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Inside the Tar Heel retail renaissance: A resurgence of manufacturing in the Carolinas

from Glossy

At the Eagle Sportswear plant in Middlesex, North Carolina, a team of four sewers stands at a horseshoe-shaped work station, taking pieces of red knit fabric from a bin and stitching them into a hooded sweatshirt. The process happens in steps: one sewer stitches sleeve cuffs, another attaches pockets, a third attaches arms to torsos, and the fourth sews the seam on the back of the hood. As each sewer completes her step of the process, the item is passed along the line until it lands in a final bin at the end of the station, where it’s passed along to a different team, who will wash and tumble dry each item and attach the zipper. more


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