Sewing Contractors

Sewing contractors provide a wide range of industrial sewing-related services, including design, engineering, prototyping, fabrication and packaging. They often produce specially-made fabric products for individuals by custom sewing, which are not mass produced, or by commercial sewing services, which manufacture many uniform fabric products that end up on business shelves and are sold to consumers.

Sewing contractors offer different services, such as free prototypes, custom fitting, custom embroidery and producing and attaching clothing labels to commercially-sold products. A variety of fabric products are produced by sewing contractors, including custom bags such as canvas bags or pouches, soft luggage and protective covers such as tarps. Many sewing contractors manufacture items for the aircraft industry such as seating, carpet, blankets and ground service covers. Banks, retail stores, amusement parks and insurance businesses use security, transit and courier bags; restaurants use umbrellas, slip covers, window treatments and booth cushions; and contract sewing is also used by the military, hospitality, transportation, casino and healthcare industries. Equipment used in contract sewing ranges from single needles to computer programmable machines. Auxiliary equipment includes riveters, stud setters, zipper fabricators, grometters, strip cutters, snap setters and heat and bag sealers.

Some Leading Manufacturers

JONCO Industries, Inc.

Milwaukee, WI | 800-236-7311

JONCO Industries is your source for contract sewing services. For over 30 years, our goal has been to provide the very best services and well-designed, economical products. Our staff is committed to your projects, and we will work tirelessly to meet your deadlines, provide superior quality, and stay within your budget. We can manufacture anything from banners to custom outdoor shelters. Contact us for all your sewing needs!

Custom Faberkin Inc.

Fond Du Lac, WI | 920-921-5660

Contract sewing is our specialty at Custom Faberkin, so much so that we have been setting industry standards for years. We provide a full range of contract sewing services, and we can take your product from prototype to completion. We maintain a large inventory of fabrics as well as diverse sewing machinery, so you can find all the sewn product solutions you need! Whether you are looking for outdoor products, industrial covers, or sewn bags, we have the right products for you!

MARC, Inc.

Hendersonville, NC | 828-595-2995

As an ISO 13485 registered and FDA regulated company, MARC supplies only the highest quality sewn products. We manufacture products for the military, medical, and consumer industries, and we have sewn products like ballistic vests, first aid kits, helmet liners, heavy-duty straps, bandages, and fire blankets. Our flexible and diverse sewing capabilities allow us to take on any custom sewing project. Visit our website to view a complete list of our custom sewing services!

Premier Pack International

Brooklyn, NY | 800-555-5186

Here at Premier Pack International we offer sewing contracting for a wide range of industries and our teams are available to assist you with determining the highest quality solutions for your application. We are a forward thinking manufacturer who will always keep your needs in mind and we are great at anticipating the needs of our customers. We have over 50 years of experience and we are eager to work with you today. Give us a call to learn more information.


While small custom sewing businesses may sew their products by hand or on a small sewing machine, most sewing contractors use industrial sewing machines. These machines are designed for one specific function. Some of the basic types of industrial machines are straight stitch, serger and blindstitch. Other machines, which are often computer operated, include lockstitch, chain stitch, overedge, walking foot, needle feed, double needle, zigzag, cylinder, bar tack, box tack, hook/loop fastener and more. Industrial machines differ from consumer sewing machines in many ways. They are significantly faster and able to sew much heavier fabrics and through more layers. The larger motors of these industrial machines are designed to run continuously throughout the whole day and many require little or no manpower or manual operation. Many of these machines are self-oiling. However, industrial sewing machines are complicated and usually require a mechanic to fix problems and perform regular maintenance to ensure they work properly.

Many types of fabrics are used by sewing contractors. Vinyl-coated nylon is a lightweight, durable material that is a popular choice for bags, presentation cases and protective covers, as it is tough and weather resistant. Neoprene and Hypalon are chemical and abrasion resistant and are used in industrial applications. Canvas, which is comprised of twill, soft flannel and felt, is a breathable material used for bags and curtains, as well as many industrial applications. A sewing contractor uses a variety of anti-static materials for products in the computer and electronics industries. Other materials include suede, leather, felt, webbing, plastic, cotton and polyester. These fabrics are often custom embroidered, which is a decorative embellishment made by stitching thread by a needle. They are graphic or descriptive text and images, and they are often used by companies and businesses that want to print their logo on their products and employee uniforms. Clothing labels are attached inside of all garments, bedding, textiles and clothing that are sold commercially. These tags contain information that lets the consumer know where the product was made, the materials it is made out of, washing instructions, and they often have a brand name, logo and garment size. These tags may be woven, embroidered or printed and made of satin, damask or taffeta.

Custom bags are commonly manufactured by sewing contractors. They are made to fit certain sizes and use specific materials to fit particular consumer needs. They are often made of canvas, a soft yet durable material. Pouches, which are small to medium sized carrying containers, are also often custom made. They are made for products such as auto jacks, batteries, cables, cameras, flags, infusers and manuals. Pouches are produced with many different fabrics, including nylon, neoprene, hypalon, canvas, leather, felt, cotton and polyester. Soft luggage is made of durable fabric and is also produced by sewing contractors. They are often made of canvas, leather or plastic and are either carry-on size (up to 21 inches) or larger, which are checked in at the airport. Backpacks, briefcases and sports bags are also considered soft luggage. They are closed by buttons, clasps and zippers and provide an alternative to bulky hard luggage. Protective covers made of fabric are durable, waterproof and provide shelter from outdoor elements. They are often made of nylon or canvas that is coated with tar or paint. They may be fitted to cover specific objects or products, such as grills, machinery, outdoor furniture, cars and dumpsters. Tarps are larger, unfitted protective covers that are used to shelter swimming pools and cars during snow or rain and machinery during transport. They are also often used during camping as a ground or tent cover.

JONCO Industries, Inc.

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