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Obertshausen - Warp knitting machine builder Karl Mayer has developed a new line of Rascheltronic fabrics, which are designed to offer discrete shaping power to sculpt figures.

When developing the fabrics, designers and technicians at Karl Mayer observed how restrictions on our freedom of movement due to the coronavirus pandemic have had far-reaching consequences – including physical ones.

Trousers no longer do up, skirts no longer fit perfectly and T-shirts stretch over stomachs. Those still keen to cut a good figure of course have the option of hitting the gym, but shaping underwear can also help.

Chic warp knitted textiles can be produced for this purpose on the Rascheltronic in particular. Karl Mayer’s product developers used the latest model of high-performance jacquard raschel machine – the RSJ 4/1EL, 195 ins, to create a new collection of on-trend items offering exceptional performance.

But the fashionable fabrics can also be produced on all other models of the Rascheltronic series. They feature a high-impact all-over pattern with subtle sculptural motifs, are soft to the touch, comfortable to wear and offer a gentle shaping function thanks to their particular stress-strain behaviour.

Reasons for the ideal lingerie properties are well-thought-out lapping and material combinations. For production, a textured polyamide high filament yarn and elastane were processed – the latter in a relatively high proportion and by means of a 2 needle overlap instead of the usual one by one lap. This lends the fabric more strength and enhances the plastic effects of the pattern.

Furthermore, the elastane fixing in the textile structure is supported, thus improving the possibility to cut freely, and the fabric can easily be used without seams. Despite the two-needle-overlap, the fabrics are relatively lightweight: the surface weight is approx. 180 g/m².

The new Rascheltronic fabrics were presented to the public for the first time at ITMA Asia + CITME in June 2021 where they attracted great interest and were the subject of numerous enquiries, some of which were highly targeted.

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