Enhancing Compression Garment Design with Tailored Narrow Elastic Fabrics

December 18, 2023.

In the dynamic landscape of compression garments, the integration of narrow elastic components is a pivotal factor that significantly influences the equation. This deliberate integration empowers our customers to fulfill their commitment to crafting garments that not only prove effective but also deliver unmatched comfort and support. Leveraging decades of expertise as a leading narrow elastic fabric designer and manufacturer, we recognize the crucial role these elastics play in the success of compression and post-operation garments. In this article, we illuminate key considerations every compression garment developer should bear in mind when envisioning and designing the next generation of waistbands, straps, foldovers, and hook-receptive elastics.

The Essence of Elasticity: Stretch and Recovery

At the heart of compression garment design lies the fundamental understanding that elasticity is not merely a feature; it’s the lifeblood of these garments. Stretch and elastic recovery form the heartbeat that enables compression garments to exert continuous, consistent pressure on the human body. In our pursuit of designing custom elastics, we acknowledge the responsibility they bear – to ‘remember’ and maintain their shape, ensuring comfort during extended wear and intense recovery periods.

The Art of Construction: Knitted and Woven Elastics  

Crafting perfect waistbands, straps, foldovers, or hook-receptive elastics is far from a one-size-fits-all approach. The knit or woven construction, paired with the choice of elastomeric yarns, contributes to the distinctive characteristics of our narrow elastic fabric. Understanding that each garment serves a unique purpose and targets specific body areas, we adopt a tailored approach. From material selection to construction methods, our goal is to align the design with both comfort and effective compression.

In the realm of compression garments, achieving suitable and stable pressure is non-negotiable. The choice between low, medium, or high elastomeric fibers depends on the garment’s purpose. Sportswear or body shaping garments may find their match in low or medium elastomeric fibers, while medical-grade compression demands the resilience of high elastomeric fibers to attain the desired pressure. Our expertise lies in navigating this fine balance to ensure optimal functionality across diverse applications.

Selection of Elastomeric Fibers and Yarns for Elastics 

Upon grasping the objectives of our clients, we leverage their insights and guidelines as a foundation for our design team to craft tailored construction recommendations. This involves a meticulous selection of yarns and elastomeric fibers, including the integration of nylon 6 or nylon 66 filaments, or the introduction of textured yarns, strategically chosen to meet specific requirements such as stretch levels, recovery, overall performance, aesthetic appeal, and desired hand feel.

Thorough testing is pivotal in ensuring the narrow elastic fabric solutions we create align with high standards for endurance and resilience. Stability under dyeing and finishing conditions, compatibility with non-elastic yarns, and resilience during standard washing procedures are indispensable considerations we conscientiously address in our unwavering pursuit of excellence.

The Invitation to Innovation

As you embark on the creation of the next generation of compression and post-operation garments, we invite you to partner with us – your dedicated ally in the world of narrow elastic fabric design. With a legacy of over 115 years, we bring not just experience but an unwavering commitment to excellence. Let’s explore together the possibilities, innovate without boundaries, and redefine the future of compression garment design together.

Contact us for a discovery meeting, where your vision meets our expertise.