An Introduction to Apparel Quality

By Pradip V. Mehta, P.E.
Fellow, American Society for Quality

Taste is a Matter of Choice; but Quality is a Matter of Fact

but Quality is a Matter of Fact .Good Quality Apparel Item What are attributes of a good quality apparel item? Taste is a Matter of Choice.

open seams. no shade difference from panel to panel  Performs satisfactorily in normal use + Does not shrink in laundering or dry cleaning + Does not fade or loose color + Does not fall apart in laundering or dry cleaning  Fits the labeled size  Is fashionable ± has prevailing style Taste is a Matter of Choice. fabric defects. misaligned buttons and button holes. untrimmed threads. but Quality is a Matter of Fact .Good Quality Apparel Item  Free from defects + Stains.

but Quality is a Matter of Fact .Good Quality Apparel Item  Raw materials  Workmanship Taste is a Matter of Choice.

Good Quality Apparel Item  Inspection + Raw materials + Workmanship  Testing + Raw materials + Workmanship Taste is a Matter of Choice. but Quality is a Matter of Fact .

or requirements. as well as measuring garments to check if they meet the required measurements. but Quality is a Matter of Fact .  Testing Determination of one or more characteristics according to a procedure Taste is a Matter of Choice. partially finished components of garments and completely finished garments in relation to some standards.Good Quality Apparel Item  Inspection Visual examination or review of raw materials. specifications.

Good Quality Apparel Item  Fabric Inspection + 4-Point System 4* * * * Up to 3´ «««««1 * Over 3´ ± up to 6´ . but Quality is a Matter of Fact .2 Over 6´ ± up to 9´ .4 Calculate total defect points per 100 square yards 40 points per 100 square yards Taste is a Matter of Choice...3 * Over 9´ «««««...2 Holes and openings (large dimensions) over 1´«««««.4 Holes and openings (large dimensions) 1´ or less««««.

Good Quality Apparel Item  Sewing threads + Construction + Sew ability * * * * * * Imperfections Finish Color Package density Winding Yardage Taste is a Matter of Choice. but Quality is a Matter of Fact .

Good Quality Apparel Item     Zippers Buttons Buckles Snap fasteners Taste is a Matter of Choice. but Quality is a Matter of Fact .

but Quality is a Matter of Fact .Good Quality Apparel Item  Marker making + Parts + Pattern alignment + Marker width + Checks and stripes + Pattern direction + Knife clearance + Notches & drill marks Taste is a Matter of Choice.

Good Quality Apparel Item  Spreading + Number of plies + Fabric width + Ply direction + Checks Taste is a Matter of Choice. but Quality is a Matter of Fact .

or serrated edges + Ply-to-ply fusion Ply-to+ Single edge fusion + Pattern precision + Notches + Drill holes Taste is a Matter of Choice. but Quality is a Matter of Fact . ragged.Good Quality Apparel Item  Cutting + Frayed edges. fuzzy.

but Quality is a Matter of Fact .Good Quality Apparel Item  Sewing + Needle damage + Skipped stitches + Broken stitches + Mismatched checks or stripes + Shade difference Taste is a Matter of Choice.

poly bagging + Stains + Wrinkles + Correct labels + Any thing that detracts from overall appearance Taste is a Matter of Choice.Good Quality Apparel Item  Finishing. but Quality is a Matter of Fact . pressing.

construction + Strength + Colorfastness + Abrasion resistance + Pilling + Wrinkle resistance/wrinkle recovery Taste is a Matter of Choice. but Quality is a Matter of Fact .Good Quality Apparel Item  Testing + Fabric weight.

but Quality is a Matter of Fact .Good Quality Apparel Item  Sizing + Measurements + Form fitting + Live modeling Taste is a Matter of Choice.