Yes, there is the whole 'bespoke' or 'couture' mystique. I have removed the sweat bands from many a hat and resewn in the sweat and the process of tearing out the old did not seem to distress or weaken the felt in any way and some of them were crappy old beat up westerns. It would be an interesting discussion. I took heart in reading his post that it took him an hour to complete. I am down to about 75 minutes for both the baste and the final sew so I am perhaps not as clumsy as I think i am. And lately I am not drawing much blood from my fingers either!