One of the many advantages to working with Tamoda Apparel in Vancouver, British Columbia is the two hour flight. I can be on the factory floor before 11am the same day by catching a 7am direct flight from San Francisco Airport. I also work closely on a regular basis with the development room on the small details, new concepts and ideas. A few days ago I flew up to do an inline inspection during KUIU’s production and I thought you may enjoy seeing the inside of this process. I find production fascinating, there are so many little steps that go into making a product. I have to tell you, seeing KUIU’s product line on the factory floor after 18 months of hard work, design and development is incredibly rewarding and exciting.
Preparing the fabric for the laser pattern cutting table.
Laser pattern cutting table. You can see the different parts and sizes of the garments they are preparing to cut.
Laser cutter in action. The fabric is pulled onto this specialized table and held in place with vacuum. The laser cutter cuts precise patterns every time, which makes for a better fitting and better quality garment. This machine will cut several layers of fabric at once and help speed up the production process. These are VERY expensive.
Embroidery Room with dozens of embroidery machines.
The KUIU logo on one of the Merino 185 Neck Gaiters.
Janet the embroidery room manager inspecting KUIU’s quality.
The Spindrift Jackets lined up for embroidery.
The Spindrift after it has been embroidered.
The KUIU logo in the embroidery computer.
Quilting patterns for the Spindrift Jackets.
Spindrift Quilting Patterns showing both sides of the body of the jacket.
Laser Cutting Macheine for glued pockets and glued zipper panels. Here Mandy the laser cutting manager is checking on the glued pockets for the inside of the Chugach Jackets.
Laser Cut Pockets ready to be heat bonded to the Chugach Jacket. The white film is the protective covering of the Bemis Heat Sealing Adhesive.
Two technicians working with a heat press and the hem line for the Guide Jacket. They are activating and setting the Bemis glue with heat and pressure. Very tedious work.
Adding the heat and pressure to the Bemis glue on the Guide Jacket hem.
The final inspection and thread trimming, technicians review each garment and trim any excess thread and make sure the sewing is perfect.
The garments are then blown to remove any small cutting of thread or lint then sent to be packaged. Here are two Attack Pants getting ready to be folded, banded and boxed for shipment to our warehouse.
I hope you found it interesting to see part of the process of what goes into KUIU’s products. Please let me know your thoughts and questions.