwAnQ0HQJsomoI5GxSNI7dEEesdvLzwn4VoqdVw1h0VR-r4y8yPuuwWd7jeVhoC5rUQAvD_BwE

     

    I always fix my own stuff.  If it is something I like I will fix a button or small hole.  If it is something I am indifferent towards or have too much of I toss it.

    Right now the shirt I am wearing has a button that I fixed and the pocket corner came loose and I had to shore that up with a few stitches.

    “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.”

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    fatlittlepig fatlittlepig 
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    Good thing T-shirt’s don’t have buttons because that’s pretty much all Fatlittlepig wears outside of work.

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    Avatar Kamban 
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    The phone you are reading this on was made in China, it could not have been manufactured in the US or in Germany (not just because of labor costs) but due to lack of access to high tech engineering and parts in this country.

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    For electronics we might have no choice now.

    But for things like tools and machined items, German engineering still rules. It is expensive but you pay for quality.

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    Avatar wideopenspaces 
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    I had this exact discussion with my wife last week. My cargo shorts are now twenty years old. No holes. My wife wants me to get new shorts. Im like, why? So many pockets! Yes ! If I get new skinny shorts I might need a fanny pack/bum bag. No bueno.

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    If it helps, fanny packs are back in style!

    Although I admit I’d rather my husband wear his stupid cargo shorts than a fanny pack.

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    Lordosis Lordosis 
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    If it helps, fanny packs are back in style!

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    Says who!?!?!

    “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.”

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    hatton1 hatton1 
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    I have several Patagonia jackets that I bought > 20 years ago.  I have sent one in for a repair.  I have lots of tools that I inherited from my Dad.  I have a couple of nice dresses from the 50s that belonged to my Mom. I actually interviewed for Med school in one of them.  They do not make clothes like that now.  I love antique furniture also.  I think an appreciation for vintage clothes and antique furniture is recycling and re-purposing.  You can really get creative repurposing antiques.

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    Avatar wideopenspaces 
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    If it helps, fanny packs are back in style! 

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    Says who!?!?!

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    They’re called belt bags but all the major fashion brands sell them now- you can spend over 1k on a Gucci fanny pack! Plus they’re at fast fashion places like forever 21. Look around next time you’re out, I promise you will see teens wearing fanny packs.

     

    https://m.shop.nordstrom.com/c/belt-bags?sort=Boosted&storeAvailability=73&brand=1026

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    Avatar burritos 
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    My cargo shorts are now twenty years old. 

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    My wife does not care that my shorts are old.  She just makes fun of me for continuing to wear cargo shorts.

     

    Image result for cargo shorts meme

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    How’d you post that picture?

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    q-school q-school 
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    If it helps, fanny packs are back in style! 

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    Says who!?!?!

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    They’re called belt bags but all the major fashion brands sell them now- you can spend over 1k on a Gucci fanny pack! Plus they’re at fast fashion places like forever 21. Look around next time you’re out, I promise you will see teens wearing fanny packs.

     

    https://m.shop.nordstrom.com/c/belt-bags?sort=Boosted&storeAvailability=73&brand=1026

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    i knew it!  i’m fashion forward.

     

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