Executive Chronicles | 4 Types Of Industrial Sewing Machines You Need To Know About | Clothing and fabrics have been a part of civilisation for a long time, and because of this, the technology of this industry has rapidly evolved and improved over time. Along with technology, the workforce has also grown exponentially. Of the total workforce of 3.4 billion of the world, about 430 million are said to be involved in the fashion and textile industry, which means that about 1 in every 8 workers of the world is into this industry. To supplement this massive workforce, we see that sewing machines have undergone quite a development over the years. The modern machine industry used for textile production is called the industrial sewing machine. Australia is famous for sewn leather products like shoes, jackets and horse saddles. The Australian fashion industry is also making its mark worldwide, with the government injecting 380 Million into its fashion and design industry.
Why the “industrial” in the sewing machine
Sewing has a colossal history starting from 4000 BC and slowly developing too small scale sewing machines during the 19th century and finally the development of electronic sewing machines in the 20th century. Sewing machines made especially for industries are tailored to fit large scale usage and the daily wear-and-tear of these massive production lines.
Industrial vs domestic
There are mainly two types of sewing machines out there: domestic and industrial sewing machines. Domestic sewing machines are small machines made to focus on a single task while operated by a single person and can do various tasks for the user. On the other hand, industrial sewing machines are heavy-duty machines that perform single dedicated sewing tasks for long periods. These have many motors and different replaceable parts.
The best industrial sewing machines have :
Resilience: this is an obvious character required in any industry, considering that the machine would be used for considerable periods to meet the different targets.
Efficiency: The fabrics industry, like all industries, is profit-centred, meaning that the machines they use must have the minor consumption and the highest output. This would help companies to maximise profit while decreasing the cost price of the final product.
Safety: No organisation wants to put its employees at risk. All heavy-duty machines have safety hazards due to their size, so minimising possibilities for accidents is a must.
Flexibility: With the advent of electric sewing machines, design freedom has gone up exponentially compared to the past. The fashion industry of today has a fickle mind with trends changing every day. There should be enough flexibility in the sewing machines to keep up with these trends to cater to different types of cloth and designs.
Maintenance: Heavy-duty machines such as this require a considerable amount of maintenance if we expect them to perform their best daily. I think we can all agree that user manuals are the most ignored reading material in the world. Still, in this case, it is essential that these are read and followed. Without proper maintenance, a break down wouldn’t be unexpected and heavy machines like these tend to have many different parts that would cost a fortune to fix or replace.
Importance in the world stage
The application of these machines is widespread. Everything from the aviation and automobile to the agriculture and construction industries employs them. The market for these machines in the world market is ever-increasing. With the textile market revenue soaring every year, we can’t expect the demand to change soon.
Apart from this, the local market of Australia also doesn’t seem to be showing any decrease in its appetite for newer designs and unique material hence, removing any doubt about the textile industry of this country.