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Balancing Quality, Sustainability and Thread Cost

Key factors to consider to balance Quality, Sustainability and Thread Cost

Anetrak Process Overview

Describes A&E's Anetrak Process and Benefits

Minimizing Seam Slippage

Describes methods to minimize seam slippage

Benefits of Prewound Bobbins

Describes the benefits of using prewound bobbins

Sewing Maintenance Checklist

Provides checklists developed to help you evaluate sewing processes in order to optimize sewing and seam performance.

Minimizing Thread Breakage and Skipped Stitches

Describes the characteristics in thread that affect breakage and skipped stitches.

Writing Thread Specifications

Describes the process for evaluating where to begin writing thread specifications to minimize quality issues.

Thread Selection for Knit Applications

Recommends the most common thread types and sizes used for knit applications.

Thread Selection for Woven Applications

Recommends the most common thread types and sizes used for woven applications.

Thread Price Versus Thread Cost

Describes ways to reduce thread costs without compromising sewability and seaming performance.

Selecting the Right SPI

Discusses the influence of stitches per inch (SPI) on the seam strength, stitch appearance and seam elasticity on stretch fabrics.

Selection Logic and Charts

Describes the elements for selecting the right thread for a specific application, including fiber type, thread construction and thread size.

Seam Types

Describes common seams and provides simple seam graphics, 751a & ISO numbers, common applications and requirements.

Common Seam Quality Defects

Describes common seam quality defects. Also provides graphics and tips on minimizing these defects.

Seam Engineering

Describes the factors in engineering quality seams and the formulas for estimating seam strength and abrasion resistance.

Minimizing Needle Heat

Describes what causes needle heat and what can be done to minimize it.

Reducing Needle Cutting

Defines needle cutting and provides a checklist that will aid in reducing needle cutting.

Estimating Thread Consumption

Describes how to estimate thread consumption to estimate the number of cones needed and to calculate the cost of thread needed to manufacture the finished product.

Corespun Versus Spun Poly

Describes the major differences between corespun and spun poly threads as well as the considerations for choosing the appropriate thread.


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