Effect of hem edges on the interface pressure of pressure garments

S. F F Ng, Chi Leung Hui

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Pressure garments are mainly made of elastic Lycra fabrics and tailor-made to individual patients' measurements to provide an appropriate amount of skin-garment interface pressure for burn rehabilitation. However, the fabric tension would be different at various locations from the hem edges of pressure garments, and thus the skin-garment interface pressure cannot be uniformly maintained over the interface surface. Aims to investigate the pattern of interface pressure changes caused by the different types of edge finish used for making pressure garments. The effect of garment sizes on the change of interface pressure was also examined. Experiments were carried out using two selected elastic Lycra fabrics, four types of hem finish and three different garment sizes. The results of the study provide a guideline for designing the edge finish of pressure garments, and a minimum margin from the hem edges of garments to the scar area is also recommended.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-261
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Clothing Science and Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1999


  • Garments
  • Pressure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Polymers and Plastics


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