Different Methods of Marker Making
Merchandiser at Fashion Xpress Buying House.
Badda, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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Marker making is one of the most important tasks in garments manufacturing industry. Accurate marker making helps to reduce fabric wastage which ultimately reduces the cost of making the garments. There are different types of marker making method used in readymade garments sector, which are explained in this article.
Different Techniques of Marker Making:
There are two different methods of marker making followed in apparel industry. Those are-
(a) Manual method,
(b) Computerized method.
Both marker making techniques have discussed in the below:
(a) Manual method:
Manual method can be done by two ways:
- Marker planning with full size pattern,
- Marker with minimized pattern.
All the above two ways have explained in the following:
1. Marker planning with full size pattern:
According to the standard measurement, all the patterns are in full dimension here. At first, all the hard patterns are placed on the paper and then those patterns are marked by turning various directions to reduce the fabric usages. Here the tables, on which the markers are placed, arranged in the way so that they do not tilt. Vacuum system is arranged here under the table for suction. This method is suitable for reducing the marker length.
2. Marker with minimized pattern:
Here, full sized patterns are reduced 1/5 part by a pantograph and the patterns are made by hard paper or plastic sheet. Marker is planned here with the small pattern pieces and after making, snaps are taken by using camera. Planimeter is used here to measure covered area of pattern lies in the marker. In case of this method, marker efficiency is determined by calculating marker area and fabric area.
(b) Computerized method:
Computerized method can be performed by two ways:
- Automatic marker making,
- Interactive method.
The above two computerized marker making method have discussed in the below:
1. Automatic marker making:
It is the most efficient marker making system. Here, the computer makes the marker itself according the command given to computer. Small pattern pieces are displayed in computer screen but full size in computer memory. Though it is time consuming method but modern automatic marker making system overcome that problem of time and needs only two minutes to make a marker.
2. Interactive method:
Interactive marker making method is a common process where the operator plans markers by connecting directly with the system through a computer screen. Here, all the pattern pieces are displayed at the top of the screen in the miniature form. Those are dragged and draped to the pre-determined place by data pen or tablet. It is less efficient and less time required than automatic marker making system.