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Publication date: 1 November 2014

Niromi Seram and Darron Cabon

Fashion is something beyond a normal approach with no limits to the permutations that one can think in terms of designing. Fashion, which represents the innovations of…

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Fashion is something beyond a normal approach with no limits to the permutations that one can think in terms of designing. Fashion, which represents the innovations of designers, brings forth revolution to the fashion world. The development of new technologies that are then applied to fashion offer opportunities for the industry to adapt to the multiple and ever changing lifestyles that redefine how we think about a design, and the manufacture and consumption of fashion. In the fashion world, not only designers but also scientists are experimenting and exploring with new ways to replace the traditional methods of garment construction with the use of sewing machines, and needle and thread. This paper will produce strong evidence to support the use of ultrasonic technology as an alternative for seaming.

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Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, vol. 18 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1560-6074

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Publication date: 31 May 2013

Niromi Seram and Darron Cabon

Ultrasonic seaming: the pertained technology for this research is identified as one of the alternatives which offers many advantages over traditional sewing. Ultrasonic…

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Purpose

Ultrasonic seaming: the pertained technology for this research is identified as one of the alternatives which offers many advantages over traditional sewing. Ultrasonic technology was initially used for plastic welding. It has been utilized in automotive, electronics and electrical appliances, filtration, packaging, aerospace and apparel industries. However, the use of sewing machine, needle and threads still remains as the most popular method of joining fabrics together. The aim of this research is to investigate the possibility of constructing different types of seams for clothing using ultrasonic technology which is an existing technology that is not fully utilized and not fully realized the advantages associated with it in the apparel industry.

Design/methodology/approach

Experimental reflective practice' was used as the main method for practical investigation. The basis for analysis was formed by reflections made during and after the experimentations.

Findings

Though the construction of the seams are possible, due to thickness of the layers, LSc and LSe seam types were not successful in terms of quality. The bound seam type and the flat seams are possible using ultrasonic technology without the blade, the quality is not satisfactory when comparing to the conventional sewing technique. However, ornamental stitching (OS) and edge finishing (EF) with ultrasonic are possible and successful.

Originality/value

The results of this study will shed more light on ways of using ultrasonic technology in the apparel industry.

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International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, vol. 25 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0955-6222

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