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Obertshausen - Warp knitting builder Karl Mayer has been exploring the capabilities of its latest raschel technology to develop a lace fashion hybrid garment that can be worn universally and is also extremely efficient to produce.

Half bodysuit, half swimsuit, the fabric for this street & beachwear was produced on an ML 41 in E 28. For this purpose, the multibar raschel machine produces fabric lines of seamlessly lined up transparent and opaque striped areas, from which – following a 90° turn – the back and front of the bodysuit can be separated easily and without much waste.

The pattern guide bars allow for incorporation of the necessary cutting marks, as well as effective designs.

"Multibar technology opens the door to interesting possibilities in terms of design," says Karl Mayer. "In particular transparent striped sections on the base of sporty Powernet within a closed ground construction can be adorned with a feminine lace touch to great effect. "

The width of the transparent and opaque areas can be changed when necessary using the threading on the ML 41. The 134" machine produces up to three such pre-made-up fabric lines simultaneously and incorporates draw threads between them for easy separation by hand. All that needs to be done to finish the garment is to stitch the side seams at the front and back together. There is no need for hems at the leg openings, says Karl Mayer, because the technology used for warp knitted textiles offers high edge stability.

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