Companies produce digitally printed patterns for volunteer sewers

Nurse Rachael Slater, Richard Williams (and his dog, Skye) – one of several volunteers at Hybrid who have helped print the patterns for the scrubs, and nurses in Knutsford sporting their new scrubs

Companies up and down the country are busy producing digitally printed sewing patterns so volunteer sewers can make scrubs for the NHS.

One of the team at Hybrid Services spotted a Facebook appeal for help producing patterns for the scrubs.

The patterns are typically printed on paper, with the various sizes of each panel of the garment represented at 100% scale. The sewist cuts out the appropriate panel, pins it to the fabric before cutting that out and making up the garment.

However, issues arose with volunteers printing them at home and sticking the A4 pages together, which as well as being time consuming also led to problems with incorrect scaling. This is where Hybrid stepped in to help.

Brett Newman, Hybrid’s chief operations manager, said: “As soon as we realised we could help, a number of the Hybrid staff volunteered to assist, returning to our office to produce the plans at A0 size to help the group with this challenge.”

Utilising the instantly dry UV ink on the latest 1.6m wide Mimaki UCJV300-160, the Hybrid volunteers were able to output at high volume and at the larger size.

These patterns were then sent to Emma Dalzell, who set up the Facebook group called ‘Mid Cheshire Hospitals – Leighton/Northwich’ to help with the national Love for Scrubs campaign. Hybrid Service is located in Crewe, close to the Leighton Hospital, where the scrubs are being sent.

Emma said: “We’re hugely grateful for the patterns and we’ve received significant help and donations from so many places.

“We have fabric and patterns ready for producing a further 600-700 more at present and we’re working really well as a team to get them to the people that need them most.

“Our work now includes laundry bags, head bands and a range of different weights of scrubs that are suitable for using in different circumstances – from lighter weight sets that are worn on the frontline under full PPE through to heavier weight fabrics that are more suited to the requirements of district nurses.”

Perfect Colours’ managing director, Jason Burroughs, stands alongside printed A0 sewing patterns

Perfect Colours is another company printing A0 sewing patterns for home sewers to make nursing scrubs needed urgently by the NHS. Using its HP PageWide XL to get the job done at ultra-high speeds. HP is covering the cost of printing and shipping the patterns to assist the nationwide project.

The HP Large Format Team asked Perfect Colours to offer the service via the ‘For The Love Of Scrubs – Our NHS Needs You’ group on Facebook.

A0-sized patterns are required to make the scrubs to the right dimensions – which is where large format print solutions supplier Perfect Colours can help.

As an HP Platinum Partner, Perfect Colours has an HP PageWide XL 5100 and XL 3600 installed at its Innovation Centre in Sheffield. The systems are normally used to demonstrate their printing capabilities but this week they have been called into action for the NHS.

Jason Burroughs, managing director, Perfect Colours, said: “The NHS is doing an incredible job tackling the coronavirus crisis and people at home want to do anything they can to help. There’s an urgent need for new scrubs and thousands of people ready to sew them, they just need the A0 patterns. We’re delighted and honoured to help that effort by printing the sewing patterns on our super-fast HP PageWide.”

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