VARIETY IS KEY TO SEWING MACHINE INTRODUCTIONS AT THE '94 BOBBIN SHOW NEW FEATURES ARE SOLVING SOME OLD PROBLEMS
Byline: RAY CLUNE
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Sewing machinery manufacturers say they'll have a wide assortment of new and updated equipment to be displayed at the upcoming Bobbin show to be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta Sept. 27-30. Juki America and Juki Latin America will exhibit about 80 industrial sewing machines and automated sewing systems. Juki plans to emphasize the sewing element as an important link in the Quick Response manufacturing chain. The display theme is "Quick Response Sewing Technology." "We're showing 25 new machines out of the 80 machines to be displayed," said Don Keeney, technical training division representative, Juki America. The Singer Co. will have a broad array of products on display. In addition to about 70 sewing machines and systems, Singer will be displaying the Bullmer line of spreading equipment for the first time. "It's a pretty well accepted product in Europe," said Michael Ferris, Singer vice-president and general manager. Now that International Semi-tech Microelectronics, the parent firm of Singer, has added Pfaff USA to its family of companies, Singer will also show a selection of Pfaff embroidery machines. Pfaff USA, formerly a part of Pfaff-Pegasus, will have its own exhibit space at the show. "We officially became Pfaff USA as of Sept. 1, 1994," said Garry Outler, vice-president of sales. "We'll have a couple of highlights at the Bobbin show. We're going to show about 24 machines." Durkopp Adler plans to show more than 60 machines. "We have several pieces of new equipment that we'll be exhibiting," said John Couch, vice-president, Durkopp Adler America, Inc. "We have some additional equipment to show for the furniture industry as well as the apparel industry." Union Special will have about 50 sewing machines to display, including about seven prototype units that the company hopes to have ready by show time. "We're trying to make our machines more useful with ergonomic features, but we have also worked on new automated equipment," said John Caschetto, director of marketing services, Union Special Corp. Brother International will be exhibiting "a full range of single- and double-needle sewing equipment, embroidery systems and automated sewing systems," said Charlie Peart, director of sales. MIM Industries, acquired by Brother Int'l this year, will also be exhibiting a full line of Brother products, Peart noted. New Brother products include the BAS47, a compact, computer-driven monogramming machine with a speed of 1,000 stitches per minute, and the B980, a keyhole buttonhole programmable sewing machine with a speed of 2,000 stitches per minute. "The model 980 will have particular interest for people doing style goods, etc., because they will be able to preprogram changes into the machine," Peart explained. "As the product changes, they can bring up the new program and make the changeover." Brother will also have a sewing module, which it created with the assistance of the Textile/Clothing Technology Corp. (TC2), to demonstrate the latest in automated sewing technology. At Juki, Keeney said the new MOL-154 two-needle automatic belt-loop attaching machine is a significant development for the sewn products trade, "and the MOL-103PCN single-needle automatic belt-loop attaching machine has a new Juki belt-loop indexer." Other new Juki products include the AMS-223C computer-controlled cycle machine and the AMS-215PSS computer-controlled cycle machine with large label clamp. For shirt production, Juki will be showing a new MO-3915-DD4/20P mock-safety- stitch machine with pucker-free device. Juki's needle undertrimmers will be shown with new servomotor systems. A new line of LH series two-needle machines will also be shown by Juki. In the sportswear, knits and lingerie category, Juki is offering two new zig-zag machines and a new lockstitch bartacker with servomotor. For tailored clothing, there is a new semi-automated, single-ply serger. Several new Juki sewing machines will be used in TC2's production line demonstration at the show. New machines to be shown by Union Special include a two-needle, differential-feed flatbed for attaching elastic to undergarments and a two-needle sleeve hemmer for hemming T-shirts. Union Special's new style 35800DWWZ902 machine for double-lap seams on jeanswear will be shown with an ergonomic stand. Another new Union Special model to be shown is style 2800ULT3162 for closing long sleeves and latchtacking. Singer's sewing machine exhibit will be a little smaller than usual "because this year we have the expansion of the spreading, computer-aided design and embroidery exhibits," said Russ Porter, director of marketing. The modular manufacturing machine that drew considerable attention at last year's Bobbin show will be shown again. "We have made some programming modifications," said Porter. "Last year, it was in the prototype stage and we had enough interest to now come forward with it as a production machine." Singer will also display an updated version of its single-needle lockstitch machine, model 1591. Porter said most of the changes are cosmetic. Durkopp Adler has made some changes to its pocket setter, which will fold and attach a pocket to a shirt front and at the same time attach a one piece flap. "We showed that last year and there was a lot of interest in it. We have made some modifications and we expect a strong interest in it again this year," said Couch. "We have some new pocket welting equipment for doing back pockets on slacks and suits." Pfaff will show a new model 3517 lockstitch buttonhole machine rated at 4,500 stitches per minute, "which makes it the fastest buttonhole machine on the market," said Outler. Pfaff will also show a new version of the 3568 automatic programmable pocket setter, which is programmable using a floppy disk. Many companies are putting special emphasis on more economical versions of high-production machines to make them available at a lower cost, particularly for some of their offshore customers. "Our emphasis is going to be on a lower line of machines. Not slimmed down necessarily, but more economical machines without as many bells and whistles," Outler added.
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