Joining Textiles

1st Edition

Principles and Applications

Editors: I Jones G K Stylios
Hardcover ISBN: 9781845696276
eBook ISBN: 9780857093967
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 24th January 2013
Page Count: 624
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Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles


Chapter 1: Types of fabric and their joining requirements


1.1 Introduction

1.2 The main types of natural fibre

1.3 Synthetic fibres

1.4 High performance fibres

1.5 The process of creating fabrics from fibres

1.6 Woven fabric structures

1.7 Knitted fabric structures

1.8 Non-woven fabrics

1.9 Joining fabrics: seams and stitches

1.10 Stitching in practice: the case of high performance fabrics

1.11 Alternative methods of joining fabrics: welded seams

1.12 Ultrasonic welding

1.13 Conclusions

1.14 Acknowledgements

Part 1: Sewing technology

Chapter 2: The mechanics of stitching


2.1 Introduction

2.2 The principles of stitching

2.3 Conclusion

2.5 Appendix: nomenclature and notation

Chapter 3: The sewing of textiles


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Types of sewing machine

3.3 Machine feeding systems

3.4 Machine settings and sewing quality

3.5 Needle size and point type

3.6 Stitch classification and applications

3.7 Seam classification and applications

3.8 Sewing threads

3.9 Seaming quality problems

3.10 Seam pucker: causes and prevention

3.11 Thread breakage: causes and prevention

3.12 Needle breakage

3.13 Slipped/missed stitching: causes and prevention

3.14 Uneven seams: causes and prevention

3.15 Comparing welded and sewn seams

3.16 Future trends

Chapter 4: Mechanisms of sewing machines


4.1 Introduction

4.2 The evolution of the sewing machine

4.3 Machine categorisation

4.4 Integrated stitching unit (ISU)

4.5 Types of motors used in sewing machines

4.6 Three-threa


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.

Key Features

  • Provides an authoritative guide to the key theories and methods used to efficiently join fabrics
  • Discusses the mechanics of stitching and sewing and problems related to sewn textiles, alongside mechanisms of sewing machines, and intelligent sewing systems
  • Explores adhesive bonding of textiles, including principles, methods and applications, along with a review of bonding requirements in coating and laminating of textiles


Textile technologists, fiber scientists, textile engineers and those in academia


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About the Editors

I Jones Editor

Ian Jones is Principal Research Engineer at TWI Ltd, UK.

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G K Stylios Editor

George K. Stylios is Professor of Textiles and Director of RIFleX at Heriot-Watt University, UK.

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Heriot-Watt University, UK