Other Lessons in This Course
- What is a Gusset?
- Understanding Eco-Friendly Promo Products
- Environmental Impact of Promo Products
- How To Measure Your Head For Hats
- Difference Between a Padfolio and Portfolio?
- Shelf Life of a Promo Product Battery
- Why are Red and Orange Mugs More Expensive?
- Importance of Drinkware and Case Quantities
- Why Does My Shipping Cost So Much?
- Acceptable Artwork and File Formats at Quality Logo Products®
- Garment Imprint Locations
- What is a Gusset?
- What Are Promotional Products?
- What Are the Different Types of Stress Balls?
- Environmental Impact of Tote Bags
- Things to Avoid When Ordering Promotional Items
- What Are Cell Phone Wallets?
When you hear the word “gusset,” what comes to mind? Do you think it has something to do with fishing? Maybe you’re picturing a weird weapon. It turns out, a gusset has many uses, not limited to bridge building, food packaging, and pants wearing.
What is a gusset? How’s it used? Let’s dive into everything you need to know about this handy item!
How Do Gussets Work?
In construction, gusset plates are connected via welding, bolts, or rivets. This is done using heavy duty equipment for large projects, like a skyscraper or new city bridge. For smaller projects, like home improvement, you can find gussets in a variety of shapes and sizes from hardware stores like Home Depot or Menards.
Why Are Gussets Used?
Gussets are used by a variety of industries, from construction to fashion, to add strength and flexibility to their products. This piece is made from either fabric, plastic, metal, or wood and can be found in:
- Tote bags
- Construction projects
- Home improvement
- Food packaging
Diamond or triangular gussets are sewn onto undergarments, blue jeans, flannels, or collared shirts. Without this piece, you might have embarrassing ripping when you reach to a high shelf or bend over to pick something up.
Cotton, canvas, or leather tote bags may contain a gusset at the bottom. This addition helps the bags hold heavier objects, like books or groceries, without tearing.
Fishplates, or as they’re also known gusset plates, are used to connect different beams and columns in buildings or bridges. They’re made from wood or heavy metals like steel or aluminum.
If you’re building a new deck or porch, you’ll need to attach the beams together using a wood gusset. This item comes in handy for a variety of home repairs.
Go to the grocery store and you’ll see gussets in everything from bags of pasta to boxes of strawberries. They are designed to help the package expand and hold a larger quantity.
This type of gusset is found at the bottom of pouches and bags that hold dried foods like nuts and candies.
The “K” style gusset is added to the bottom of the bag and helps it stand upright. It’s most handy for packaging moderate to heavy products like fruits and veggies.
This gusset is added to the bottom of bags to help them stay upright even when the weight is reduced. You’ll see plow bottom gussets in bags of sugar or flour.
Bags with this type of gusset are entirely flat on the bottom. The gusset is located on the side to help the container maintain its boxed shape.
Why Are Gussets Important?
The gusset is one of those little, forgotten about items that makes a huge difference. Everything from the blue jeans you wear on the weekends to the bridge you use for your morning commute is more durable thanks to this tiny item.
The Bottom Line
Who would have thought such a small item could be so significant? From your afternoon snack to the Golden Gate Bridge, there’s a whole world out there that relies on gussets!
Alyssa is the Lead Copywriter at Quality Logo Products. As a promo expert, she's uncovered the world’s first custom tote bag, interviewed the guy behind rock band ACDC’s logo, and had a piece published by the Advertising Specialty Institute, a leader in the promotional products industry.
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