It's amazing to think that one piece of swimwear requires about 6 different types of machines for different purposes.
This is basically how the manufacturing of our swim pieces go:
The main seams are sewn with a 5 thread over locker, specially designed for stretch fabrics. Then it goes to the rubber machine that attaches the rubber usually used in the edges, then this rubber gets top stitched by a twin needle machine. After that there is a special machine for bar tacking, which is used to secure the stitches in stress points. If there is binding involved that requires another machine and if there is a special stitch like the zig-zag that requires yet another machine.
On top of that, our metal branded tags are hand sewn.
Each machine requires a specialist person to know how to use it, so when you pick up a bikini top, bikini bottom or a one piece think about the effort that has gone into making it, appreciate it and look after it.
This is Lucy, she works with another group of about 6 middle aged women in one of the external factories that make our swimwear in Sydney. Walking into the factory, seems like walking into a friend's sewing club; there is music, chatting and laughter. It seems to me that they enjoy making our swimwear.
Here at Seapia we love all things nature and all things fashion. A pretty hard combo to do right.