THE MAKING OF A SAINT JAMES CLOTHING
Essential stages for optimal quality :
This is essential. Each batch of thread must comply with a rigorous series of tests before being knitted. Batches will be listed and identified.
Mechanical in days past, electronic for the more recent generations, looms stand in row for the achievement of varied, simple, structured, or more imaginative stitches. By night, or day Knitters take turns to launch manufacturing runs.
Pollution, whether of natural origin or not, incrusted in the yarn, later the knitwear, disappears during the process of manual burling.
The body (front and back) ; the sleeves, the collar and trims are knitted separately but naturally with yarn from the same bath.
For a sweater, but even more for a jacket, the number of successive operations necessary before manufacture is impressive.
At the time of leaving the knitting unit, the knitted parts are size stabilized by a steam spraying process.
If they are not directly knitted to size, these knitted elements are stacked and cut using templates.
The assembly of elements can commence : stitching, overcast seam, the famous stitching of collars or buttoned strips, the sewing of labels, logo, badges. This is the implementation of a operator savoir-faire which has been handed down for generations.
Each item of clothing is inspected prior to the creation of buttonholes, the attachment of buttons, and the Saint-James manufacturer's label.
Lastly, ironing adapted to each item of clothing grants the final touch, the pile bursting of a sweater, to the jacket, prior to being packed in a protective sachet.
Its manufacture will be similar in procedure, however, with that of cutting, the use of a needle table ensuring good jointing of stripes.