Industrial Sewing Contracts
Sewing contractors utilize a wide range of fabrics, including vinyl-coated nylon, neoprene, Hypalon, canvas, anti-static material, cotton, polyester, felt, plastic, webbing and leather.
Vinyl-coated nylon is highly durable, weather-resistant, and lightweight, making it a suitable and popular choice for protective covers, presentation cases, and bags.
Neoprene is chemical resistant, abrasion resistant and insulative. It is often used to make fly fishing waders, wetsuits and leggings. It is less expensive than comparable materials, but it is not very breathable.
Hypalon, like neoprene, is resistant to abrasion, cutting and chemicals, and is thus frequently used in industrial applications. It is actually stronger and lighter than neoprene, though.
Canvas is a breathable material made from felt, flannel, and twill, and is used for industrial applications as well as bags and curtains. It is popular for custom bags because it is soft yet resilient.
Anti-static materials like ESD fabric are used in the electronics and computer industries. They are popular in these industries because they help contain and dissipate static buildup and electromagnetic discharge. This is important because the presence of this type of buildup can be very disruptive to the functioning of electronics.
Cotton is a soft material derived from the cotton plant. It is dry cleanable, machine washable and printable. It also offers good color retention, good absorbency, good strength and good drapability.
Polyester fabrics are synthetic. They are designed to be: incredibly strong and chemical resistant, mildew resistant, abrasion resistant, wrinkle resistant, stretch and shrink resistant. It is also quick drying and can be made insulative.
Felt fabric is composed of compressed and matted fibers with no discernable thread count. These fibers are usually wool mixed with synthetic fiber, or just synthetic fiber. Dense and non-woven, felt is durable and sturdy. It is suitable for both industrial applications and craft applications.
Plastic is a broad term that refers to a wide variety of versatile, synthetic/semi-synthetic polymer materials. While plastics aren’t typically associated with sewing, any number of them can be modified to fit a wide variety of contract sewing applications. Nylon, for example, can be used to make parachutes, tents, flags and clothing items like hosiery.
Webbing is woven fabric, usually made from polyester, polypropylene or nylon. For extra strength, contractors may make it from material like Kevlar. Contractors make it in two basic forms–tubular webbing and flat wedding. Tubular webbing is webbing that has been woven into a flat tube. Mostly, tubular webbing is suitable for industrial applications and climbing applications. Flat webbing, on the other hand, is webbing that has been woven into a flat solid weave. Flat webbing is very common for use as backpack straps and seat belting.
Leather comes from tanned rawhides, particularly cattle rawhides. It is strong, durable and tear and puncture resistant. It also holds in heat quite well, which can be a good thing in cold weather. Contract sewers use leather to make countless products, including jackets, shoes and bookbinding’s.