Cut and Sew Knitwear vs. Fully Fashioned Knitwear - What's the difference?

When it comes to knitwear, there are two main types of knitwear production: cut and sew knitwear and fully fashioned knitwear. Each method of garment construction has its own advantages and should be used based on aspects of your finished product that include hand, drape, etc. In this article, we will break down each knitwear process for commercial production.

What is Cut and Sew knitwear?

Cut and sew knitwear is made from a pre-made fabric that has already been cut into individual panel shapes. The fabric garment pieces are then sewn together with special stitches to create clothing items.

This type of knitwear is the most common method and is cheaper to produce than fully fashioned knitwear, as it requires less labor. However, the finished products often look less polished, as there are often visible seams between the pattern pieces.

Cut and sew knitwear starts with the knitting machines first creating flat fabric, which is then cut into separate panels of each part of the garment (one front panel, one back, two sleeves). These pieces are then sewn together with industrial sewing machines to create the finished product. This method requires less equipment than fully fashioned knitting but it does produce seams that can be bulky or cause the garment to fit poorly.

What is Fully fashioned knitwear?

Fully fashioned is the more traditional type of knitting, where each piece of clothing is made entirely from scratch. This means that the fabric is knitted into shape by a knitting machine and then sewn together.

Fully fashioned knitwear is often seen as being of a higher quality than cut and sew knitwear, as it is made from a single piece of fabric. The seamless garment has a neater finish since it has no unsightly seams on the entire garment. However, fully fashioned knitwear is also more labor-intensive and therefore tends to be more expensive.

Which type of knitwear is better?

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to cut and sew vs fully fashioned knitwear - it really depends on your personal preference. Fully fashioned clothing works best for patterned designs while cut and sew clothing tends to be more economical because fewer materials are needed. Both fully fashioned and cut and sew knit garments will last longer if they are cared for properly after purchase by following the proper care instructions on the tag of each item.

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