By Kay S. Pedrotti
The lower hem of your T-shirt may be costing a Barnesville company thousands of dollars. Bottoms Associates, inventors of an automated “hem former,” has learned that companies in South America are duplicating the hem former and undercutting Bottoms’ price for the sewing machine attachment as well as shipping tops made with the pirated part back for sale in the United States.
The small aluminum “Air Hemmer” shown by Roger Cole of Bottoms and Associates has been duplicated by overseas companies. The firms are underselling Bottoms on the parts as well as shipping clothing made with the pirated part back to the U.S.