Sewing for the Apparel Industry, Pearson New International Edition (2e) : 9781292039466

Sewing for the Apparel Industry, Pearson New International Edition (2e)

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For courses in Industrial Sewing, Introduction to Industry Methods, Sewn Product Techniques, Production Management, Workroom Techniques, and Beginning Apparel Construction.

Sewing for the Apparel Industry, 2nd Edition, focuses on the fundamental principles of garment construction, the interrelationship of assembly methods, and the elements which the designer must consider at the outset of individual design creation. It details easy-to-master production operations, while emphasising the equipment, practical skills, and sewing processes used in apparel manufacturing. Efficient and cost effective procedure descriptions complement material on the basic concept of design and desired quality, providing students with an understanding of various production methods and how they affect design decisions and relate to garment quality and labor and material costs.

Table of contents
  • 1. Overview to Apparel Production.
  • Quick Start Tutorial.
  • 2. Orientation: The Lockstitch Machine.
  • 3. Basic Machine Skills: The Lockstitch Machine.
  • 4. Other Industrial Equipment.
  • 5. Basic Production Skills.
  • 6. Seams, Types, Classifications, and Basic Plain Seams.
  • 7. More Plain Seams.
  • 8. Seam Finishes.
  • 9. Self-finished Seams.
  • 10. Hems.
  • 11. Darts.
  • 12. Facings.
  • 13. Plackets.
  • 14. Interlinings.
  • 15. Assembling the Garment.
  • 16. Bands: Cuffs and Waistbands.
  • 17. Sleeves.
  • 18. Closures.
  • 19. Zippers.
  • 20. Collars.
  • 21. Pockets.
  • 22. Bias.
  • 23. Linings.
  • 24. Knit Types and Seams.
  • 25. Hems and Edge Finishes.
  • Appendix 1: Safety Rules.
  • Appendix 2: Forms.
  • Appendix 3: Using Measuring Tools.
  • Appendix 4: Fibers, Yarns, and Fabrics.
  • Appendix 5: Hand Stitches.
  • Appendix 6: Schematics of Seams and Stitches.
  • Appendix 7: Troubleshooting Stitching and Pressing Defects.
  • Appendix 8: Basic Tools and Supplies.
  • Appendix 9: Burn Test.
  • Appendix 10: Pattern Numbers and Shapes.
  • Glossary.
  • Bibliography.
New to this edition

Quick Start Tutorial added after chapter 1–helps less-experienced students as well as students transitioning from home sewing.

  • The Quick Start Tutorial provides the essential information needed to select tools and supplies, learn the applications, and assemble the samples in the book. 
  • For novices, the tutorial introduces the fundamentals of sewing. For more experienced students, it provides a transition from home sewing methods and a helpful review.

Updated pedagogy throughout.

  • Summary and Review Questions have been added at ends of all chapters.
  • The Glossary has been expanded to include all Key Words
  • Key Words have been highlighted in the text.  

All Appendices have been revised and three new ones added.

  • Three new Appendices–Safety Rules, Burn Test, and Pattern Shapes.  

Revised and reorganized with numerous updates.

  • The chapter on Self-Finished has been revised to include the Faux French Seams.
  • Chapter 14 has been revised to include other support materials, such as sleeve heads and boosters, shoulder pads, lingerie guards, elastic, boning, waist stay, and weights.
  • The chapter on Collars has been revised to include an application for the shawl and an additional application for a notched tailored collar.
  • Unit Four: Basic Knit Applications: Seams, Hems, Edge Finishes, Bands and Cuffs, Zippers, Plackets, and Sleeves has been added at the request of reviewers. It includes Chapter 24: Knit Types and Seams, Chapter 25: Hems and Edge Finishes, and Chapter 26: More Applications for Knits. These chapters include the basic information needed to sew knits and a variety of applications.  
Features & benefits

Sample-focused workbook style–Describes each application in detail with step-by-step directions.

  • Allows students to use the book with little or no supervision and proceed at their own level. Enables instructors to assign work to students based on their individual abilities, various skill levels, aptitudes, and experiences.

Numerous sewing techniques.

  • Teaches tailoring, draping, flat pattern making, how to solve production problems, and more.

Logical organisation.

  • Introduces production applications based on frequency of use and degree of difficulty.

Lists of materials/supplies, pattern pieces and worksheets–Needed to execute technical applications.

  • Ensures students have complete and accurate directions in order to save time, develop self-reliance, and promote recall.

Evaluation guidelines.

  • Helps students become proficient in both complex applications such as collars, sleeves, pockets, and fundamental elements of hems and facings.

Sidebars–Defines fashion industry terminology.

  • Supplies students with definitions of words for machine parts and individual garment elements.

Analytical approach towards problems.

  • Increases students' efficiency, self-reliance, and knowledge, and improves their judgment.

Comparative look at sewing and equipment for the home and industry.

  • Helps students and instructors bridge the gap between home sewing and fashion industry techniques and tools with proficiency and confidence.

Threading charts.

  • Familiarises students with the know-how for the lockstitch, overlock machine, and blind hemmer.

Stitching charts.

  • Encourage students to practice technique.

Comparison charts.

  • Shows students seam finishes, facing types, plackets, and collars.
Student supplements