Past, Present and Future: cutting techniques through time

Every fashionable item hides a story: in it, the future, the present and the past live side by side and inspire each other. This applies both to design and to players providing services aimed at supporting design, such as Goretti.

Inspired by this belief, we are launching today a new newsletter series called “Past, Present and Future”: we will show you how the increasingly complete and customisable services that Goretti offers to fashion brands are made possible thanks to the ability to combine different methods and technologies, ranging from cutting edge machines to traditional techniques. Old techniques are never put aside: old and new ones coexist to always offer the best fitting solution for the specific processing to be carried out. This allows us to constantly broaden our customisation range.


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In this first newsletter of the series, you will learn about cutting techniques and their evolution through time.

At the beginning of its activity back in the 1970s, Goretti was a small workshop. Since then, we have experienced a strong growth – notwithstanding, ensuring the highest quality of our fashion trimmings remains our primary goal.

Die cutting

Cutting with dies and press


How did we use to cut – and still cut, when appropriate – fabrics and leather? The answer is: with an hydraulic clicking press and dies to obtain cuts in the desired shapes.

Dies are metal shapes with a sharp edge: the die is placed on the leather or fabric – with the sharp edge touching the substrate’s surface – and then pressed to cut out the desired shape.
At Goretti we still rely on this cutting technique – carried out by highly experienced people from our team – when the processing requires it, for example when we need to realize large cuts, simple-shaped cuts and cuts on big batches of few items.

Laser and water cutting


Later, the first laser cutting machines arrived at Goretti, followed by the first water cutting ones.

Laser cutting is way faster and more precise and, combined with other techniques, can give life to unique products that unfold the whole potential of fashion design.

In our dedicated laser centre, we decorateperforate and cut leather and fabrics; we also engrave leather through laser engraving, bringing creativity to life on the surface of fashion accessories.

With more delicate or pale coloured leather and fabrics, water cutting is a more suitable choice: it ensures all the advantages of a neat and precise cut, leaving out the disadvantages of laser cutting.

A new machine joining present, future and past: cutting, embroidery and sewing have never been so fast


Here we come to the present and future of cutting techniques: the new punching and embroidery machine Tajima, from the PAX series, is a high-technology machine able to perform different operations at the same time and with the highest speed and precision, thanks to its four cuttings heads and four sewing and embroidery heads.
The machine still relies on the traditional die cutting technique, but with one major difference: its dies are very tiny, thus ensuring the highest precision in hole making.

The machine is designed for intense production cycles and great production volumes and allows us to perform increasingly complex processings, even more complex than laser cutting.

What makes evolution and versatility possible: high competence

In this evolution story, we should not overlook the role played by the expertise of our machine operators, who are able to use both the most simple machines – like the press for die cutting – and the most complex ones requiring cross technical knowledge (both in terms of software and mechanics) and a significant portion of creativity and interpretation skills.

We will soon share with you in more detail all the new machine’s potential, as well as the skills of the people who use it every day, with high competence.


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