How Ribbon is Made
The Process of How Ribbon is Made
The process for manufacturing ribbon can vary depending on the type of material used. First, the thread for the ribbon needs to be spun, dyed and treated. Once this is accomplished, the thread is rolled on bobbins and placed on a ribbon loom. The ribbon loom features an array of miniature looms that dictate the desired width of the ribbon. Modern ribbon looms are sophisticated and computerized to generate ribbons that are intricate and detailed in design.
Quality control is important to any manufacturing process and the ribbon industry makes no exception. An operator consistently monitors a ribbon loom to make sure that the quality of the ribbon produced is to the highest of standards.
When it comes to manufacturing fabric ribbons, there are three general categories that ribbons fall into:
Fabric Ribbons: Cut-Edge
Also known as craft ribbon, this is commonly used for gift wrap. The fabric is cut into strips of varying width and often has a pattern or design. It is treated with stiffener to prevent the edges from fraying. Cut-edge ribbons are usually inexpensive but most of them cannot be washed.
Fabric Ribbons: Wire-Edge
These ribbons have a thin, copper wire inserted on both sides. Wire-edge ribbons are malleable and more versatile than other ribbons, allowing it to hold a definite shape. It’s perfect for making bows but this type of ribbon cannot be washed. They tend to be more expensive than wireless ribbons as well.