How Socks Are Made

We’re having fun exploring Brown County, Indiana, which is located just south of Indianapolis. Nashville, which was originally established as an artist’s colony, is the main city in the county. Today, you can still visit the local artist’s studios, or shop for some of their creations in the towns along the way. It’s a beautiful place to visit in the fall, with the great show of fall colors. Additionally, there are a number of live music and entertainment venues in the area.

We found out about the factory tour in Nashville, when we stopped at the Visitors Center on Van Buren Street. They have lots of great information and maps there, and the folks are very helpful. And, as an added bonus, they can even answer questions about wheelchair access.

When they told us about the factory tour, we knew we just had to do it, so we made reservations on the spot. They gave us a map with specific instructions about where to go for the best wheelchair access. It was all very well thought out. A word of warning – don’t just try and drive out to the factory, as you will probably get lost and most likely encounter some access obstacles. Be sure and book your tour in advance, either at the Visitors Center, one of their stores or on their website at www.forbarefeet.com. That way, you’ll be assured of adequate access.

The tour started with a brief overview of the company, and a demonstration about how socks are made on the big machines powered by compressed air. They also had an old fashioned manual sock machine on display, but the new ones are much more efficient. They can make a pair of socks in just over two minutes.

They we got to walk through the factory to see the machines hard at work. There was level access throughout the factory, so Cherrie could roll right along and enjoy the tour with the rest of the group.

After they make the socks they wash and iron every pair, and then they package them up and either ship them out or store them in their enormous warehouse.

After the tour, we all got to pick out a pair of socks in the gift shop. The tour costs $6 per person — and that includes the socks — so it’s really a good deal. Cherrie picked out a colorful pair with bear paw prints on them.

So the next time you are in the area, check out this great tour.

And here’s a little travel tip – many factory tours have good wheelchair access, so don’t be afraid to check them out in your travels. Most of them are pretty interesting too. It’s just fun to see how things are made!

And although Cherrie enjoyed all of those things, she had her own personal favorite. Since she loves factory tours, we just had to make a stop at the For Bare Feet sock factory for her. Admittedly she thought it was the For Bear Feet” factory, but either way she still loved the tour.