Factors Affecting on Apparel Strength

How to Assure Apparel Strength?

The strength properties of apparel have been considered the most obvious indication of the service life of apparel. The strength of fabric or garment indicates its ability to resist mechanical damage due to the stress of normal wear and laundering. This article has shown some key points which assure about the apparel strength, hope it will be very effective for all.

Fabric strength testing in the testing lab

Fig: Fabric strength testing in the testing lab

Properties of Apparel Strength:

There are various key properties of apparel strength which are pointed out in the following:

  1. Fabric strength,
  2. Seam strength,
  3. Resistance to yarn slippage.

All the above apparel strength properties have explained the below:

1. Fabric strength:

Fabric strength can be divided into three different areas i.e. resistance to tensile force, resistance to tearing force, and resistance to bursting force. In the case of woven fabric resistance to tensile force and tearing force is measured but in the case of knitted fabric resistance to bursting force is measured to assess the fabric strength.

2. Seam strength:

Seam failure of a garment can happen due to the failure of the sewing thread leaving the fabric intact or fabric rupture leaving the seam intact or both breaking at a time. Seam strength is tested in almost the same manner as fabric breaking and bursting strength. The strength of a seam or stitching should be equal to or slightly less than the fabric strength. The elements which have a great impact on the strength of a seam or stitching are:

3. Resistance to yarn slippage:

Seam failure may also occur due to displacement of yarns present in the cut area of fabric after seam line or stitch line due to stress on the seam or joint of the apparel.

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