6 tips/13 Steps to Start Raincoat sewing Business

6 tips/13 Steps to Start Raincoat sewing Business

Start Raincoat sewing Business: When it rains, people usually make use of umbrellas, raincoats and rain booths and it is fact that spring (raining season) is constant; it comes yearly.

Aside from rains, people also make use of umbrella to protect themselves against the scorching of the sun, this goes to show that there is a large market for umbrellas, raincoats and rain boots et al.

So, if you are considering starting a business in the manufacturing sector, you should consider going into the production of umbrellas, raincoats, and rain boots et al.

It is indeed a profitable business despite the fact it is considered to be a seasonal business.

Do you know that raincoat sewing business is a money-making business and as I have noticed, it’s no more common again by people most especially during rainy season”, this is because the produce are not much and the little that is available is at a higher rate.

So if you can sew very well, it is not only clothes you should begin looking for but you can avail yourself in this business.

Even though you don’t have any sewing business idea, you can get trained and equally get started and begin to make your cool cash.

The following are the tips to start raincoat sewing business, not only in Nigeria, but in any part of the world.

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1. Know the raincoat background:

Raincoats are jackets made of fabric that is specially treated to repel water.

In 1836, Charles Macintosh invented a method for combining rubber with fabric which was used in the first modern raincoats.

Because of his inventions, all raincoats are called Mackintoshes or Macs by those in Great Britain

Most modern-day raincoats are inspired in one way or another by Macintosh’s brainchild.

Today there are many kinds of raincoats made of all types of fabric and all-weather raincoat has a removable lining so it can be worn in any weather.

Fold ups are foldable and usually made of vinyl.

Vinyl raincoats are made of vinyl or of fabric that has a vinyl finish.

Trench coats are worn by both men and women, and are often made of lightweight cotton/polyester fabric.

2. Know the importance of the business:

What is important to raincoat manufacture is efficient waterproofing.

There are two important qualities

Absorption (how much water can be soaked by the fabric)

Penetration (the amount of water that can sink into the fabric)

Raincoat fabrics are either absorbent or repellent.

The best raincoats are made of tightly-woven fabric.

3 . Know the raw materials

The primary material in a raincoat is a fabric that has been specially treated to repel water.

The fabric of many raincoats is made of a blend of two or more of the following materials: cotton, polyester, nylon, and/or rayon.

Raincoats can also made of wool, wool gabardine, vinyl, microfibers and high tech fabrics.

The fabric is treated with chemicals and chemical compounds depending on the kind of fabric.

Waterproofing materials include resin, pyridinium or melamine complexes, polyurethane, acrylic, fluorine or Teflon, Cotton, wool, nylon or other artificial fabrics are given a coating of resin to make them waterproof.

Woolen and cheaper cotton fabrics are bathed in paraffin emulsions and salts of metals like aluminum or zirconium.

Higher quality cotton fabrics are bathed in complexes of pyridinium or melamine complexes. These complexes form a chemical link with the cotton and are extremely durable.

Natural fibers, like cotton and linen, are bathed in wax.

Synthetic fibers are treated by methyl siloxanes or silicones (hydrogen methyl siloxanes).

In addition to the fabric, most raincoats consist of buttons, thread, lining, seam tape, belts, trim, zippers, eyelets, and facings. Most of these items, including the fabric, are created by outside suppliers for raincoat manufacturers.

The manufacturer’s design and make the actual raincoat.

 4. Know the raincoat design

To capture part of the market, raincoat design changes with the season and current fashion trends.

Fabrics, lengths, cut, and look are important to appeal to the consumer.

Style is everything; the cut is important to distinguishing items on the market.

For men, women, and children, there are many different styles of raincoats, Short, commuter, car coats, sport, utility, and long raincoats.

New fibers and finishes are regularly introduced.

Computer-aided design (CAD) gives designers the ability to combine fabrics, styles, and colors onscreen without having to make a sample.

Designers create the patterns for the manufacturing process using CAD.

5. Know The manufacturing process

Much of the manufacturing process is done by Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM).

Machines are run by computers, ensuring speed and efficiency. In this automated process, fabric passes through a series of rollers and into a tank Containing a bath of the appropriate waterproofing materials.

Waterproof material used for raincoats is tested for its level of absorption or ability to repel moisture.

Chemicals are allowed to soak into the fabric after the material leaves the bath, it is heated so the chemicals soak evenly into the fabric. The fabric passes through another series of rollers and is allowed to cool. This allows the chemicals to harden and stay in place on the fabric.

The treated fabric is re-rolled into bolts and readied for shipment to raincoat manufacturers.

6. Know the quality Control of the business

Quality control takes place at many steps of the sewing process.

Before raincoats are even made, the quality of the fabric and dye are inspected.

After the fabric is cut, the patterns must match and sizes must be right as each piece is sewn together, the sewing is checked.

The qualities inspectors look for include: stitch length, hem stitching, button-hole stitching and alignment, and seam type. Anything defective is corrected.

When the raincoat is completed, each part of it is inspected by hand.

Read also: best fabric for raincoats

Top 13 Sewing process of raincoat

  1. The pieces that make the body of the raincoat are cut by a computer-operated cutter or large electrical cutter. The fabric is cut according to patterns that have been graded to each size the raincoat will be made in.
  2. The interlining (which makes collars, cuffs, front facings, sleeve straps, belts and pocket welts stiff) is put inside the appropriate parts. Each part that contains interlining is fused by an automated fusing machine. The fusing process uses high heat and pressure to ensure the interlining is put in evenly.
  3. An industrial sewing machine operator uses an industrial machine to sew all the small parts of the raincoat, including the collar, belt, sleeve straps and pocket welts.
  4. The facings (the underplay of the coat that is sewn to the front edge) are set to the front edges of the fabric shell that makes up a coat’s exterior. This is also done by a worker on an industrial sewing machine.
  5. The large parts of the shell of the raincoat are assembled on an industrial sewing machine by a worker. Most come in pairs. First, the right-back panel and left-back panel are joined together, creating a back seam. Then the rest of the large parts of the raincoat (the front of the raincoat, the sleeves etc.) are created in similar fashion.
  6. On a separate line in the factory, a lining has been made. It is sewn into the appropriate pieces of the shell by a person.
  7. All the large pieces of the raincoat are now assembled and sewn together by a worker using an industrial sewing machine.
  8. An automated machine makes button-holes and sews the buttons on the raincoat.
  9. Using an industrial sewing machine, the trim and sleeves are sewn on by hand. The belt is put on by hand as well.
  10. The finished raincoat is examined by an inspector for quality control purposes.
  11. A worker puts tags on the coat and puts it on the hanger.
  12. A polybag is put over the coat, usually by a machine called an automatic bagger.
  13. The bagged coats are loaded into the shipping container by a worker.


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  1. solomon says:

    hi,i like to know how to get intouch with a raincoat sewing company based in nigeria, especially one that can sew cover all raincoat.

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