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Mitering – The art in fabric spreading

What affects the appearance of a garment, affects the demand of the garment. And when it comes to stripes and checks, managing the quality on the basis of appearance becomes much more critical. Mitering is basically the alignment of the design, stripes or checks on the garment seams. So when your shirt is worn, the stripes on the left front panel should flow uninterrupted across the placket to the right front panel. Do you believe this is just a clever stripes/checks placement, or is there more to it? Well, Mitering is an art in itself and takes a lot of efforts. It is very crucial from quality point of view. Mitering on seams improve the overall garment appearance, and hence is a desired specification by buyers. This article tells about the various techniques used in mitering in the spreading of fabric and is only a point of view of the author. There might be various other techniques followed in the apparel industry today. Mitering techniques There are many Mitering techniques in play which help us achieve the correct appearance for the garment. Laser guides This technique uses laser lights fixed on the spreading table as a guide for spreading. The stripes/checks are then matched with the projected laser lights on the spreading table. Advantagess Makes Mitering easier to achieve, especially for fabrics with larger widths and for lays with...

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Let’s get to the basics Inspection process in apparel industry

My last two articles on inspection focused on the pre-production and during production inspection processes. This is the last article of this series on inspection processes in the apparel industry which focusses on the final audit done by the buyer before shipment. Final random inspection or final audit Once the garments are ready for shipment, a final inspection is conducted. In this, the inspectors are buyer representatives who are responsible for finding if the order is manufactured as per the customer’s requirements. The shipment packing, merchandise packing, and the merchandise itself are inspected for discrepancies. This includes the carton information, the shipping mark, order number, style number, type of packaging, package design, information on the packaging bag like the sizes, logo, etc. The garment is also inspected for appearance and sizes, and the tags required. In case 80 per cent of the sample lot is not ready for inspection, the final inspection or audit date is postponed. Once the lot is ready, the cartons are chosen randomly for inspection, and the inspected cartons are signed or marked to ensure random selection. The major points inspected in this stage are Size specifications and fit measurement Visual appearance (based on the garment zones) Packed quantity Material’s feel and appearance Style of the garment as per the buyer approved sample Size and colour ratios Carton dimensions, quality and markings Packing assortment Packaging...

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Augmented Cutting room productivity through cut order planning

‘Tapping the potential of fabric savings and enhanced profits by Marker Planning.’ Pushing the envelope to have increased margins of the profits from every part of the organisation is a major driving force as on date. And with an industry involving fabric and being as dynamic as it is, cutting through the seams wherever possible is the mantra of the day as a part of any company’s survival kit. A wide extent of fabric saving, increased cutting room productivity, coupled with customer preferred product delivery can be ensured by converting the customer’s order into a cut plan, intelligently. Availability and appropriate usage of technology and software has helped simplify the process considerably and enabled the job to be done by people having much less experience, with a little training. It has time and again proven to be beneficial by not only being able to help tap huge potential savings but it also has lead to reduction of costs while improving profitability. Increased competition has trimmed down the business opportunities with tighter prices and shorter lead times. These are difficult areas to navigate around to ensure money savings with each order. However, with improved techniques, cutting-edge technologies and newerconcepts, the forthcoming business opportunities can be tapped in a way to become even more beneficial for the organisations working in the industry. In order to optimise the cutting room productivity, a...

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