What is Apparel Checking or Inspection?

Apparel Checking or Inspection is an inevitable task in garment industry. To maintain quality standard checking or Inspection have to be done through quality people. Checking is an initiative to keep the product quality where step by step tries to find out quality faults or defects or poor workmanship which will not meet the required quality parameters.

The main motto of quality checking or Inspection is to deliver the best quality product to customers. Thus manufacturers recruit many people to keep product quality and spend huge money to retain company’s goodwill. Another motto of quality checking or Inspection is to find out the defects at the initial stage to erase unexpected hassles. If defects found at initial stage it obviously well and good but if defects found at end stage that may create worse situation. The defects which are identified during quality inspection will be marked with the help of white sticker and send for rectification if possible but if defects become serious, those will be marked with the help of red arrow sticker and that particular piece will be rejected. All of these attempts only to get good quality pieces that will be passed for the next process.
Quality Checking Points in Apparel Production:

Quality inspector has to check following checking points during inspection to make smooth of production.

  1. Fabric, Trims & Accessory Store Quality Checking or Inspection.
  • Fabric cut panel have to send for Lab Test i.e. colorfastness test, Flammability test, Water resistance, strength & Wicking etc.
  • All Accessories should check physically to measure defect and quality
  • Fabric roll checking through inspection machine
  • GSM check of fabric
  • Fabric and Accessories counting compare with packing list
  • Shade band making
  • Shade band report submit to merchant, cutting and store section for decision making
  • Check care label, hang tag artwork to find out mistakes
  • Fabric width check and count receiving quantity
  • Table Inspection: -QA personal should check bundle ticket then confirms the style and fabric surface. Cutting QA personal check only paper indicates cut panel.
  • Defect and shortage report submit to merchandiser to claim supplier
  1. Cutting Quality Checking or Inspection Points: 

Cutting quality has to check following points-

  • Should check first trim card, worksheet, Order quantity and size assortment
  • Should check PP sample and ensure that all parts exist in the marker
  • Check fabric nature to consider shrinkage after spreading in cutting table
  • Work with Pattern maker to match fabric check before cutting
  • Measurement chart checking
  • Make sure that size set sample has done and passed by quality
  • Cutting layer checking,
  • Fabric width checking,
  • Color wise size assortment and mistake checking
  • Check Marker efficiency
  • Fabric roll shade checking
  • Bundle checking
  • Thickness checking
  • Marker way checking
  • Fabric color mistake checking
  • Cut panel checking
  • Defect report making
  1. Sewing Quality Checking or Inspection Points:

Sewing quality has to check following points-

  • PP sample checking
  • Spec sheet and PP comments checking
  • Should check first trim card, worksheet, Order quantity and size assortment
  • Apparel measurement chart checking
  • Order quantity and size assortment checking
  • Check approved sample and make sure that all fabric cut panels are in production line
  • Thread color combination check with fabric
  • Label checking i.e. size label, care label, price label etc.
  • Sewing thread shade variation checking
  • Input fabric quality checking
  • Front part checking
  • Back part checking
  • Bundle checking
  • Check Uncut sewing threads and trimmed well
  • Fabric size ratio checking
  • Contrast color checking
  • Embroidery, print measurement and placement checking
  • Sewing defects checking
  • Oil mark checking
  • Size set checking
  • SPI i.e. Stitch per inch checking
  • Stitch tension checking for all the sewing machines
  • Thread tension checking of all sewing machines
  • Alter checking
  • First production checking with PP sample
  1. Printing Quality Checking or Inspection:
  • Printing measurement and placement checking
  • Printing recipe and color combination check with shell fabric
  • Printing quality check with mock up and approved sample
  • Detect defect printing parts and ensue replacement
  • Prepare quality report
  1. Embroidery Quality Checking or Inspection.
  • Embroidery measurement and placement checking,
  • Embroidery Thread color combination check with shell fabric
  • Embroidery quality check with mock up and approved sample
  • Detect defect embroidery parts and ensue replacement
  • Prepare quality report
  1. Washing Quality Checking or Inspection.
  • Washing recipe, shrinkage percentage and measurement chart checking,
  • Washing method, time, duration and washing effect checking
  • Check washing effect with approved sample or mock up
  • Ensure zip puller, printing and embroidery parts safety during washing process
  • Detect defect garments after washing and ensue replacement
  • Prepare quality report
  1. Finishing Quality Checking or Inspection Points:

Sewing quality has to check following points-

  • Folding method checking
  • Shipping mark checking
  • MCQ checking
  • Trim card checking
  • Poly size checking
  • Price sticker checking
  • Hang tag checking
  • Iron checking
  • All types of label checking
  • Quality of print and embroidery checking
  • Dirty spot checking
  • Oil spot checking
  • Carton size checking
  • Quantity of each carton pcs checking