Aug 2, 2008

Making of Shoelaces: A Befitting Process

Most of the times, the shoes cease to be shoes if they are not attached to shoelaces. The role of the shoes as the guard and protector of our feet, from various health hazards, is highly enhanced by the quality of their shoelaces.

These straight woven strings, made of cotton or many other fibers, come in a variety of length with two taped and plastic covered ends. These ends are called aglets. Obviously, these aglets help to tie the laces when they pass through the eyelets.

The best, most prevalent and the most common way of making of shoelaces in the United States and worldwide is the braiding-process. As the name suggests, the braiding of shoelaces is done by braiding machine. These circular in shape machines come with 44 bobbins and a holding basket.

These machine are being used for a long period. Though some innovative shoelace making machines have crept in the fashion industry these days, still the braiding machines have not become less important. There simple and easy to use mechanism make them all time favorite.

The specifically arranged bobbins work when assisted by the electric motors in the machine. These bobbins regulate their speed by the side gears. The speed of the bobbins influence comprehensively the quality or the weaving strength of the braids. For example; the slower the bobbins move, the condensed knitting we get.

Then, the long pieces of braids are sent for the tipping process. The tipping process is done by immersing the braid in acetone. Then a heated die is pressed on the braid at regular intervals. These presses ensure the actual length of the shoelaces and aglets.

The another die presses hard on the tips of the braid to modify the aglets. At last, these pieces of braids are sent to the packaging department where they are given various labels and beautiful covers according to current fashion trends of footwear.

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