Quality Control

We, at Felipe Tadd, gives utmost importance to quality of products. Customer needs must be met for quality to be achieved. The garment industry's quality fitness is determined by several variables, including performance, reliability, durability, and the visual and perceived quality of the garment. We are familiar with and follow the quality standards such as AATCC, ASTM, BS, DIN, JIS, and ISO. Controlling garment quality starts with setting the right quality expectations and then inspecting and testing our products before they ship.

Simply described, it is a factory-based procedure for ensuring the highest level of quality at all stages of product manufacturing. Quality control procedures include inspecting materials for flaws and defects, verifying that colours are accurate, and determining the end product's strength. Seams and/or stitching must be neat and robust in the garment, accessories, and footwear industries, and all products must be created to the same size and standard.

Our Factory personnel are trained to maintain standards for their job because there are so many quality control processes involved in the manufacturing of products. Before moving on to the next step, a manager or a Quality Control Specialist will review the previous ones.

Quality is checked on apparel garments, accessories, and other textile items during the preproduction process, during production, and with a final inspection when the product is finished.

Although quality assurance and quality control may appear to be identical, they are not. In Quality Assurance, the manufacturing process is the focus. It incorporates quality into every stage of the manufacturing process, from design to production and beyond.

The product is the focus of quality control. It is commonly viewed as evaluating the quality of items after they have been manufactured and categorised into acceptable and unacceptable categories, with real outcomes being checked to confirm that everything is as expected.

Our Customers can learn about the progress of an order's manufacture, get critical information about the shipment schedule, and spot problems early on before they affect the entire production by using in-line product inspection, also known as DUPRO (During Production Inspection).

This form of inspection takes longer than the more typical final random inspection (FRI), and inspectors with several years of expertise in production monitoring are available to do it.

There are three basic aspects to take into account when it comes to fabric quality control:

  • When determining comfort, fabric elongation and elasticity, heat retention and conduction, moisture absorption, water repellence, waterproofing, hand and skin contact, drape, and air permeability are all factors to consider.
  • Colourfastness refers to a fabric's ability to maintain its appearance over time. The fabric is subjected to a variety of circumstances, including acids and alkalis, crocking, and other environmental conditions.
  • Durability assesses "how various materials employed in a product perform under varied conditions." For both warp and weft yarns, the fabric is tested until it fails.

Here are five fundamental steps which QC inspectors take during their garment inspection procedure:

Our QC inspectors will go through following five fundamental steps during their garment inspection procedure:

1. Measuring Garment Dimensions

When a part or all of the garment manufacturing process is done by hand, which can result in substantial margins of error compared to the precision of machined cutting and sewing, ensuring that the dimensions of clothes correspond with their stipulated measurements is very critical.

2. Specifying tolerances for garment dimensions

Acceptable tolerances for garment measurements, which determine an acceptable margin of error for any flaws or inconsistencies found to ‘pass' or ‘fail' clothes, should be clearly understood by QC inspectors and your supplier.

Acceptable margins of error tolerances can range for different components of the garment, based on their importance to the overall garment.

3. Physical tests of buttons, zippers and other accessories

A zip that falls off after only a few uses could indicate that the producer is utilising low-quality accessories, while a loose button could indicate sloppy sewing.

On garment accessories such as zippers, snaps, ribbons, and elastic, QC inspectors should look for these problems using physical testing methods such as "pull tests" and "fatigue tests." In each batch, the tests are carried out on a specific quantity of clothing.

Pull test

A QC inspector uses a gauge to pull the accessory with a predetermined amount of force for 10 seconds, which is commonly used to test zippers.

Fatigue test

This test determines whether the accessory will last as long as the manufacturer claims under normal use. When checking snaps or buttons, a typical test would be to button and unbutton the accessory 50 times and then inspect the garment for any damage.

Stretch test

Testing the elasticity of elastic bands and straps, as well as whether the elastic or stitching can withstand being tugged or stretched. Stretch tests should only be performed on a small number of final items.

4. Fabric Composition and Density Tests

Fabrics used in garment production are tested for density and thickness to see if they fulfil the required quality standards. A fabric that is too thin or too dense could indicate that your manufacturer is not utilising the fabric of the quality you specified to ensure that the item will last a long period under typical use and cleaning.

There are three fabric density and composition tests that QC inspectors can carry out on site:

Fabric GSM check
Stitches per inch (SPI) check
Material composition check
5. Label Verification

Accurate labelling is required to meet garment labelling regulations for destination markets such as Europe and the United States. Importers may face fines and the product may be rejected by Customs if the labelling is incorrect or missing.

5. Packaging inspection

One of the final on-site inspections for clothes, before they are shipped from the factory, is to ensure that the packaging is appropriate for the garments so that they arrive in good shape.

Packaging must also adhere to destination market standards, such as clear labelling that informs the consumer what the product is, what it's made of, and where it comes from, as well as other criteria imposed by consumer protection legislation in other nations.

When should Quality Control take place?

Checks ideally should be made at three stages of the production process:

  • In the beginning, before the actual manufacture begins.  When the raw materials arrive at the factory, they should be inspected for correct delivery, general quality, any flaws that may have been missed or neglected, size, colour, and other specific key aspects that may differ from material to material and customer to client.
  • As the items progress through the manufacturing line, spot checks for overall make quality should be performed at the halfway point.
  • At the end of the production run, Quality control checks ensure that the product looks as expected, that the colours haven't faded after the washing, that the stitches are holding, that the final product meets the Spec Sheet's specifications, that it passes any required testing, that it matches the pre-approved sample, and so on – all of the final checks before the product leaves the factory.