What is Tagging Machine
Effect: A crinkled effect of tagging machine on small areas, for example waist bands, belt loops pockets and bottom hems. Helps to give the garment a worn look.
Process: The fabric is gathered before wash with a plastic tag using a tagging machine. Then when wash is done with the tag attached, the color will stay in the creases. The color shading is permanent. The 3D-creases however are not visible on the readymade garment, so the fabric will be flat. If you want the creases to be raised, you need to use permanent crinkle (A9).
Advantages : Gives good contrast by on small areas for example front pockets waist band and belt loops.
Disadvantages: On many fabrics the marks after the tag can be visible on the ready garment. Therefore it can be better to use hand needle stitch, especially on for example twill, corduroy, canvas fabric and light weight denim.
The disadvantage of this is that hand needle is slower in production. Another solution is to use a thinner needle in the tagging machine if available.
Effect: To get dry hand feel
Process: Can be used in wet process or by spraying on the garments
Advantages: Only way to get a dryer hand feel
Disadvantages: Resin is used in the wet process, or sometimes by applying resin by spraying it on the garments
Effect: To get dirty look and to change the colour of the denim.
Process: Different types of dyes are added for a short cycle in the wash
together with the garments.
Advantages: The only way to get dirty look on the garments.
Disadvantages: Tints may come off after customer wash,
and there will be shade variation between the different lots.
This can be prevented by:
-Making sure the garment is free of contamination before tinting,
so that the garments ph value is neutral.
-Using reactive dye rather than direct dye.
-Do proper fixing and rinse properly so loose dye will go away.
Effect: To get dirty look and to change actual colour on denim.
Process: Different type of dye are used by spraying or rubbing them
on the garments.
Advantages: The tint can be focused on a certain area, when the garment
normally would get more dirty when you use it, for example at front leg.
Disadvantages: Difficult to fix colour and dry rubbing problems.
This can be prevented by curing the garment in an oven/curing machine
after the tinting has been made. So tagging machine is very useful