I know a lot of ladies have been very worried about the threading on their Muse coming apart. Questions of whether or not it's worth it to purchase the Muse have arisen. I myself have grappled with the "Should I" question before finally breaking down getting a large chocolate Muse. And I am so glad I did! How did I reconcile the whole "threading" issue? I thought to myself -- ALL designer bags have character flaws! And the fans of those brands seem to have no problem purchasing the bags. Just to list a few: 1) Louis Vuitton: The leather patinas. Sure, it looks pretty at some points during it's "honey" stages but there can be some problems. For instance you get the unsightly "dark dirty" handles . Eventually the patina gets to the point where the leather just looks black and dirty. Knowing this I still bought an LV Speedy (the bag with the highest chance of getting darkened handles). 2) Balenciaga: The tassles split. Yup, they split right in half. Balenciaga even anticipates this happening by providing another set of tassles to replace yours once they split and get "white spots". Eventually you'll have to shell out money to buy even more tassles. Knowing this I still purchased a Black First Bbag. 3) Dior : The dye of the saddle bag actually transfers from the bag to your jeans. So not only does the bag suffer but so do your jeans! 4) Chloe: The paddington locks chip. Yup, the brass coating on the padlocks chips off to reveal a white brass underneath. The Edith has some "threading" issues. Knowing this I still bought both of them! These are the only four brands I personally have experience with so I can't say if Chanel, Prada, etc. have any character flaws. But the point is, every bag has flaws (except for maybe Hermes....) and we all still love them! They are handbags. They are being handled. For me, when my Edith/paddington/bbag experiences problems I shell out the small amount of money to get them fixed. And I'll do the same for the Muse!