I have heard several people say that recently purchased hakama's from Iwata aren't stiched as nice as their older ones. It is a shame if that is the case.
FWIW, My first Iwata is from Dec 2005. That was my first hakama and turned out to have bought a size too small, so early 2007 I got the Tozando, and the second Iwata probably in 2008. Nowadays, I mostly use that second Iwata for aikido, unless it's hanging out to dry after washing (or waiting for restitching
), then I use the Tozando. I also still use the first Iwata, but for Iaido.