Joining Textiles

Principles and Applications

Edited by

  • I Jones, TWI
  • G K Stylios, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Understanding the techniques for joining fabrics together in a way that considers durability, strength, leak-tightness, comfort in wear and the aesthetics of the joints is critical to the production of successful, structurally secure fabric products. Joining textiles: Principles and applications is an authoritative guide to the key theories and methods used to join fabrics efficiently.

Part one provides a clear overview of sewing technology. The mechanics of stitching, sewing and problems related to sewn textiles are discussed, along with mechanisms of sewing machines and intelligent sewing systems. Part two goes on to explore adhesive bonding of textiles, including principles, methods and applications, along with a review of bonding requirements in coating and laminating of textiles. Welding technologies are the focus of part three. Heat sealing, ultrasonic and dielectric textile welding are covered, as are laser seaming of fabrics and the properties and performance of welded or bonded seams. Finally, part four reviews applications of joining textiles such as seams in non-iron shirts and car seat coverings, joining of wearable electronic components and technical textiles, and the joining techniques involved in industrial and medical products including nonwoven materials.

With its distinguished editors and international team of expert contributors, Joining textiles is an important reference work for textile product manufacturers, designers and technologists, fibre scientists, textile engineers and academics working in this area.
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Textile technologists, fiber scientists, textile engineers and those in academia


Book information

  • Published: January 2013
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84569-627-6

Table of Contents

Types of fabric and their joining requirements. Part 1 Sewing technology: The mechanics of stitching; The sewing of textiles; Mechanisms of sewing machines; Problems relating to sewing; The quality and performance of sewn seams; Intelligent sewing systems for garment automation and robotics. Part 2 Adhesive bonding of textiles: Adhesive bonding of textiles: Principles, types of adhesive and methods of use; Adhesives bonding of textiles: Applications; Bonding requirements in coating and laminating of textiles. Part 3 Welding technologies: The use of heat sealing, hot air and hot wedge to join textile materials; Ultrasonic and dielectric welding of textiles; Laser seaming of fabrics; Properties and performance of welded or bonded seams. Part 4 Applications of joining textiles: The appearance of seams in non-iron shirts; Seams in car seat coverings: Properties and performance; Joining of wearable electronic components; Joining of technical textiles with stringent seam demands; Nonwoven materials and joining techniques; Epilogue: Joining textiles.