Today we flat-locked 100 unitards for a dance school.
While the seam choices could have been to over-lock, and/or cover-stitch the seams of our unitards, we chose to use a flat-locked seams on these garments for the following reasons:
- DURABILITY – for figure-hugging performance and stretch compression garments, where strong seams that won’t pop or crack while you are in motion is necessary! A unitard (an ankle-to-shoulder all-in-one body suit that is tight to the body) really requires long-wearing and durable seams that you can depend on. Anytime intensive movements happen in figure hugging stretch garments, such as dance routines, or gym workouts and many other sporting activities, it’s best to make sure your seams can handle the stress too! Considering also that the client is paying for a garment to last, it’s imperative the seams stay together as long as possible.
- COMFORT – as the name states, a flat-locked seam is flat. Flatter seams won’t rub on the body as much during a workout or intensive movement. How a flat-locked seam is created is by butting two pieces of fabric together, so that there is no fabric overlap creating a raised seam thickness on the inside to rub and irritate the skin.
- PROCESS – as a sewer, the less times you need to go over any seam the better… when it comes to time management! Do it once with a flat-locked seam, or do it twice with an over-lock and cover-stitch machine.
In the end, it is the client’s choice which seam type best meet their garments’ style requirements!
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