Automated sewing of textiles with different contours
To achieve a three-dimensional form of clothing a sophisticated joining of pieces of fabrics is required. Different lengths and contours have to be fit. A planning system has been realised to achieve the geometrical adaptation with respect to the different material properties of fabrics. Today, only a highly skilled seamstress can operate sewing machines to fulfil these requirements. This paper presents an approach for flexible automation of sewing processes. The distribution of stitching points for planning the seam paths of the pieces to be sewn are calculated based experimentally investigated fabric properties. The movement commands for fabric transport are calculated from the task requirements for sewing. Finally, a roller feeding device for sewing gently curved pieces has been realised to demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach.