Sewing machine needles for the clothing industry
Seams must hold – especially on clothing. This was true when clothing served only to protect, and is equally true today, when fashion trends and functionality play a much larger role. This poses new challenges for seams. They must not only be up to aesthetic requirements, the ever increasing variety of materials sewn includes very fine and sensitive fabric. 'Wearable technology' is computer technology built in to clothing and accessories and is really just another buzzword for the growing and many-sided demands.
These conditions require many different needles to handle material gently and in accordance with application. Groz-Beckert offers the appropriate sewing machine needle for every seam. Whether for standard applications or for special requirements, Groz-Beckert's proven quality and innovative solutions will make your item of clothing perfect.
The innovative needle geometry
A perfectly formed loop is the basis for flawless and high quality seams, which are significantly influenced by the geometry of the sewing machine needle employed.
Groz-Beckert's unique Loop Control® needle geometry is an intelligent solution for lockstitching and chainstitching. Secure loop formation minimizes skipped stitches and the sewing thread is treated with maximum care thanks to the special geometry of the groove. Moreover, the Loop Control® geometry of the needle gives it better stability and the needle deflects less, leading to less needle breakage and less damage to points.
All told, the Loop Control® geometry boosts the stability of the sewing process, thereby leading to increased productivity.
Find out more about Loop Control® geometry in the data sheet Loop Control®.
The titanium nitride coating
Demanding sewing processes, such as the stitching of hard materials or combinations of materials, often lead to premature wear of sewing machine needles.
The special GEBEDUR® coating from Groz-Beckert gives the needle a higher degree of hardness. The titanium nitride coating makes the needle more wear-resistant, particularly protecting against damage around the point and eye. This extends the service life of the needle, ultimately leading to consistently high seam quality and increased productivity.
Special application needles SAN® 10 and SAN® 10 XS
Perfection in processing fine knitted and woven fabric
Clothing made of fine and very fine fabrics is currently in fashion. Especially for underwear and sportswear, wear comfort and skin-friendliness are priority, alongside elegance and aesthetics.
To satisfy these demands, the manufacture of such products requires sewing machine needles which are gentle on very fine fabric and prevent damage to material.
The special application needles SAN® 10 and SAN® 10 XS from Groz-Beckert measure up to these requirements. The blade geometry is especially gentle on fabrics and makes for virtually trouble-free sewing without damaging the fine material. Moreover, the specially adapted eye geometry improves thread glide and reduces thread and needle breakage, as well as skipped stitches.
Learn more about special application needles SAN® 10 and SAN® 10 XS in the data sheet SAN® 10.
Special application needle SAN® 6
For sewing applications with high stability requirements
Various different challenges must be overcome when processing medium-heavy and heavy materials. In particular, the high penetration force and its associated needle deflection often lead to needle breakage.
The special application needle SAN® 6 from Groz-Beckert has been designed specifically for the sewing of denim and similar fabrics. The Loop Control® geometry and a special reinforcement in the blade area give it increased stability compared with standard needles. This significantly reduces needle breakage. The larger eye of the SAN® 6 also enables the sewing thread to glide through unhindered. This results in fewer skipped stitches and thread breakages compared with standard needles.
Find out more about the special application needle SAN® 6
The MR needle
For automatic sewing processes with multi-directional function
Automated sewing systems are becoming more popular in the sewing industry. Yet loop formation can often become unstable, especially when changing sewing direction.
Standard needles frequently reach their limits in multi-directional applications. This can result in sewing problems such as needle breakage, sloppy seams (due to skipped stitches or thread breakage) and damage to material.
The MR needle from Groz-Beckert has been fine-tuned to meet these challenges. The asymmetric thread guiding area in the eye facilitates – also when changing sewing direction – stable loop formation. The very deep and long scarf allows the hook or looper to be positioned very close to the needle for optimum thread protection.
This provides high security against skipped stitches, reducing needle and thread breakage.
Learn more about the MR needle in the data sheet MR needle.
From blindstitch needles to cloth points
Proven Groz-Beckert quality is, of course, not only present in special application needles. With over 3,000 different product types, there is a needle for every application.
Whether sewing buttons, blindstitch seams or flat and joining seams – with needles from Groz-Beckert, every seam comes out perfect. The special point shape of button needles ensures improved sew-on quality and less damaged buttons. The very thin yet strong blindstitch needles ensure invisible but secure exterior seams.
Sewing machine needles from Groz-Beckert are moreover available with many different points in order to guarantee smooth sewing with different materials. For knitted and woven fabrics of all kinds there are cloth points which protect the stitching by pushing the material aside when the needle pierces.
Find more product details on our Customer Portal.
The new SAN® 10 XS
The special application needle SAN® 10 XS is now thinner and even more gentle on the material. Learn all about that in our Groz-Beckert magazine.to the article
With Smart INH, all needle changes are documented and stored digitally. The need for physical storage is removed – saving time and storage space.to INH Quality Management
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The textile industry has experienced great change over the last decades. Due to rising labor costs in Western countries, much of production has been transferred to other countries.
These are primarily Asian countries such as China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Bangladesh, and increasingly Central African countries such as Ethiopia.
Although the contribution to economic growth in these countries is big, production and working conditions often do not meet international environmental and social standards and production processes are not adequately efficient. The necessary adaptations - insofar as they are carried out – have a direct effect on manufacturing costs. The competitiveness of these production sites decreases with rising labor costs. This leads to a renewed transfer of the clothing industry, currently heading in the direction of Africa.
Groz-Beckert accepts this challenge and is active in over 150 countries around the world with a network of distributors, subsidiaries, representatives and dealers.
Customers unwilling or unable to spend much money on clothing make up a large part of pricing pressure. Intense competition for production orders from internationally known brands aggravate the situation.
This exposes manufacturing companies to high price pressure and forces them to produce cheaply, yet nevertheless offer high quality products. A result of this pricing pressure is the transfer of production to low-wage countries. Another is the need for 100%-reliable production and logistics processes. This requires sub-suppliers such as engine fitters, thread manufacturers and needle producers to constantly improve the efficiency of their products and services.
Make Groz-Beckert your partner for sewing-machine needles and related services. Boost your productivity and efficiency with high quality products and service prior, during and after the production process.
Learn more about the sewing products and services of Groz-Beckert on our Customer Portal
Fashion trends change constantly and ever more often. The buzzword is Fast Fashion. The anti-cyclical production of clothing reinforces this challenge. Clothing manufacturers must be able to quickly react to new trends,
and must always be sure to deal in precisely those products currently demanded by customers and necessary for the time of year. This requires short response time, low through-put times and efficient supply-chain management.
Changing fashion trends and working with new material, or using innovative production processes, often go hand-in-hand. Clothing manufacturers must be able to respond – but this is usually only possible with reliable partners in engineering and in thread and tool manufacturing.
Groz-Beckert always stands by your side with innovative sewing-machine needles and services adapted to constantly changing demands. Groz-Beckert also helps you respond quickly to market demands with a worldwide distribution network and proper logistics service.
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Clothing is usually manufactured by hired labor. Brand owners and retailers give various specifications to sewing businesses. They range from the highest possible quality to specifying production processes.
Sewing businesses must not only deliver flawless products, but also ensure that no production residue such as broken needles or parts remain on the finished articles of clothing.
This must be warranted by flawlessly functioning production and control process, which in turn leads to additional cost and time demands, thereby diminishing productivity.
Would you like to learn how Groz-Beckert can improve your sewing process? Everything about INH Quality Management (Ideal Needle Handling), which manages handling of sewing-machine needles in textile businesses, under INH Quality Management
In addition to the challenges posed by general requirements, the manufacture of clothing can throw up various application issues.
An application problem that often crops up in the manufacture of clothing is material damage. Skipped stitches, sloppy seams and technical problems such as needle and thread breakage can negatively affect productivity and quality.
For this reason it is important to precisely adjust the machines, to choose the right thread and employ the right sewing-machine needle. Of course, the quality of the source material selected must also be adequate.
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