In the world of textiles, there are numerous types of fabrics available, each with its own unique characteristics and manufacturing techniques. One such fabric that has gained popularity in recent years is tubular fabric. Tubular fabric is a versatile and innovative material that offers a range of advantages in various applications. In this blog, we will take a closer look at tubular fabric, exploring its definition, manufacturing process, properties, and its diverse applications.
Defining Tubular Fabric
Tubular fabric, as the name suggests, is a type of textile fabric that is constructed in a tubular shape, resembling a hollow cylinder. Unlike traditional fabrics that are woven on a loom with a flat width, tubular fabrics are produced on a circular knitting machine. This unique construction method creates a seamless tube with no side seams, allowing for greater flexibility and stretch in all directions.
Manufacturing Process
The production of tubular fabric involves circular knitting machines that utilize a continuous loop of yarn to create a seamless tube. The process begins with a yarn feed, where the yarn is introduced into the machine. The machine then forms a continuous loop and begins the knitting process. As the machine operates, the needles knit the yarn in a circular motion, interlocking the loops together to form the tubular structure.
Properties of Tubular Fabric
1. Seamless Construction: One of the key characteristics of tubular fabric is its seamless construction. The absence of side seams eliminates the risk of irritation or discomfort caused by traditional seams, making it ideal for garments and accessories that require a high level of comfort.
2. Stretch and Flexibility: Tubular fabric offers excellent stretch and flexibility due to its construction. It can expand in all directions, providing a comfortable fit and ease of movement. This property makes it suitable for sportswear, activewear, and other garments that require freedom of movement.
3. Versatility: Tubular fabric comes in a wide range of materials, including cotton, polyester, nylon, and blends of various fibers. This versatility allows for the creation of different textures, weights, and finishes to suit various applications.
4. Breathability and Moisture Management: Depending on the choice of fibers and knitting techniques, tubular fabric can offer excellent breathability and moisture-wicking properties. This makes it suitable for activewear, underwear, and other garments where moisture management is crucial.
Applications of Tubular Fabric
l Apparel: Tubular fabric finds extensive use in the apparel industry. It is used in the production of T-shirts, tank tops, dresses, leggings, socks, and underwear. The stretch and seamless construction make it comfortable to wear and allows for easy customization of designs.
l Accessories: Tubular fabric is also used in the creation of accessories such as scarves, headbands, neck gaiters, and wristbands. Its versatility and stretchability make it a popular choice for these items.
l Sportswear and Activewear: The stretch, flexibility, and moisture-wicking properties of tubular fabric make it an excellent choice for sportswear and activewear. It is often used in the production of athletic leggings, compression garments, sports bras, and athletic t-shirts.
l Medical Applications: Tubular fabric has also found applications in the medical field. It is used in the production of compression stockings, bandages, and sleeves for post-surgical support. The seamless construction and stretchability provide comfort and aid in the healing process.
ST-TFIM Tubular Fabric Inspection Machine
The ST-TFIM Tubular Fabric Inspection Machine is designed for efficient inspection of tubular fabric on both sides in a single pass operation. The machine has the following features:
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1. Fabric Rolling Drawer: The upper delivery mode reduces fabric tension, making it more convenient for inspection.
2. Controllable Inspecting Speed: The inspecting speed can be adjusted using an inverter to match the requirements.
3. High Voltage Dispenser for Lighting System: This device provides electricity power wirelessly to the fabric checking box.
4. Multi-size Inspecting Lighting Cabinets: The machine can handle fabric widths ranging from 18” to 50” with the help of a magnetic block in the bottom that suspends automatically against the roller to eliminate crease marks.
5. Two Modes of Fabric Layout: The machine can operate fabrics from roll to roll or plaited.
6. Easy Operation Panel: The machine can be operated smoothly with just a few push buttons.
7. Remote Foot Pedal: This feature is included for more convenient operation.
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Tubular fabric is a remarkable textile that offers a range of benefits due to its seamless construction, stretch, and flexibility. Its applications span from everyday apparel to specialized industries such as sportswear and medical textiles. As designers and manufacturers continue to explore its potential, we can expect tubular fabric to revolutionize the way we think about comfort, performance, and functionality in textiles.