Manufacturing: Ena Shaw Contract

With the Manchester Open approaching we discover the different manufacturing processes from the exhibitors. Ena Shaw tell us about 3 different stages in the manufacturing process of their quality contract curtains…

1. Pinch Pleat Machine

ena shaw pinch pleat imageAn automated pinch pleat machine is used to manufacture pinch pleat curtains on our express line; a pinch pleat is a decorative heading for curtains and valances; suitable for all types of curtain track and pole. Pinch pleats are more gathered than other headings and have permanent sewn-in pleats for a luxurious, tailored look. This machine is also the only machine that creates loose pleats which means you can also achieve a goblet heading. Goblet pleats make an elegant heading for longer lengths; the pleats can be stuffed with cotton wool or other materials to retain their goblet shape.

In our factory, we use a fully adjustable, sliding plastic 95mm micro flex hooks. Other similar machines have the micro flex hook fixed in position but using adjustable hooks allows you to adjust your curtains to a precise drop.

2. Roman Blind Machine

ena shaw roman blind machine image webRoman blinds stack up evenly when being opened but are visibly smooth when closed, creating a uniform look and feel to them. The blinds are timeless classics that have existed over centuries; they create an elegant and sophisticated feel to any space they are installed in.

They are easily maneuvered using cords to lower or higher the blind, giving you a flexibility of light control as well as privacy management. The Roman Blind machine applies the tapes horizontally across the blind automatically which saves a lot of production time. It also allows us to make multiple Roman Blinds at the same time.

3. Conveyor Joiner

ena shaw conveyor joiner imageA conveyor joiner is used to join two pieces of fabric together quickly and efficiently. We have different types of conveyor for joining face fabrics or linings. The long conveyor belt simplifies the handling of large and heavy curtains, giving a more consistent stitch tension and allowing a greater amount of curtains to be made in a shorter time period. It produces neat, flat or over-locked joins and a professional finish.

Check out Ena Shaw’s products at stand 12 and get your ticket here


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