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How socks are made
Posted 29th November 2016 by SockShop
|Ok, so you probably knew that your Christmas socks (other Christmas presents are available), weren’t made by Santa’s elves. But do you actually know how they’re made? That’s what I thought.
So sit back and enjoy the ride as we take you on a journey into the magical world of sock creation…
Toeing the lineBut the machines only do part of the work. The material tube they create is missing the toes – a key part of the sock. While some high-end brands will hand stitch the toe seam for a perfect finish, many use automatic sewing machines to create what in the industry is called a ‘greige’ sock.
Add a bit more colour
Depending on the design and colour of the socks, at this stage some manufacturers decide to add a little bit more colour to them by giving them a dye. These will be single colour socks as more advanced patterns will be knitted into the sock.
The next step is to make the socks more, well, sock shape. This is done with a long steam. The almost completed socks are positioned on a metal tube and are steamed from within. Not only does this give them their distinctive shape, but it also helps kill all bacteria. This can go on for a few hours.