Hi everyone, it’s me again, Antonella!
Today I’m going to talk you about the mirror manufacturing process, the first control that has to be done after the weaving of the single pieces of each sweater (neck, front, back and sleeves) produced by the loom and after assembled and prepared to create finished garments. Once we receive the woven pieces, we start by placing them in a kind of overhead projector and we stretch them with a transparent iron shape spatula. During this stage, we examine meticulously in backlight the neckline and the edges.
The stretched piece of sweater
The mirror manufacturing process is a very important one: the imperfections can be various, of different kinds and sizes, so little that they can escape an untrained eye. There can be stretch marks, defects in workmanship, up to the most common “hole” resulting in the breakage of one or more threads. In these cases, the operator has to decide if to discard the piece, which will be recreated, or to move on to the next stage of mending. Moreover, it’s important to control that the number, the colour and the size of the pieces are in conformity with the requests on the arrival note.
The mirror manufacturing process
All this happens maintaining a certain speed! Are you worried? And I didn’t tell you about the technical aspects yet! For example, in case of a defect it’s important to know the different properties of the yarns because they allow you to immediately understand if it’s better to repair the piece or not. Anyway, I know that it sounds like a simple and boring job, but it’s absolutely not at all. To carry out a truly impeccable control, it’s important to have good experience and technical skills, and to remember that, if there are other steps to follow, a job well done at the beginning will lead to a better final result. Obviously, speed and manual skills are acquired after a long time and with a lot of practice. I arrived to the mirror manufacturing method after a couple of years in the mending division, which I thought was absolutely the most difficult! Instead, I can assure you, it’s not like that, because it’s a job that requires precision and attention. You will never finish learning and improving to reach very high quality standards, the true pride of our company.