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Shirt Making Machines - For Small, Medium and Large Scale Production

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Learn about machines required for making shirts whether the shirt is made in a tailoring shop, or in a small size factory, or in a large-scale production plant. I have earlier written articles on the list of sewing machines used for making shirts and Types of machines used by a shirt-making factory. In this post, I will share a complete list of shirt making machines from fabric inspection machines to packing machines. If you are a beginner you might like to read the shirt manufacturing steps.

Shirt Making Machines
Fabric checking machines - This machine is used to check fabrics prior to cutting shirt components for fabric quality standards.

Cutting machines - To cut the shirt components cutting machines are used. Different types of fabric cutting machines are available like straight knife, band knife, and automatic cutting machine

Interlining fusing machine - For collar and cuff component fusing this machine is used.

Stitching machines (assembling machine) - for stitching shirt component…

7 Reasons One Should Convert the Assembly Line into an In-line Finishing

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I have seen factories switched over from bundle production system (assembly line) to one piece flow system. And now those factories further shifted their production system to an inline finishing with single piece production system. The success of this movement attracts many other garment manufacturers.

What would be the reasons for shifting garment production layout from traditional assembly line to inline finishing system? If you are still working in assembly system, you should think of how you can get better output from the existing resources.

In this post, I have listed top 7 reasons that may motivate one shifting their assembly line to the inline finishing production system.

In the inline finishing production system, the finishing activities are on the sewing line, finishing workstations are added after stitching section. The finished quantity is considered as day's line production, instead of the end of sewing line output. The cutting section normally kept on the separate fl…

Difference Between Poplin and Cambric

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In this post, we will discuss the difference between Poplin and Cambric fabrics in terms of their construction, end use, and more.

In Poplin, a high warp density is used compared to the weft. For example, fabric EPI and PPI are like 122x64, 136x72. Fabric with crosswise ribs that typically gives a corded surface.

Cambric is a square structure fabric. Like the construction of 60x60, 76x76. Finer yarns are used in cambric compared to Poplin. Lightweight but very dense fabric, shiny surface on one side.

Definition of Poplin and Cambric fabric:Poplin, a strong fabric produced by the rib variation of the plain weave and characterized by fine, closely spaced, crosswise ribs. It is made with heavier filling yarns and a greater number of warp yarns and is similar to broadcloth, which has even finer, more closely spaced ribs.

Cambric, a lightweight, closely woven, plain cotton cloth first made in Cambrai, France, and originally a fine linen fabric.

Count and construction of Poplin and Cambric:C…

Construction of Corduroy and Chambray Fabrics

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Fabric construction is one of the must have information when you are going to source fabrics for your garment designs. Fabric construction is one of the primary fabric quality parameters. The weight of the fabric depends on the fabric construction. So, this information is essential for cost estimating. In this post, we have shared the fabric construction of Corduroy and Chambray Fabrics.

Construction of corduroy fabric


For an example for 26 wales construction 40*40 95*65. Various qualities are there for corduroy fabric.
Construction of chambray fabric Chambray fabric is woven with a white weft and coloured warp. Various qualities are there for chambray fabric. For example, chambray fabric is available in 40s/110*70, 60s/110*88 construction.

Also Read: How to read fabric construction?

Image source: Fabric.com
Information provided by Pulak Debnath

Introduction to Flat Knitting and Fully Fashion Garments

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This is a guest contribution from Sharfuddin Ripon. This post covers the basics of flat knitting machine and fully fashion garment.

Usually, knitted garments are categorized into four types from their production point of views -
Fully cut Stitch shape cut or Blanking Integral Full fashion  First three fall into circular knit slots. Fully Cut like Cut and sewn in woven, tubes here cut open lengthwise to cut into parts as patterned to sew together.

In stitch shape, tubes are cut width-wise depending upon the body length of each garment (with provision for 1 / 11/2” sewing allowances) called blank. Here cutting and sewing jobs are less than what required in fully cut since the tubes remained seamless.

Integrals are fully machine knitted requiring no cutting or seaming. Socks, pantyhose, hand gloves (fingered), caps are garments or accessories falling in this group.

Amongst the knits fully fashion garments are knitted in V- bed flat knitting machine, driven either by hand or machine (auto).…

How the New 2017 DIM Shipping Prices Will Affect Your Bottom Line?

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Navigating the world of the garment industry is a lot of work on its own. From manufacturing to finally getting your product on the shelves, it requires a great amount of knowledge and a whole lot of research to get it right.

Just a couple years back, the major parcel services implemented their new DIM pricing models, completely changing how companies would pay to ship their goods. You probably remember researching just what this meant and how it was going to affect your bottom line. Many companies also spent time playing around with the new system - which measures cubic volume instead of weight - to see if there was any way they could ship their product more cheaply by changing up the way it’s packaged.

Now, the parcel services are changing their rates again. This means that you’re going to have to re-evaluate the current DIM pricing models and how it will affect your business. Here, we’ve broken down everything you need to know so you can keep your business running smoothly.

What is…

How to Start a Tailoring Business at Home

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Nowadays most of the women want to do something on their own. The purpose is to earn some money and get involved in some productive works. Those don’t have a corporate job or don’t work in any firm, preferred to start some kinds of business at home or in the nearby shopping complex. A woman, who needs to look after her family, can start some kind of home based business. One good idea is starting a tailoring shop or a boutique at home.

In this post, I will show you how to start a home based tailoring business.

The market opportunity for starting a tailoring shop Let’s see the market opportunity for starting tailoring business at home.

The apparel market is filled with the readymade garments. You will find a very few man who wears customized shirt and pant. They don’t need a tailoring shop.

Women segment is the main market for the tailoring shop. Women love wearing customized and fitted clothes. They buy a lot of readymade garments from a mall or a bazaar. But they need someone to alter…

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