There’s a perfectly good reason for this…

9-element Shigeuchi layout

…and here it is:

Baby's First Sageo

The top one is mine, the bottom one is commercially made. Their thread is shinier and their stitches are tighter, making mine seem wider in comparison (they’re actually quite close, both just about half an inch wide), but I’ve got over 450 colors to play with, not counting variegated, metallic, and satin floss, which bring the total to 560. And enough floss to make a 2.2-meter sageo costs about $11.