A given industrial sewing operation can provide a single service or many services; these can include product design, engineering and prototyping as well as fabrication and packaging.
Industrial sewing operations offer their products and services on very large scales as well as small scales. Large-scale, commercial sewing operations produce sewn products in large quantities. Such services are offered to screen printing companies, furniture manufacturers and many other clients that require access to large quantities of sewn products.
Industrial sewing operations can also produce custom sewn and custom embroidered products in small quantities, though such services are more often offered by small-scale, specialty sewing services. A wide range of industries require access to industrial sewing services. The aircraft industry, for example, uses seating, carpeting, door products, insulation blankets and ground service covers provided by sewing contractors.
Banks, retail stores and insurance businesses utilize sewn security, transit and courier bags. Other industries that benefit from industrial sewing include the military, transportation, casino and healthcare industries. Industrial sewing operations can produce a wide range of products including pouches, tarps, soft luggage and a wide variety of other products.
Many types of fabrics are used in industrial sewing. Vinyl-coated nylon is a lightweight, durable material that is a good choice for bags, presentation cases and industrial curtains, as it is tough and weather resistant. Neoprene and Hypalon are chemical and abrasion resistant and are used in industrial applications.
Canvas, which includes twills, soft flannels and felts, is a breathable, soft material that is used for bags and curtains as well as many industrial applications. Industrial sewing also uses several anti-static materials for use in the computer and electronics industries. Other common sewing materials include suede, leather, felt, webbing, plastic, cotton, and polyester.
Equipment used for industrial sewing can range from basic materials such as needles and scissors to more complex equipment like computer-programmable machines, riveters, stud setters, zipper fabricators, grometters, strip cutters, snap setters and heat and bag sealers. Industrial sewing services are important players in the production of a wide variety of products.