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ActiveSeam technology to revolutionise compression garment manufacture

The new ActiveSeam for compression is set to be introduced in a new product by a medical device company in late 2017 or early 2018.

23rd May 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Fall River, MA

Clothing/​Footwear, Medical/Hygiene, Sports/​Outdoor

The new ActiveSeam for compression is set to be introduced in a new product by a global medical device company in late 2017 or early 2018, leveraging Merrow's new MB-4DFO 2.5 series industrial sewing machine – now available through regional distribution in 87 countries.

With a flat profile and twice the stretch built into the seam, ActiveSeam garments are said to be extremely comfortable and not to restrict movement. ActiveSeam replaces Flatlock with a stronger, more elastic and more attractive seam construction that is ideal for specialised applications like medical compression garments, the company reports. ActiveSeam is also said to be almost undetectable when applied next to skin.

When compared to a six-thread flatlock seam with identical thread, fabric, and SPI, Merrow’s ActiveSeam two- and three-thread seams proved to be more than 30% stronger and had the ability to stretch (linear travel) 100% further, according to the manufacturer. With more stretch built into the seam, the garment can be designed to fit the human body better without restricting athletic movement.

ActiveSeam is suited for any application that entails a garment's seams be pressed against skin because of its extremely flat profile, flexibility and comfort. “This is great news for anyone who utilises compression wear, particularly compression garments or athletic apparel, as ActiveSeam substantially increases pliability and improves overall fit,” the company reports.

Merrow is a industrial sewing machine manufacturer located in Fall River, MA, and is owned and operated by seventh generation family members, Owen and Charlie Merrow. Merrow’s factory in Fall River houses an in-house stitch lab where Merrow specialises in custom stitch solutions and machines for diverse projects, from continuous processing and textiles to fashion and technical sewing.

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