Socks are something that each of us comes into contact with every day. Have you ever wondered how socks are made? The following content introduces the entire course of socks manufacturing.
The entire socks manufacturing process involves many steps. In general, we can divide it into seven steps.
• Knitted socks
• Attach/sewn socks
•Matching and labeling socks
1. Mode coding
The customer sends the customized design of socks to the manufacturer, and the manufacturer forwards the design to the professional coding department. They have rich experience in handling the machine mechanism and sock pattern, which makes the customer’s design come to life.
The first thing the coder has to do is to convert the customer’s vector design into a bitmap and then into a code that the knitting equipment can understand. Each pixel of the bitmap design is a signal indicating that a thread with a specific color will be knitted.
2. Yarn preparation
There are two important factors in yarn preparation, namely: composition and color. These two elements help the manufacturer choose the right combination for the customer’s custom socks design.
You may be wondering what is behind this gorgeous pair of socks that you have. Well, it’s yarn. Hosiery yarn is a term that refers to a specific type of yarn and is also a general yarn category. Loosely defined, you can say that sock yarn is any yarn used to knit custom socks. It can be worsted or lace-weighted and can be made from any fiber in the sun.
3. Knitted socks
Through programming codes, multiple needles are used to knit various threads into a series of interwoven loops. The computer customized socks knitting machine runs fast and can be programmed effortlessly to make all kinds of customized socks at low prices.
At this time, perform the first internal inspection to avoid errors in length, trimming, interlocking, etc.
4. Attach/sewn custom socks
Knitting is achieved through a cylindrical tube, which is why manufacturers need a sewing process to connect the separated toe parts. It is usually executed by a machine and is very fast.
In most cases, this process is done manually, which wastes a lot of time. Since custom knitted socks are sewn at one time, skilled workers can simply find out defective socks and remove them from most socks. This is the second online inspection.
5. Boarding socks
The boarding procedure ensures that the socks are kept in good condition, so they can be easily paired and packed. Another benefit of the boarding process is that withstanding steam under a fixed temperature and pressure helps to keep the socks soft and clean. After boarding the plane, the customized knitted socks will naturally dry out.
6. Marking and matching socks
This is the final inspection stage to check whether there are any deviations in the customized socks. The left and right socks are paired and transferred to the label. You can decide to use straps or hangtags to mark the socks.
After the labeling stage, the pair of socks are moved for packaging. It is carried out according to the customer’s style and needs. After packaging, the customized socks can be shipped.
What are the raw materials for socks customization?
The quality, structure, and knitting type of raw materials are the main parameters that affect the performance and comfort of socks. In the socks manufacturing process, various fibers are used according to the customer’s requirements and purposes. The raw materials used to make socks are part of the following fiber varieties: Coolmax, cotton, nylon, Merino wool, polyester, acrylic, Sulcool, Lycra, elastic, combed yarn, ring-spun yarn, melange yarn, polypropylene, twisted Yarn, recycled yarn and more.