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The UV resistance of polypropylene and polyester explained

Plastic fibers have found their place in the modern world by their many applications. Polypropylene and polyester are two families of plastics that are common for people to use day-to-day. For industrial uses, polypropylene and polyester have very different characteristics that make them suitable for different environmental stresses including sunlight exposure. Understanding the differences in UV resistance between polypropylene and polyester can help you decide the best yarn or thread for your application.

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Left Twist Vs. Right Twist Industrial Sewing Thread

Choosing the correct twist for the industrial sewing thread used in your application is an important consideration in how smoothly your manufacturing process works. That is why it's important to know the difference between left twist and right twist industrial sewing threads.

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Industrial Sewing Troubleshooting Tips - Fixes for Skipped Stitches

 Are skipped stitches causing you down time in your industrial sewing application?  Here are some tips to help find and correct the common causes of skipped stitches.

  • Check and make sure that machine is threaded correctly
  • Make sure machine is oiled properly and general maintenance has been done 
  • Change the needle and make sure it is pushed all the way into the needle bar with the kerf/eye parallel to the hand wheel or slightly pointed towards incoming shuttle hook
  • Check timing of needle in relation to hook. Make sure the needle is rising back up when checking the timing. When the tip of the hook is beside the needle, the eye of the needle should be ~ 1/16” below the hook. The tip of the hook should also be very close to the needle, about the thickness of printer paper from the needle: 
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IFAI Expo 2015 Anaheim, California

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is a trade assocation of member companies in specialty fabrics and advanced textiles with 1,491 members from 42 countries.  Each year in October IFAI hosts the IFAI Expo, providing industrial textile companies and professionals with the opportunity to:

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Bonded versus Soft Industrial Sewing Threads

 Multifilament nylons, polyesters and aramid yarns go through a series of twisting and winding steps during the sewing thread manufacturing process.  The twisting process is generally required to convert any yarn into a thread that can be used for sewing, but bonding, an additional process step, may not be needed depending on the size, use and industrial application. 

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Solution Dyed Yarn Vs Package Dyed Yarn: What Should You Use?

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We get questions every week from manufacturers who want to use one or more ends of a colored yarn or thread for product identification (marker threads) and for production marketing and differentiation.   An understanding of the types of dyed yarns available, and the advantages and disadvantages of each is crucial to product performance and design. 

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How to Choose the Right Needle Size for Industrial Sewing

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What if you could immediately improve the occurrences of thread breaks and skipped stitches in your sewing operations for between $1 to $3?  Would you be interested?

Often overlooked, choosing the correct needle for your sewing application is absolutely critical to flawless performance of your sewing line.  With the new thread and sewn fabric materials available today, it may be time to check the needle size for your operation

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Why Is Sewing Thread Lubricated? Four Reasons Explained

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How many reasons can you think of to apply lubrication to thread?

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Show Your Sewing Machine Some Love!

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Through 15 years of technical service experience with sewing machines and the packaging industry, I’ve found that proper preventative maintenance is the key to getting the maximum value out of your sewing head.

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The UV resistance of polypropylene and polyester explained

Plastic fibers have found their place in the modern world by their many applications. Polypropylene and polyester are two families of plastics that are common for people to use day-to-day. For industrial uses, polypropylene and polyester have very different characteristics that make them suitable for different environmental stresses including sunlight exposure. Understanding the differences in UV resistance between polypropylene and polyester can help you decide the best yarn or thread for your application.

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Choosing the correct twist for the industrial sewing thread used in your application is an important consideration in how smoothly your manufacturing process works. That is why it's important to know the difference between left twist and right twist industrial sewing threads.

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 Are skipped stitches causing you down time in your industrial sewing application?  Here are some tips to help find and correct the common causes of skipped stitches.

  • Check and make sure that machine is threaded correctly
  • Make sure machine is oiled properly and general maintenance has been done 
  • Change the needle and make sure it is pushed all the way into the needle bar with the kerf/eye parallel to the hand wheel or slightly pointed towards incoming shuttle hook
  • Check timing of needle in relation to hook. Make sure the needle is rising back up when checking the timing. When the tip of the hook is beside the needle, the eye of the needle should be ~ 1/16” below the hook. The tip of the hook should also be very close to the needle, about the thickness of printer paper from the needle: 
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The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is a trade assocation of member companies in specialty fabrics and advanced textiles with 1,491 members from 42 countries.  Each year in October IFAI hosts the IFAI Expo, providing industrial textile companies and professionals with the opportunity to:

Read more

 Multifilament nylons, polyesters and aramid yarns go through a series of twisting and winding steps during the sewing thread manufacturing process.  The twisting process is generally required to convert any yarn into a thread that can be used for sewing, but bonding, an additional process step, may not be needed depending on the size, use and industrial application. 

Read more
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We get questions every week from manufacturers who want to use one or more ends of a colored yarn or thread for product identification (marker threads) and for production marketing and differentiation.   An understanding of the types of dyed yarns available, and the advantages and disadvantages of each is crucial to product performance and design. 

Read more
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What if you could immediately improve the occurrences of thread breaks and skipped stitches in your sewing operations for between $1 to $3?  Would you be interested?

Often overlooked, choosing the correct needle for your sewing application is absolutely critical to flawless performance of your sewing line.  With the new thread and sewn fabric materials available today, it may be time to check the needle size for your operation

Read more
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How many reasons can you think of to apply lubrication to thread?

Read more
Lead Blog Post Image

Through 15 years of technical service experience with sewing machines and the packaging industry, I’ve found that proper preventative maintenance is the key to getting the maximum value out of your sewing head.

Read more