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  • michaelchu commented on 6ftFit's instructable DIY Competition Suit5 months ago
    DIY Competition Suit

    There seem to be a LOT of mis-information out there. These are just some basic information to provide facts.1. A fully loaded suit using average top size of C and Small bottom will be between 1200-2000 crystals (size ss20 and ss16, just material cost alone is more than $200 and that is in wholesale). Plus typical labor of 4-6 hours straight to complete the crystal work.2. Only 2 companies make real Austrian crystals (Swarovski and Preciosa), yes there is quite a bit of difference between real crystal and knockoffs. Real crystals are sold in packs of 1 or 10 Gross (144, 1440 pcs) and they NEVER come in little plastic bags without the companies hologram insignia) 3. A fully loaded crystal bikini can cost up to $700 and $1000 for a figure suit but anything higher than that would be a compa...see more »There seem to be a LOT of mis-information out there. These are just some basic information to provide facts.1. A fully loaded suit using average top size of C and Small bottom will be between 1200-2000 crystals (size ss20 and ss16, just material cost alone is more than $200 and that is in wholesale). Plus typical labor of 4-6 hours straight to complete the crystal work.2. Only 2 companies make real Austrian crystals (Swarovski and Preciosa), yes there is quite a bit of difference between real crystal and knockoffs. Real crystals are sold in packs of 1 or 10 Gross (144, 1440 pcs) and they NEVER come in little plastic bags without the companies hologram insignia) 3. A fully loaded crystal bikini can cost up to $700 and $1000 for a figure suit but anything higher than that would be a company trying to rip you off. If a company charges you anything less than $400 for a fully loaded bikini you are guaranteed to receive a suit made from knockoff crystals. (knockoffs cost as little as $20 for the whole suit)4. Proper stitch work and craftsmanship on the suit. Bikinis and figure suits are designed to fit and stand up to repeated stretching without breaking and relaxing. As such, any good suit manufacturer employs duel cover stitch to complete the suit (the stitch will appear to be 2 high density straight lines with a criss cross ladder stitch on the revers side. Take a look at any bikini been sold in retail stores and you can very easily see the difference, there is no reason why your $500 bikini should have cheaper stitch than a $20 suit from Walmart. The suit pictured here (many thanks for the close up photos) uses a very typical zig-zag stitch (not even a high density one at that), the result is a suit that does not stretch evenly and prone to stitch snapping. Check out www.waterbabiesbikini.com to see the differenceHopefully this will help someone from making a potentially very expensive mistake.

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