Fabric Process

WEFT KNIT

WARP KNIT

Most swimwear is made from WARP knit fabric, but our performance fabric is a special circular WEFT knit, which has more 4-way elasticity.

Most swimwear knits are WARP KNITS – above is a German warp flat knitting machine (MOQ 2000kg).  Our fabric is a circular WEFT knit, which has more 4-way elasticity.

FRONT SIDE VIEW of warp flat knitting machine.  The big cones on top are nylon (polyamide) or polyester yarn. They are knitted with the smaller cones of spandex yarn below into fabric.

BACKSIDE VIEW of warp flat knitting machine.  The big cones on top are nylon (polyamide) or polyester yarn. The smaller cones below are spandex or Lycra. 

This is the spandex warping room. From dozens of small cones of spandex, the yarn are warped equal to the number of needles in the flat warp knitting machine.

Interesting fact: both nylon and poly come in BLACK yarn cones now, negating the need to dye greige black.

Circular knitting machine: The bigger cones on the left-hand racks are nylon (polyamide) or polyester yarn. The smaller cones on top, feeding into the knitting needles, are spandex or lycra. 

Circular knitting machine: This is the machine used for our circular weft knit fabric, 28 needles.  The bigger cones on the left-hand racks are nylon (polyamide) or polyester yarn. The smaller cones on top on the machine, feeding into the knitting needles, are the spandex or Lycra yarn.

You can see the spandex yarns feeding through the needles and down into the knitting machine.

This machine knits takes 1-2 days to thread the needles, and knits about 600 meters per day!

This machine slices the circular knitted fabric flat and the worker inspects the yardage as it winds on a roll.

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