Ultra-soft stretch velour produced on an HKS-3M brings a touch of cosiness to apparel
The supersoft, stretch, high-end velour fabric on this page is setting the trend in the apparel sector. This cuddlesome textile caresses the skin and body. With its gentle drape, it contours the female form with seductive lines, and its attractive shimmer adds a touch of glamour.
It can be used to produce eyecatching evening wear, which emphasising the body, as well as comfortable lounge wear for relaxing on the sofa. The ultra-comfortable pieces range from silky pyjamas, through tracksuits, to bathrobes and under garments, and have also been acceptable attire for the street since 2017. This casual look is in high demand from both men and women alike, especially during the cold months of the year.
Behind this warp-knitted textile, with its high powers of seduction and exceptional wear comfort, is a machine that delivers maximum performance. The fabric was produced on an HKS 3-M, 280″, in E 32 on KARL MAYER’s stand at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2018 in Shanghai. To produce the fabric, ground guide bars, GB 2 and GB 3, worked a counter-notation tricot lapping from polyester, FDY and elastane. GB 1 was also processing polyester. In combination with a textured microfibre yarn as a DTY version, an extra-fluffy surface was produced after raising.
The underlaps made from the microfibre yarns are raised to produce the velour layer – a process that requires experience and know-how. With stretch fabrics in particular, there is a danger that the fabric will tear if the process is not carried out correctly. As long as all the processing stages are managed correctly, a durable, easy-care fabric can be produced. The technology of warp knitting means that the fibres in the pile of the textile have a high pullout resistance, since the pile-forming layer is firmly tied into the ground by stitches.