Why Some Pockets on Your Jackets Are Sewn Shut (and How to Tell If You Should Cut Them Open)

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As any woman can attest, decorative pockets that don't actually open are among the apparel industry's most frustrating practices. Sometimes, though, they turn out to be "real" pockets that have simply been sewn shut.

In other words, some pockets can be liberated with the help of a seam ripper, while others would only put a hole in your clothing if you tried to remove the thread. To help you tell the difference and prevent any damage to your clothing, Business Insider created a video using suit jackets and dress slacks as an example.

As Business Insider explains, suit jacket manufacturers sometimes sew the pockets shut to keep them looking fresh and tailored. When customers try on a jacket and put their hands inside the pockets, it can stretch out the fabric and make it look rumpled. And no one wants to buy a frumpy-looking suit.

To figure out what you're working with, take a look at the stitching along the edge where the pocket would open up. If it's held in place with a single, loose thread, snip a piece of it and pull gently. On real pockets, that thread will come out easily. If the stitching is more resistant, you probably have a faux pocket on your hands—and in that case, you should just leave it be.

A few other stitches on suit jackets and coats aren't needed, and you may want to remove them depending on your personal tastes. Dotted lines of stitching along the shoulders once served a specific tailoring function, but nowadays, they merely distract from the suit. You'll also sometimes see brand labels stitched onto a cuff or stitches in the shape of an "X" on the back of a blazer. Those can—and should—be removed, according to GQ.

[h/t Business Insider]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

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Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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