Quality is popular. Many speak of quality. Producers, retailers, and customers-all of them demand quality. And in the sewing industry, product quality always means seam quality. There is no product quality without seam quality. This applies for all applications and all the areas of the sewing industry.
Only few modern comforts have such a direct influence on our wellbeing as our clothes do, which we wear directly on our skin. No other technology virtually touches us in this way. And the art of producing clothes is one of the oldest technologies developed by the human race. Even the people of the ice age protected their bodies from the cold with fur and nettings of plant fibres. This protective function of clothing has been the same ever since. But protection from cold, heat and the weather are only some of the modern demands. There is also the human desire for beauty. For thousands of years, clothes have had a decorating function, too.
Now as then, we think of fashion and beauty and of function when we think of clothes. Seams can have a great influence on both. Seams are the connecting element, they make clothes from fabrics. They are often decoration and have the most various functions. Seams are tear proof, elastic, soft, watertight, weather-proof, easy care, depending on the given requirements. And they are always decisive for the product quality.
Almost all home textiles have seam connections. Awnings, mattresses, quilts, upholstery, curtains, bed spreads-they all need seams to give them their desired form. First priority for seams on home textiles is their holding and fixing function. Seams on awnings connect individual fabric webs to make one big awning for protection from the sun. Seams on mattresses connect a piece of fabric with the desired fleece lining to make a soft bed. Upholstery seams form individual fabric pieces into three-dimensional covers. If the seams are visible on the outside of the finished model, they have an additional decorating function. Decorative seams on upholstery or decorative top-stitching on quilts are good examples here.
In the area of home textiles, seam and product quality are linked closely. A broken seam on a sofa, a rippled seam on curtains, or a weather-related torn seam on an awning ruin a products quality as a whole. Reworking or repairing such problems is often very time consuming and often very expensive, too. This is another motivation for producing quality.