Garment Fusing Technology
Garment manufacturing cannot be imagined without fusing these days. Fusing could therefore be expected to have become a matured technology by now. Changes in the material, in quality expectations and textile care methods entail more and more unpleasant problems, which are often realized after an entire batch of defective pieces has been produced. Fusing technology whereby the interlining is bonded to the outer fabric by means of a thermoplastic adhesive resin which can be bonded to another fabric.
What is Fusing Technology for Garment Manufacturing?
The most important area of garment construction where an alternative process has significantly taken over from sewing is in the attachment of interlinings. When interlinings are sewn in, it can be difficult on parts such as collars to avoid a wrinkling of the interlining inside the collar and pucker around the edge. On large parts such as jacket fronts, the attachment of interlinings by sewing is expensive and requires a skill if a high standard is to be achieved.
The alternative process which has been developed is that of fusing.
Fusing technology whereby the interlining is bonded to the outer fabric by means of a thermoplastic resin.The term fusible interlining is used to describe a base fabric coated on one side with a thermoplastic adhesive resin which can be bonded to another fabric by the controlled application of heat and pressure. These materials, generally called fusibles, provide the designer with a number of properties which can enhance the appearance of finished garments by the followings:
- Control and stabilization of critical areas.
- Reinforcement of specific design features.
- Minimum of modification to the “handle “of the top cloth.
- Preservation of a crisp and fresh look.
The advantage of using Fusing Technology
- In most cases, the use of fusible interlinings shortens manufacturing time with a consequent reduction in direct labor cost.
- There is a reduction in the skill required in many operators involving fusing compared with the sewing in of interlinings and this leads to a reduction in training time.
- It is easier to achieve consistent quality in the lamination process than it is with many of operations of sewing in of interlinings.
- Fusible interlinings provide opportunities for alternative methods of garment construction.