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The Right Finishing Tool for the Job

(February 2007) posted on Mon Feb 05, 2007

Specialty equipment to keep those projects moving out the door.

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By Peggy Middendorf

Cutting printed fabric can lead to fraying ends and loose threads, as well as the possible need for reprinting. The HSGM Heat Cutter can solve this problem with its hot technology: Heating up to 600? C in 6-8 seconds, it cuts and seals the fibers of thermoplastic substrates (polyesters and other synthetic materials).

The company’s HSG-0 Heat Cutter works with synthetic fabric, cords, ropes, bands, and belting fabric. The tool is best used forfebruary 2007 | cutting small quantities of fabric; HSGM recommends this hand-held heat cutter for short-time operation. In addition, because of its sealing capabilities, the tool should only be used to cut single-layer fabrics (otherwise, the layers will be melted together).

Various blades are available, depending on the substrate and type of cut desired.


A stitch in time

Finishing banners by sewing pole pockets and hems is standard in many shops. But, let’s face it, the $99 Singer from Wal-Mart won’t cut it when it comes to sewing two or more layers of vinyl. Shops need an industrial sewing machine that’s built for heavy-duty 8+ hr/day output on thick, hard-to-sew materials. In addition, shops need speed and, again, home machines typically aren’t up to the task-home machines sew up to just 800 stitches/min, whereas industrial sewing machines can reach 9000 stitches/min.

The Consew 206RB-5 is an industrial sewing machine that can handle heavy-duty materials such as leather, vinyl, synthetics, canvas, and laminated products. It features speeds up to 3300 stitches/min (depending on thread and substrate), has a locking stitch regulator to prevent changes in stitch length due to vibration, and includes a walking foot to assist the fast feeding of the material.


Pocket pouch

While not quite fitting into your pocket, Drytac’s new Pocket Gopher does offer an alternative to a costly wide-format laminator that can also devour more than a bit of floor space. Capable of encapsulating posters and graphics as large as 12 x 18 in., the Pocket Gopher operates at speeds up to 25 in./min and is simple to use: Insert the graphic into a pouch and feed into the heated rollers. The laminator features temperature control, reverse mode, and indicator lights. It’s compatible with pouch thicknesses up to 10 mm, and will laminate products such as posters, menus, business cards, luggage tags, and more.