Garment Technologists can be employed by manufacturers or large high-street retailers. They are involved in choosing an appropriate fabric and design so the garment can be produced within budget. They work with Pattern Graders to oversee the sizing, fitting and testing of the pre-production garments.
They experiment with dyeing and production processes and communicate with suppliers to get the right fabric at the right price. Textile Technologists often work in a supervisory or management capacity, running a team of people. They may work in production, quality control, sourcing or research and development teams.
Tailors can specialise in alterations or in sewing custom garments. Those who do alterations ensure that clothes fit customers properly. They make changes to garments, such as hemming pants to make them shorter or taking in seams to make clothing smaller.
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers Duties. Some specialise in a certain type of garment, such as custom-made men's suits. In your work as a tailor or custom sewer, you may be fitting and altering clothing, constructing garments of your own design, or sewing non-clothing items. ... Basting garment components together.
Sewing Machinists sew fabric pieces together to make clothes and soft furnishings. Much of the work is carried out using standard sewing machines, Whilst certain tasks require the use of specialist computerised machinery. When using computerised sewing machines, the Machinist loads the garments, usually collars and cuffs, into the machine.
Sewing Machinists are based in a factory, where they work as part of a team. In larger factories, a Sewing Machinist may work on one particular aspect. In the larger process, for example, stitching the side seam. In smaller companies, a multi-skilled Sewing Machinist may complete an entire garment.
Textile Technologists experiment with dyeing and production processes and communicate with suppliers to get the right fabric at the right price. Textile Technologists often work in a supervisory or management capacity, running a team of people. They may work in production, quality control, sourcing or research and development teams.
Garment/Textile Technologists can be employed by manufacturers or large, high-street retailers. They are involved in choosing an appropriate fabric and design so the garment can be produced within budget. They work with Pattern Graders to oversee the sizing, fitting and testing of the pre-production garments
The Textile Operative prepares and spins the fibres into yarns, which can then be woven or knitted into fabrics. Operatives dye and finish the fabric to produce the desired look or quality, such as stain resistance.
Textile Operatives produce natural and synthetic materials which are used for creating items made from textiles, such as clothing and carpets. They may also produce technical textiles which are used in a variety of industries, such as the aerospace, automotive and construction sectors.
Textile Machinery Technician
Textile Machinery Technicians are responsible for the up-keep of machinery in textile factories. They may specialise in one area, such as fibre preparation, spinning, winding, weaving, knitting or a finishing process.
A Technician prepares the equipment to be used in production, either manually or using a programmed setting. They fix any breakdowns and diagnose faults during the production process. They also maintain the machinery and record the work completed.
Textile Colour Technologist
Textile Colour Technologists may source and produce new pigments and dyes, checking these for properties such as colour-fastness and wearablilty. ... Textile Colour Technologists may work in the research, technical sales or service departments within a manufacturing company.
A colour technologist is in charge of colour application in the manufacturing industry. They're involved in producing colours (technically, pigments and dyes) for food items, automobiles, paper, and any other product that needs a bit of spicing up aesthetically.
Product testing, also called consumer testing or comparative testing, is a process of measuring the properties or performance of products. The theory is that since the advent of mass production manufacturers produce branded products which they assert and advertise to be identical within some technical standard.
The job of a Product Tester is very varied as different products require different tests. Shoes may need to be tested for strength or durability, which may require the use of a pulling or twisting machine. Washability and colourfastness may be tested by washing items at different temperatures. Fire resistance, water resistance and slip resistance are also important areas to test.
A Pattern Grader takes a pattern, which has been made by a Pattern Cutter, and produces scaled-up and scaled-down versions to enable manufactures to reproduce the same garment in different sizes. ... An alternative method involves scanning the outline of the pattern, which captures it with greater accuracy.
A Pattern Grader's work is sometimes carried out using hand drafting techniques and size charts, although computerised technology is more commonly used. This involves placing the pattern on a digitised table and tracing the outline. The traced pattern can then be adjusted in line with size and proportion rules. An alternative method involves scanning the outline of the pattern, which captures it with greater accuracy. Once the Pattern Grader has checked the new patterns, they are sent to the Designer or manufacturer.
Knitting Machinists need to make sure their machines have a constant supply of yarn and that they run smoothly. They may need to deal with basic technical problems and perform routine cleaning. A knitting machine can be manually or computer-operated and programmed to produce a certain type, quality and size of material. ...
Large manufacturers may have hundreds of machines running at the same time, while smaller companies may employ Knitting Machinists to produce individual, handcrafted items.
Clothing Pressers press fabrics or garments during the production process (known as under-pressing) as well in the final stages of production (usually in a garment-finishing department). In larger companies, pressing can be their main duty.
In small dry cleaning operations, pressing is likely to form only part of a job role alongside other small tasks such as dry cleaning. Clothing Pressers can use single machines or a number of different machines, depending on the type of garment and fabric. They may also use computer-controlled machinery to shape and press items.
Clothing Packers ensure items of clothing are packed in the appropriate way for distribution.
They wrap the garments in tissue or bubble wrap before folding and packing them into the appropriate container. They then need to prepare the order and organise delivery notes.
When working in mass-production, Clothing Packers need to load packing machinery with garments and packing materials, unload packing items and weigh garments ready for dispatch.
Those working for mail order companies may also be involved in checking returned garments for flaws and damage. These items may need to be cleaned and re-packaged for sale.
Extra responsibilities may include training new starters, sewing, conducting in-line checks or taking on the role of team leader.
A Pattern Cutter creates patterns based on a Designer’s drawing. There are three main ways in which a pattern can be made. The most common technique is to develop the pattern from a standard pattern ‘block', which is made of cardboard. This can then be changed and developed to fit in with the new design.
Computer packages are commonly used to create the pattern pieces, but some Pattern Cutters still work by hand, others will use a combination of both.
A Garment Technologists can be employed by manufacturers or large, high-street retailers.
They are involved in choosing an appropriate fabric and design so the garment can be produced within budget. They work with Pattern Graders to oversee the sizing, fitting and testing of the pre-production garments.
The job holder ensures that technical and administrative tasks are completed in a timely manner to support the technical personnel in the delivery of the specific piece of work or project. The role is a combination of administrative assistance and technical support. They may work with a business’ clients or may support an internal team or individual.
They normally work under direct supervision of a manager or team leader. Their responsibilities will require daily interactions with a host of staff and possibly customers as well. They must be comfortable working with minimal supervision and also working in a team setting.
The Fabric Developer is a technical fabric expert who is passionate about executing seasonal and long range developments related to specific PODs. They lead from a place of inquiry and apply reason and critical thinking to analyse and improve process and product offerings
Fabric Developer manage the collection fabrics design and development and supply according to Design teams requests whilst respecting the collection guidelines and budget. Work in partnership with Designers and Head of the studio to deliver the design brief and to develop new textile ideas whilst maintaining and revitalizing existing continuity lines to meet requirements.
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