Industrial Sewing Techniques

Industrial Sewing Techniques

For the at-home seamstress, using these ten industrial sewing techniques can take your project to the next level in professionalism. These tips are easy to follow when sewing cotton, canvas, and many other fabrics. For your next textile project, contact Commercial Bag and Supply.

 


 

Industrial Sewing Techniques Guide

  1. Reduce your seam allowances. Typical home sewing patterns have seam allowances of 5/8″. For collars, cuffs, and waistbands, this larger allowance often results in the garment looking bulky. Reducing the seam allowance on enclosed seams to 1/4″ will save you time on trimming, grading, notching, and clipping.
  2. Mark your notches by using 1/8″ nips. Rather than cutting diamond shapes, nipping will make your seams less susceptible to fraying.
  3. Instead of pinning down your pattern to the fabric, hold it down with weights.
  4. Make sure your piece of fabric is large enough that you can cut and mark all the pieces needed at once.
  5. Sewing continuously will result in a cleaner looking final product. Butt your pieces end to end and stitch from one seam to another. When you get to the pressing station, then you can cut them apart.
  6. Try to sew as many seams as you can before the initial pressing.
  7. Save time by sewing flat. Sew the details first (collar, cuffs, waistband,etc.), then move on to the rest of the garment. Do as much sewing as you can before you sew together the side seams.
  8. Sew buttonholes. When you’re ready to put the actual buttons on, open the holes with a punch rather than a seam ripper.
  9. Avoid using pins as it distorts seams and slows down the process. Match corners at the start and finish of seams. Use both hands to sew and keep raw edges matched while sewing.
  10. During the final pressing, start with the details. Move to the sleeves and the body. Press your buttons from the wrong side. Allow pressed areas to cool down before you begin pressing a new section.

Custom Design For Your Imagination

Perhaps you’ve had a few late nights of tossing and turning. Your imagination is running wild, and you suddenly think of all the custom textile goods you could be creating to give that special added touch to your home or business. Commercial Bag & Supply is proud to have a team capable of helping you reach your design goals, whatever they might be.

If you’re looking for an original, but not entirely custom design, you might be interested in our burlap coffee bags. These bags are great for storage that doesn’t become an eyesore around the house or office. Each bag offers its own unique design from the original coffee bean grower or roaster. If you do want to design your own bag, we purchase wholesale burlap and can design and sew to your specifications. Some uses for custom burlap orders include:

  • Custom laundry bags
  • Vinyl record covers
  • Single bottle wine gift bags
  • Potato bags (great for Spring gunny sack races! Rep your family name!)
  • Custom Christmas stockings
  • Seasonal placemats
  • Seasonal table-runners
  • Wedding decor

Our cotton is purchased in bulk rolls so we have the opportunity to cut and sew to any design specification you can provide. Perhaps you have the idea to print your company’s logo on any number of products you use around the office or worksite – no problem. Some common uses for our cotton bags include:

  • Casino money bags
  • Bank money bags
  • Seed sample carriers
  • Mail bags
  • Custom tote bags
  • Custom laundry bags

Any of our cotton bags can be made with or without drawstring closures for your ease.

Our large rolls of raw canvas material means endless design opportunities for you. Canvas is a heavy-duty material ideal for outdoor settings including gardening and agricultural work, and even thick, protective clothing so you stay warm and safe when completing your daily tasks in cold weather. Some custom ideas for our canvas material include:

  • Tote bags
  • Laundry bags
  • Toy storage
  • Art projects
  • Placemats
  • Table-runners
  • Pencil/art supply bags
  • Curtains
  • Furniture coverings
  • Wall decor

Whatever your idea might be, Commercial Bag and Supply can help you reach your design vision with skill. Request a quote or drop us a line with your ideas!

Custom Christmas

stockingWith customizable orders of any material, you have the freedom to create holiday decorations you won’t see anywhere else. Choose from canvas, burlap, or cotton, and let your imagination run wild.

When your children rush down the stairs before the sun has even risen, let them find their goodies (or coal) in a brand new burlap stocking you designed just for them. Our burlap is so durable your children will be able to keep their stockings for years and pass them on to your grandchildren.

5333471775_7df987bb69_b Have tiny handprints you want to preserve for years to come? Order strips of canvas, set out crayons, and let your little ones have at it. Stock up on an acrylic paint color of your choice, paint a little hand, and have them stick their imprint right in the center. You’ll have a long-lasting memory of those fun, wintry nights at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and can use them as placemats even when the season is over.

 

No matter what holiday craft you have in mind, Commercial Bag & Supply can help your wintry dreams come true with a customizable order that will last for years to come.

Canvas and Burlap Home Goods

After you’ve cleared away the wedding decor, recuperated from the reception, and returned from your honeymoon, you finally walk into your new home but notice something a little…off. The place seems kind of big and empty.

Have no fear – we can help with that! We’re not just going to split after your big day, no way! Commercial Bag and Supply is here to help make your house feel just the way you imagined it would with custom canvas and burlap home goods.

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Whether you’re after that chic rustic feel, or something more prim and proper, our team is looking forward to working on your order.

Here are just a few of the home goods we’ve created in the past, but we’re always up for a new challenge.

 

Canvas Home Goods

  • placemats
  • curtains
  • furniture coverings
  • painting canvas
  • wall decor
  • drop cloths

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  • tote bags
  • wall decor
  • curtains
  • silverware holders
  • decorative pillow cases
  • table cloths

When you’re ready to warm up your home, remember to give us a call!

Your Wedding’s Missing Something…

Wedding season is in full bloom with brides and their planning committees hard at work making sure their celebration is a special, one-of-a-kind event that guests will remember and those who fail to attend will regret to miss.

With endless bridal magazines, stores, and even conventions, the options seem endless. Color schemes, ceremony themes, location scouting, and invitation designs might all seem overwhelming, but we’re ready to help settle some of the debate with our customizable burlap.

Though primarily used in agricultural and industrial operations, burlap can give your wedding the rustic but chic style you’ve been looking for. We’ve already had experience in making burlap placements, table runners, and name banners.

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Here are just a few more of our burlap wedding decor ideas:

  • party favor bags
  • aisle markers
  • program holders
  • centerpiece wraps
  • bouquet wraps
  • wedding photo album
  • signs
  • boutonniere

Whatever ideas you have, we’re confident that our staff can make your big day even more special with your custom order – just contact us!

Getting The Most From Cotton

Though you might be most familiar with cotton as a clothing fabric, the non-allergenic natural fiber has many purposes. The cotton plant is one of the most economical crops because nearly every part of the plant can be utilized: lint, cottonseed, linters, stalks, and seed hulls.

One cotton bale alone can produce 250 single bed sheets, 1,200 t-shirts, 215 pairs of jeans, 2,100 pairs of boxer shorts, 3,000 nappies, 680,000 cotton balls, or 4,300 pairs of socks. Pretty useful, huh?

Since cotton doesn’t irritate sensitive skin, its softness is preferred in making underwear and other clothing worn close to the skin. Cotton’s adaptability allows it to easily blend amongst other fibers and synthetics, and its also extremely receptive to dyes. Cotton is also used in making tents, car tire cord, fishnets, and book binding.

In addition to clothing, cotton makes an ideal medical product. Its adaptability allows the fabric to hold up to 27 times its own weight in water, and it actually becomes stronger when wet. Because of these properties, cotton is often used as a bandage or swab in the medical environment.

From the cotton seed, you can use the oil for cooking and the seed as feed for livestock—surprisingly, cottonseed provides a wealth of energy for livestock. Cottonseed can also be used in a number of industrial products like soap, margarine, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, paints, rubbers, water proofing materials, and candles.

At Commercial Bag and Supply, we order bulk rolls of cotton that can be cut and sewn to your exact dimensions. To learn more about our manufacturing process or to request a quote for your next project, please contact us here!

Burlap Canvas Art

One of our most popular fabrics is burlap. Originally from the Middle East, burlap is a durable and rugged material made from Jute. It’s used for just about anything, ranging from landscaping fabrics to bag coffee beans. Due to its natural look and durability, burlap canvas has also become popular for many DIY and ‘craftsy’ types.  One interesting use is to have burlap canvas as the base for your painting.  The fabric creates a unique, cost effective material for creating artwork for your home, office, or as a great holiday gift!

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make burlap canvas art:

Using a pre-made canvas

    1. Buy a canvas
    2. Wrap the burlap around the entire canvas

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  1. Cut the excess burlap
  2. Staple the burlap along the edges of the canvas frame

Using a cardboard box

  1. Get a cardboard box of a size you choose
  2. Cut the so the box is about 1 inch deep
  3. Wrap the burlap around the entire box
  4. Cut the excess burlap
  5. Use a hot glue gun to attach the burlap to the box
    a. Make sure to pull the burlap tight, making it as smooth as possible
    b. Fold and glue the corners neatly

Now for the creative part. Stencil or draw a silhouette of your design onto the burlap. If you’re using a stencil, make sure to have some type of adhesive to make it stick to the burlap – you don’t want the stencil to move around while you paint! A foam brush and acrylic paint tend to work best on burlap canvas. When using these supplies, a ‘blotting’ technique works best to allow paint to soak into the canvas.

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New Trend: Recycled Animal Feed Bags

If you have paid attention to recent trends over the past two years you know that thrift fashion has taken over as the new style embraced by both young and old. From hairstyles to clothing and lifestyles, the thrift wave has even caught on to the use of recycled animal feed bags as a thrifty replacement for grocery bags.

When you think about it, it makes absolute sense. Most tote bags bought by the everyday shopper are made from the exact same material as animal feed bags: polypropylene. Known for its durable and resistant qualities, polypropylene is a material commonly used in packaging, flood control, erosion, construction, and textiles. Given its environmentally friendly features, polypropylene bags are usually recycled and put to various uses. On the contrary, plastic bags tend to be messy, unhygienic, unreliable, and toxic.

Given that thrift culture is characterized by the use of recycled and second-hand materials, it was only a matter of time before someone ingeniously transformed their used animal feed bag into a thrifty grocery bag. The process is simple and instructions to make your own tote bag are easy to follow. The trend has caught on due to its fashionable style and eco-friendly benefits, sparking online interest with several do-it-yourself tutorials as well as dozens of pins on Pinterest’s recycled animal feed bags’ board.

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