Glued, dipped or sewn?

Glued, dipped or sewn?

Latex can be processed in several ways into garments and other items. There are basically three different techniques: gluing, dipping and sewing.

Latex sewing has not known much success because each needle stitch damages the material and especially because the yarn is not elastic as the latex. The result is slightly cracking seams. However, such a look of a seam may be desired. In such cases, an additional latex strip is usually glued under the seam, ensures its durability.

Dipping is done by immersing ceramic molds in liquid latex. In this process, a very thin layer of latex is formed with each dip. The desired material thickness can be achieved by repeating the dipping process until the thickness is reached. This method is common for gloves for example, because fingers would hardly mold otherwise. However, after dipping and drying, the latex always slightly flows, resulting in thinner and thicker areas that can easily be torn.

For latex gluing, latex sheet are used. These latex strips are industrially produced by rolling out liquid latex very evenly, and then winding them into rolls and selling them for further processing. Some renowned suppliers for this are 4d-rubber and RadicalRubber. Latex clothing designers or manufacturers can then choose from several colors and thicknesses of these rolls, make cuts and glue together.

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