Our jet shrinking system treats the lengths of fabric like a normal tumbler dryer, but on a larger scale. The length of fabric loses 10% of its potential lengthwise shrinkage before further processing. In return, the products retain their shape for the customer.
Driven by the principle that everything that people wear next to their skin needs to meet the highest standards, Mey accepts no compromises when it comes to quality, production and workmanship.
We preferably use yarn from long staple cotton for our products. By using these fibres (with at least 40 mm length per fibre), a stronger, softer yarn with less pilling is created – a quality you can feel.
By using both yarns, we obtain durable bodywear garments that retain their shape even after frequent washing. If only one sort of yarn is used, the side seams may shift after the product is washed.
The dry finishing of our fabrics in Albstadt is carried out using several special processes, which exclusively use mechanical pressure and hot steam on the fabrics. We do not use any chemical additives in this process.
Plating means that several different materials are simultaneously processed on each separate product side. For example, shiny viscose can be used on the outside of the top, elastane in the middle and soft cotton on the inside.
The high stitch density in our cross seams ensures very good elasticity. This means the rows of stitches are not skipped and the seam therefore remains more elastic. Even the tear resistance and strength of the seam are increased.
We work an additional elastic braid into the bottom hem of Mey men’s shorts This prevents the garment from annoying slipping and riding up and ensures greater wearing comfort whether in a sitting or standing position.
Mey developed the machines for hemless bodywear garments. Our hemless shirts have knitted edges that only need to be cut off along the border row. In this way we get a perfectly finished edge without a seam, to prevent rubbing.
Here at Mey, we consistently invest in premium quality. To ensure quality, we check the products after every manufacturing step. This is the only way to produce an bodywear garment that completely satisfies the customer: with quality material, precision workmanship and pleasant wearing comfort.
After finishing, an employee carefully inspects our fabrics for faults in the knit or other defects. This ensures that only flawless fabrics continue to the next processing step.
To ensure the dimensional accuracy of the cutting pieces, not more than 25 layers of material are processed in one work step. A great deal of experience and the use of state-of-the-art cutting machines guarantee consistently high precision.
For perfect wearing comfort, we attach great importance to a high number of stitches per centimetre (up to 13 stitches/cm) for our seam work. This enables us to guarantee an elastic and stretchable seam and optimal wearing comfort for the customer. This naturally means that we need more time to sew the seams, but we are glad to take this time to guarantee customer satisfaction.
It is important to achieve a good balance between a soft feel on the skin and the susceptibility of the material to pilling. Pilling refers to the small nodules on the fabric that can occur after several washes. Our fabrics are particularly soft. This means the fibre ends do not lie as close to the yarn. This can lead to pilling. But due to the special finishing process of the products, they are only rarely susceptible to it.
Depending on the components of a fabric, it may be susceptible to shrinkage after washing. Our fabric finishing process on the jet shrinking system enables us to reduce the risk of shrinkage to just a few percent. As a result, our products continue to fit just as they did on the first day, even after the first wash.
In addition to our usual standard colours, we also offer new colours every season. The colours need to last for several washes and must not bleed, stain or fade excessively. We test these properties in a long-term washing test. In this test the garment is washed 5-10 times in succession together with a white test strip. Afterwards the washed fabric is compared with the with the source material and the test strip is checked for whiteness or if the colour of the garment has stained it. If the colour and printing are of good quality, the colour remains in the fabric and does not stain the test strip.
A rubbing test is used for both printed and unprinted fabrics. We inspect garments to see what happens to the printing or fabric after continual rubbing. How quickly does it wear through? When does the printing become detached? The results need to convince us that a printed fabric actually deserves to make it to the collection.
We not only inspect the fabrics we produce for compliance with our requirements, but also the other elements used for bras, undershirts and shorts. We test the various bands and straps for stretch and elasticity. Our lace fabrics are washed and tested. If compliance with specified values is not achieved, these components are not used.