Automatic Workstation for Elastic Cutting and Joining Elastic Ends

In the automatic sewing machines and sewing workstation list, today I am adding one more automatic sewing machine - automatic elastic cutting and joining elastic ends.

elastic sewing machine

You know, elastic cut-and-join is one of the common operations for attaching elastic at the waistband. Use of this operation includes in leggings manufacturing, innerwear (panties and briefs), shorts with the closed waistband. In the traditional method, helper measure the elastic, mark on it and cut the elastic manually. In the next operation, a zig-zag or lockstitch or overlock machine is used for joining the two ends of the elastic.

Here one more important point to be noted. When you join two ends of an elastic, it should be butt seam. To maintain even thickness of the waistband overlapping of the elastic ends is avoided while ends are joined together. The Zig-zag sewing machine is used for this operation.

Now an automatic elastic sewing machine is available, which can cut and join the elastic operation. By using this machine, garment manufacturing factories can reduce manpower and improve productivity for this operation. Factories who is doing mass production of ladies leggings and briefs can use this automatic workstation.

This year in Garment Expo 2019 Delhi, I have seen this machine on display at IIGM Stall. In the machine, there is a control panel where the user can set the elastic length.

To show you the machine in running condition and how it works, I have shared one YouTube video. The audio is in Chinese.

Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog.

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