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International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology

ISSN: 0955-6222

Online from: 1989

Subject Area: Mechanical & Materials Engineering

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Investigating the possibility of constructing different seam types for clothing using ultrasonic

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Title:Investigating the possibility of constructing different seam types for clothing using ultrasonic
Author(s):Niromi Seram, (Department of Textile & Clothing Technology, University of Moratuwa, Katubeddha, Sri Lanka), Darron Cabon, (University of Arts London, London College of Fashion, London, UK)
Citation:Niromi Seram, Darron Cabon, (2013) "Investigating the possibility of constructing different seam types for clothing using ultrasonic", International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, Vol. 25 Iss: 2, pp.90 - 98
Keywords:Clothing, Seams, Ultrasonic devices, Ultrasonic-technology, Woven fabrics
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09556221311298583 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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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