What is Fit-stitch?

A Fit-stitched Kendo Bogu, is a machine-stitched Bogu which uses a special stitching method called “fit-stitch” or also commonly called “Nagazashi” in Japanese, that allows the Futon of the Bogu to become more soft and supple, similar to that of a hand-stitched Bogu.

fit-stitch explaination

By making the stitches of the sewing machine longer, the Futon get’s less compressed when being sewn, as a result the Futon of the Bogu becomes softer and more flexible thanks to the “fit-stitch” sewing method.

fit-stitch flexiblemen

Another great advantage is that a fit-stitched Bogu is more supple and keeps the shape of the Futon much better than a normal machine-stitched Bogu, which means that the Men, Kote and Tare forms better to the body, making them very comfortable.

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Also, since the Futon is less compressed by the stitches made into the Futon, the Futon slightly thicker and offers better protection compared to a regular machine-stitched Bogu with the same quality.

fit-stitch suppletare

fit-stitch flexible tare

Because the Bogu is sewn using a sewing machine, the price of a Fit-stitched Bogu is a lot lower than any hand-stitched Bogu, making them much more affordable for beginners and intermediate Kendoka. They also offer better protection that the regular-style machine-stitched Bogu, and are more soft and flexible, making them more comfortable.

Because of this, the Fit-stitched Bogu has become one of the main styles of Bogu that are used by Kendoka nowadays.