When considering the many types of soft bags available, size, function, weight, additional accessories, cargo and type of travel all help to determine what bag is best suited to a given situation. Although the amount of give varies, flexible fabric allows bags to be packed slightly above normal capacity. This particular type of luggage is also relatively lightweight as compared to its rigid counterpart. Read More…
CustomFab USAGarden Grove, CA | 714-891-9119
CustomFab USA has been a trusted American sewing contractor since our inception in 1990. Our 77,000 square foot high-tech manufacturing facility allows us to produce and ship a myriad of products. We have experience serving industries such as medical, sporting goods, military, aerospace, pets, and travel. With unparalleled customer service, a skilled manufacturing workforce, and tried-and-true processes that protect your intellectual property, you can count on our team to meet your needs.$$$
Landes USAHouston, TX | 800-320-0399
Since our founding in 1972, our goal at Landes has been to set ourselves apart from our competitors by providing specialized sewing contract solutions for our customers. Whether you need a fully customized, made to order solution or a standard design– we’ve got you covered! Visit our website for more details.$$$
LJ Design and ManufacturingBrookfield, WI | 262-777-2280
LJ Design & Manufacturing is an elite sewing contractor specializing in custom sewn industrial and medical products. Since 1844, we have partnered with B2B innovators in healthcare/medicine, transportation, wearable technology, veterinary medicine, military, government, sporting goods, luggage, manufacturing and more. Highly technical products and materials are our specialties. Contact us today to get started!$$$
Sea Converting, Inc.Wood Dale, IL | 630-694-4178
Serving the industrial & consumer marketplace with sewn protective covers for laptops to locomotives. We are a family owned business that has been providing heavy & light gauge industrial & specialty sewing since 1987. An innovative, high quality organization delivering superior custom products on time.$$$
Fabri-Tech, Inc.McCordsville, IN | 800-332-4797
Our dedicated team of professionals is here to bring reliable and dependable products to you! At Fabri-Tech, we use our 85 years of experience to exceed your expectations. Our comprehensive process for tarps, soft luggage, pouches, and many other products are unrivaled in quality. We place emphasis on our efficient process and the highly customizable options with design. Check out our website today for more details!$$$
Petra & HolumChicago, IL | 773-622-1475
At Petra & Holum, we offer custom product development, manufacture rigid boxes, sales kits, cases, and sewn bags and related products. Because we emphasize our “Made in USA” manufacturing capabilities we can offer our customers unparalleled flexibility with numerous production options and fast turnarounds.$$$
Soft luggage is often used for carry-on baggage as its adjustable shape can more easily fit in overhead bins. Most soft luggage designed for this purpose is made to fit airline size limitation guidelines. Sizes, however, are extremely variable, and large soft bags are also available. For example, large soft luggage is often used to transport exhibits for trade shows. Sporting, travel, electronic and medical industries all frequently use this flexible baggage, as do individuals. The use of backpacks, for example, is seen in schools throughout the world.
While manufacturing processes differ between companies, soft luggage always begins with a general design scheme. A computer-generated or hand-drawn design lays out the guidelines for creating bags. After a design is finalized, the fabric is measured and cut. Small or custom sewing orders may use hand cutting, while larger orders more often use automated cutting tables.
The fabric is sewn or welded together. Commercial and industrial-grade sewing machines should be used as heavy materials or thick seams may damage lower quality machines. Folded seams or foam padding between layers can be added to soft luggage to give a more definite shape and prevent the sides from collapsing inward.
Zippers or other clasps are added at this stage as well. Metal or plastic clasps, handles and frames may be added to soft luggage, though this adds weight. Most of the hardware on luggage is manufactured separately and simply applied during production. Because soft luggage lacks solid support, sturdy materials such as canvas, thermoplastic elastomers, nylon, vinyl, leather and other woven fabrics like cotton are used to provide some protection for the contents of a bag as well as to ensure its longevity. With the use of abrasion and water resistant fabrics, soft luggage offers many of the same protective abilities as hard luggage as well as some advantages over it.