Trousers, pants, slacks—whatever you call them, you probably have a few pairs hanging in your wardrobe. But wearing pants hasn’t always been universal. A traditionally male garment in Western society, pants weren’t worn by women until the mid-20th century. As women began to pick up traditionally male-dominated jobs during World War II, they needed sturdy clothing items designed to withstand hard labor. As a result, pants became socially acceptable for women to wear. Many women continued to wear pants after the war, gradually turning them into a popular clothing choice for all.

Nowadays, the global pants market continues to grow year by year. Having reached 110.20 billion USD in 2022, global revenue is expected to increase by 5.40% annually by 2026. The United States is the largest consumer of pants worldwide, followed closely by China and India. Consumers want convenient, comfortable fashion items, and pants deliver.

Denim: an unlikely fashion item

Given its present popularity for jeans and jackets, it’s hard to believe that denim was once unheard of in the fashion world. First invented in 1873, jeans became popular in workplaces and factories due to denim’s durability and comfort. At that time, jeans and overalls were reinforced using copper, making them suitable to wear during long days of hard labor. Nowadays it would be difficult to imagine a wardrobe that doesn’t feature at least a splash of denim.

The global jeans market is growing rapidly, with expected growth from 64.5 billion USD in 2022 to 76.1 billion USD in 2026. These figures are perhaps unsurprising, as the average American woman owns around seven pairs. The manufacturing process for jeans is much the same as for other garments but may include additional washing or bleaching to achieve different styles.

Which machines are needed for pants manufacturing?

Before the manufacturing process starts, manufacturers need to select fabric and trims that meet customer requirements, then check fabric quality. Once pre-production is complete, factories get to work producing our much-loved pants. Read on to learn about what machines are needed to make modern trousers.

  • Spreading machines spread fabric in wrinkle-free layers

Spreading machines lay out fabric in wrinkle-free layers in preparation for cutting. Without spreading machines, fabric would have to be spread manually—an exhausting process that leads to misshapen cuts and product defects. Spreading machines ensure fabric is spread consistently, which helps streamline the cutting process.

  • Cutting machines create consistent, accurate fabric cuts

Fabric cutting machines enhance factory efficiency by cutting fabric to the exact design specifications set by customers. To achieve this, a cutting pattern is placed on top of fabric, guiding machines to produce a perfect cut. Without cutting machines, factory staff would have to cut each piece of fabric by hand, which is unthinkable for bulk orders. Moreover, manual cutting increases the risk of product defects caused by human error. Cutting machines remove the chance of inaccurate cutting by introducing a systematic and consistent cutting process.

  • Fabric fusing machines produce durable interlining

Fabric fusing machines bond together different pieces of fabric using an adhesive resin. As it cools, the resin solidifies into an unbreakable bond. Known as interlining, this bonded piece of fabric provides reinforcement in areas prone to wear and tear, creating a more durable garment. Unlike manual bonding methods, fabric fusing machines consistently apply the perfect amount of heat and pressure to fabrics.

  • Trouser presses create that perfectly ironed look

One of the final stages of pants production is pressing, also known as ironing. Trouser presses use heat and pressure to remove creases from pants by applying a consistent amount of steam to garments. Most modern trouser presses are equipped with a vacuum function designed to remove moisture and heat from pressing.

Make the perfect pair of pants with OSHIMA machines

With over five decades of garment machine manufacturing experience, OSHIMA is the perfect choice for trouser production machinery. OSHIMA’s heavy-duty spreading machines can accommodate up to 300 kg of unrolled fabric, enabling manufacturers to efficiently increase output. Designed to handle thin fabrics, OSHIMA’s Automatic Cutting Machine is perfect for lighter suit pants. The machine has a cutting accuracy of 97 percent and a move-and-cut speed of up to 4500 RPM, improving productivity and quality.

With a maximum pressure of 6 kg, OSHIMA’s Continuous Fusing Machine is equipped with a pneumatic cylinder system to ensure that pressure is consistently applied throughout. The machine offers an automatic temperature control and shut-down function, removing the risk of overheating. Equipped with a vacuum function to cool and dry the garment, OSHIMA’s Trouser Press is suitable for pressing both the waist and legs of suit pants. Optimum shaping is achieved through a dehumidifying and cooling option, allowing manufacturers to craft excellent garments every time.


As the global pants market sees continuous growth, garment manufacturers must equip themselves to take on larger orders. The production process remains the same whatever material is used, so the first thing manufacturers need is a reliable garment machine supplier to provide efficient and high-quality equipment. OSHIMA is a one-stop shop for garment machinery, so manufacturers can optimize efficiency and standardize processes by going with one supplier for their entire factory. Contact us today to find out how OSHIMA can revolutionize your manufacturing facility.