Sewing contractors provide a variety of services related to industrial sewing. Some of these services include design, prototyping, fabrication, engineering, and packaging. Contractors can provide commercial sewing services, which involve manufacturing products that are uniform and can be go straight to business shelves. Additionally, contractors can provide custom-sewn fabric products for individuals which are not mass produced.
Sewing contractors offer services such as custom fitting, free prototypes, custom embroidery, and the production and addition of clothing labels to products that are commercially sold. Contractors produce a wide variety of fabric products, which include protective covers, soft luggage, pouches, canvas bags, and custom bags.
Sewing contractors manufacture products for the aircraft industry, These items include ground service covers, blankets carpet, and seating. Products such as courier, transit, and security bags are used in industries such as amusement parks, retail stores, and banks.
Military, healthcare, casino, hospitality, and transportation industries also utilize the services that sewing contractors have to offer. Sewing contractors use numerous forms of equipment in order to provide this wide variety of services. Equipment can range from a single needle to a full-fledged automated machine. The main types of machines are known as straight stitch, serger, and blindstitch. Other types of specialized machines include lockstitch, chain stitch, overedge, walking foot, needle feed, double needle, zigzag, cylinder, bar tack, box tack, and hook/loop fastener.
There are many ways that industrial machines can be distinguished from consumer sewing machines. They are faster and are capable of sewing through more layers and working with heavier fabrics. These machines feature larger motors, and are designed to run continuously for an entire day. They are also self-oiling, and they require minimal manual operation or manpower. One disadvantage of industrial machines is that they have a complex configuration, and therefore require a mechanic to perform regular maintenance.
Sewing contractors utilize a wide range of fabrics. Vinyl-coated nylon is highly durable, weather-resistant, and light in weight, making it a suitable and popular choice for protective covers, presentation cases, and bags. Neoprene and Hypalon are resistant to abrasion and chemicals, and are thus frequently used in industrial applications. Canvas is a breathable material made from felt, flannel, and twill, and is used for industrial applications as well as bags and curtains.
A wide range of anti-static materials are used in the electronics and computer industries. Other materials that are used include polyester, cotton, plastic, webbing, felt, leather, and suede. Sewing contractors may also apply custom embroidery with these materials, using a needle and threat to embellish them. Custom embroidery can be descriptive images or text.
Companies that wish to have their logo printed on uniforms and products may request custom embroidery. Inside all bedding, textiles, clothing, and garments that are commercially sold is a tag that contains information that lets consumers know the materials used, where the product was made, the size of the product, and instructions for washing and drying. The tags may be made of satin, taffeta, or damask, and may be attached to the item by way of printing, weaving, or embroidery.
Sewing contactors frequently manufacture custom bags. Custom bags are made to fit consumer needs, and are thus made with specific materials and are made to fit certain sizes. A popular material that contractors use is canvas, which is soft yet resilient. Pouches are another popular item that can be custom-made. They are a smaller carrying container that can be made for various products including manuals, infusers, flags, cameras, cables, batteries, and auto jacks.
They are frequently made from canvas, cotton, polyester, hypalon, neoprene, felt, plastic, or leather. Soft luggag can also be produced, and is made from durable fabric such as canvas, plastic, or leather, and can be at least 21 inches or larger if they are checked in at an airport. Soft luggage also includes sports bags, briefcases, and backpacks. They are an adequate alternative to bulky suitcases, and can be closed by clasps, buttons, or zippers.
Protective covers can be made from canvas or nylon coated with paint or tar, and can offer protection against water and other outdoor elements. These protective coatings can be used to cover specific products including dumpsters, cars, outdoor furniture, machinery, and grills. Unfitted protective covers such as tarps may be used for various uses such as covering swimming pools, covering vehicles during extreme weather, and covering machinery while being transported. Additionally, they are used as ground or tent covers for camping applications.