Pressing: Important Finishing Process for Garments

Pressing: Important Finishing Process for Garments
Mayedul Islam
Merchandiser at Fashion Xpress Buying House.
Badda, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Garment Pressing:
The process by which the unwanted creases and wrinkles are removed from the garments and the outlook of the garments is improved as well is termed as pressing. It is also known as ironing. Pressing is an important finishing process of garments. In garments industries there is a separate section for ironing the products. It is generally done by heated plates and electric irons in moist condition of garments.
Garments Pressing
Garments Pressing
Objectives of Garment Pressing:
The main object of pressing is to improve the outer appearance of the garments. However, the objects of pressing include much more:
  • Removal of unwanted creases and wrinkles: During garments manufacturing, creasing occurs in garments due to operator’s handling and for tying up garments tightly in boxes. To remove these creases and unwanted wrinkles pressing is to be done.
  • Hiding imperfections: Pressing can hide a multitude (huge number) of garment’s imperfections and faults such as puckered seam and neps.
  • To apply creases where necessary: Sometimes in garment we may need to apply some permanent creases such as pleats in shirts and for that purpose we have to apply creases or folds by pressing. Sometimes the pressing is done before sewing though after sewing it is also common.
  • Shaping: Dart and seam are used to make garments properly fit with the shape of human body. To make these darts more attractive, pressing is applied which is known as shaping. The part of garment may have to be shrunk or stretched for shaping.
  • Under pressing: For sewing easily and properly pressing is done on some parts of garments before sewing, which is called under pressing. Under pressing is done in manufacturing jackets, trousers, coats, etc. They also require final pressing.
  • Final pressing: The pressing which is done before packing the garments is known as final pressing. By final pressing the garments become glossy (silky). 
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Mazharul Islam Kiron is a textile consultant and researcher on online business promotion. He is working with one European textile machinery company as a country agent. He is also a contributor of Wikipedia.

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