Posted by David Rodriguez on 7/30/18, 2:52 PM
With a curiosity for the newest printing technologies, I dove into wide-format digital printing nearly 10 years ago. The experience of running, designing and manufacturing my brand in the fashion industry for more than three decades prepared me for the large-format printing and finishing industry. But also over the years, we have seen a decline in the manufacturing of products with sewing and manufacturing in the United States. Our skilled labor force has dissipated due to our lack of education and training. Now is our time to once again reestablish the meaning of “Made in the USA.”
The finishing process in our industry has always created a challenge for both large and small companies. The series of actions to achieve results can be challenging with finding skilled labor, buying the right machine or equipment and setting up an efficient workflow. Managing these goals in alignment with your budget and growth expectations is key to producing results with higher margins, creating jobs and bringing manufacturing back to the United States.
Finishers in our market need to be versatile and have the ability to work in a fast-paced manufacturing environment. More than just sewing on a machine, the finishing process requires an individual to be multifaceted with the capacity to handle all it entails. The diverse assortment of fabrics and materials depend on a skillful hand with the preparation, measuring, cutting, sewing, welding and finishing.
The initial preparation for the finishing process requires fabrics to be laid onto large tables to check for flaws, defects, head strikes and any discoloration in the print. Measurements and cut size are crucial in relation to the frame or structure dimensions. The fabric should be cut with the seam allowance based on the composition of the fabric and application.
Read David's full article in the newly released July/August edition of the SGIA Graphic Journal!