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Component

 

Uses

Advantages

Covered Buttons

Cushions

Curtains

Bed linen

 

 

 

Can provide an interesting contrast or blend in with background

 

Stud fastenings

Jackets

Waistbands

Bag fastenings

 

 

 

Quick and easy to use

 

 

Eyelets

Often used where lacing is used e.g. Shoes

Draw string bags

Firm when closed, roomy when open

Hard to break/destroy (prolong life of garment/product)

 

 

 

Ribbon

Fastening on aprons

Decoratively on clothes and bags

Range of colours

Decorative

Strong when knotted

 

 

 

Lace

As a decorative feature at the top of vest tops/dresses

 

Decorative

Feminine

 

 

 

Braid (tassley bits)

Lampshades

Curtains

Upholstery

 

 

Various colours available

Make a product stand out

 

 

Buckles

Belts

Shoes

Bags

Strong

Decorative

Available in a variety of sizes/styles

 

 

Zips

Dress

Jeans

Bags

Can be concealed

Strong when done up

Stay in position

 

Iron on/sew on motifs

Caps

School uniforms

Easy to apply

Individualize products

 

 

 

 

 

 

ORIGINS OF FIBRES

Natural fibres

Where the fibres come from either animals or plants.

Cotton

Produced by the seed balls of the cotton plants

Wool

Produced mainly by sheep which are shorn every year

Silk

Silk is produced by silk worms (from the cocoons of the silk moths)

Synthetic fibres

Man-made from oil-based by-products

Polyester

Produced by the polymerisation (joining up of small molecules to make large ones) of chemicals derived from oil

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