Pressing machines are used in the final stages of the apparel manufacturing process before your products hit the market. There are different kinds of pressing machines with specific pressing requirements due to the existence of numerous garment types. For example, a form finishing machine helps you finish jackets, skirts and blouses. Small cabinet press machines are used to press shirts before buttoning to avoid button marks on the final apparel. A tunnel finisher is needed when manufacturing knitwear because it helps in gentle seaming and instant drying of the garment.
Garment manufacturing requires sewing machines, which help to join various parts of a garment. There are different kinds of sewing machines, depending on their specific applications. For example, the pocket sewer machine is used for stitching pockets of blazers, while chain stitch is applied in sewing woven and knit fabric. Making button holes in a garment requires a button hole sewing machine, and a lock stitch machine would suffice for all kinds of apparel. A two-needle lock stitch machine is efficient at making decorations on garments.
Knitting machines are used to manufacture knitted apparel. They include single jersey machine, flat bed and double jersey knitting machine. Single jersey machines have a cylinder measuring 30 inches that contains needles for producing plain fabrics. A double jersey machine contains extra needles that help in producing items that are doubly thicker than single jersey garments. Flat bed knitting equipment is versatile and helps you add parts, such as collars, v-necks and pockets to a garment. When selecting a knitting machine, consider its brand reputation, model number, diameter, number of needles and gauge.
Cutting machines can either be computerized or manually operated to cut fabrics into different shapes. Examples include straight knife, hand shears, band knife and computerized cutting knives. Computerized knives are the most accurate and the fastest, whereas a straight knife suffices when the quantity of the fabrics is low. A band knife provides a better cutting accuracy than a straight knife. Hand shears are applicable in cutting single or even double plies, although it is time consuming.