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Will advances in technology make stitched seams obsolete?
 
Huge strides have been made in seamless and stitch-free seaming technologies in recent years. In fact, the pace of development is accelerating and some experts believe that further advances in technology could make stitched seams obsolete.
 
Demand for seamless performance apparel will rise as consumers become more aware of the benefits. Seamless garments can provide levels of comfort and freedom of movement which cannot be matched in garments with sewn seams, as well as a smooth fit, light weight, an aesthetically pleasing appearance and ease of care.
 
Given the wide ranging benefits which seamless knitting and stitch-free seaming have to offer, experts are in little doubt that these technologies will become more prominent in key segments of the performance apparel industry—especially in applications such as activewear and sportswear where comfort is of overriding importance.
 
"Seamless knitting and stitch-free seaming in performance apparel" is a 35-page independently researched report from Textiles Intelligence—a leading provider of business information on the global textile, fibre and apparel industries.
 
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List of contents
 
SUMMARY
 
INTRODUCTION
 
DEVELOPMENT OF SEAMLESS KNITTING AND STITCH-FREE SEAMING
 
SEAMLESS KNITTING
Fibres and yarns for seamless knitting
Computer aided design in seamless knitting
Key suppliers of seamless knitting machines
   Santoni
   Shima Seiki
   Karl Maer
   Stoll
Limitations of seamless knitting technology
 
STITCH-FREE SEAMING TECHNOLOGIES
Advantages and disadvantages of sewing
Stitch-free, or sew-free, technologies
Benefits of stitch-free seaming
 
METHODS USED TO PRODUCE STITCH-FREE SEAMS
Adhesive bonding
Welding
   Hot air welding and hot wedge welding
   Ultrasonic welding
   Welding by high frequency radiation
   Laser welding
 
GARMENT CONSTRUCTION AND WEAR COMFORT
Garment fit
Body mapping
 
APPLICATIONS FOR SEAMLESS KNITTING AND STITCH-FREE SEAMING IN PERFORMANCE APPAREL
Seamless knitting
   Compression wear
   Sportswear
   Technical outerwear
   Innerwear-as-outerwear
   Athleisure
Stitch-free seaming
 
INNOVATIONS IN SEAMLESS KNITTING AND STITCH-FREE SEAMING Bemis: Versafilm
Eurojersey and Cifra: hybrid warp knitted garments
Kjus: Freelite
New Textile Technologies: SensElast
Nike: FE/NOM Flyknit Bra
Nike: Flyweave
ODLO: Active Spine
Picture Organic Clothing: ENO Jacket
Sangam: C9
Santoni: seamless upper for footwear
Santoni, Lenzing, Unitin and Tonello: DEN/IM
Studio Eva X Carola, Pauline van Dongen and Santoni: Radius
The North Face: FuseForm mountain jacket
 
OUTLOOK
 
List of tables
Table 1: Key methods of joining the components of a garment
Table 2: General descriptions of adhesive bonding and welding processes for joining textile substrates
Table 3: Types of comfort in relation to garment wear
 
List of figures
Figure 1: Comparison of methods used to produce garments
Figure 2: Textures and styling features in a seamless knitted fabric
Figure 3: Long-sleeve top produced on Santoni machinery
Figure 4: Freelite knitted ski jacket
Figure 5: Nike FE/NOM Flyknit Bra
Figure 6: Flyweave
Figure 7: DEN/IM jeggings

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