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4: Am I buying a hand-sewn kilt or a machine made kilt?

This is another question that is difficult to get an answer to when you are researching kilt makers. First of all, let us set the record straight. If you have decided to purchase a traditional kilt, then you want the kilt hand-sewn. Period! If it is not hand-sewn, it is not traditional. Kilt makers know this, which is why they advertise this fact. Here is the challenge though. It is navigating through the different ways of saying or not saying what exactly they do. A kilt maker can save between 10 and 15 hours on a kilt if made by machine (which many do). They market them as hand-something or other to give you the impression of hand-sewn. One could state their case that since they used their hands to push the fabric through the machine that it must be hand-made. So, you need to ask the kilt maker the following:

  • Is the kilt hand-stitched?
  • Is the kilt custom made or a stock item?

Our Response:

MacIsaac Kiltmakers are proud to clearly say the following:

  • Our kilts are all hand-stitched.
  • Our kilts are all custom-made.