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Inspect all seams by grasping the fabric on each side of the seam and applying slight pressure to see into the seam. This method enables you to see needle cuts, open seams, and broken sewing stitches.

OK, I guess this blog message can serve as a quality assurance tip of the day...

The visual sample inspection for workmanship during production includes at least the following steps:

Inspecting Items
Classifying Defects
Recording Defects
Marking the Defect
Setting Aside Defective Items.

After your inspection is complete, determine the cause of the defect and most importantly, how to fix the problem from happening again. Learn more about quality assurance and quality testing.

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Comment by Mindy Martell on July 30, 2012 at 12:37pm

Having a Spec Sheet and/or Tech Pack helps make the quality assurance process smoother and better. This is a document per garment specifying everything from stitches per inch, pantone colors, weight of fabric, points of measure, label placement etc... so the factory knows EXACTLY what you expect. This document eliminates many problems before they exist. Then, using this document to check pre-production samples and production is a clear way to be sure the factory is meeting the requirements. Many times it is not the factory that is poor but could be the quality of information going to the factory that is poor. Fix the information and fix the quality problems.  Learn more about this step at


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