An apparel production manager is the foundation of an efficient apparel manufacturing environment. He is the critical bridge between the company’s financial goals and workers. In this issue of StitchWorld, Jayapal Nair Apparel Manufacturing Expert, Consultant and Author, shares the vital characteristics for the production manager. The February 2017 edition also carries a review of Shima Seiki’s latest and most popular computerized flat knitting machine model – SVR123SP. How to make a structured approach to design a lean process and suggest major factors and strategies to consider in doing so, an article by Anand Deshpande, Founder and CEO – Admaa Consulting, is included in this issue. In this first part of three article series, Anand clears the confusion between understanding the principles and implementing them. In another interesting read, Dr. Prabir Jana, NIFT Delhi and Rick Frye, Director of Engineering, Brother International, discuss a new frontier in automated sewing – Brother Vision Sewing system.