17 Simple Tips to Improve Garment Quality
When you become quality conscious, you might look at improving existing quality standards at various stages of the garment manufacturing process. Producing a good quality product is a result of combined efforts of management, employees and workers by developing a system, implementing good practices in the shop floor and setting up standards.
Following 17 tips will help you to improve garment quality at production.
- Communicate the importance of the quality production to your employees and shop floor workers, and explain quality expectations by the management.
- Maintain a clean and dry workplace, including storage rooms and shipping areas.
- Select and utilize appropriate equipment in cutting, sewing and finishing processes.
- Provide appropriate tools, machines and equipment to each department.
- Provide on-the-job training to workers.
- Plan an ongoing program for machine maintenance.
- Establish agreed-upon quality standards with all fabric suppliers before purchase, including procedures for rejecting/returning unacceptable goods.
- Follow 100 per cent inspection of all incoming fabrics.
- Allocate a trained quality inspector for visual inspection.
- Compare actual fabric width and length against reported figures (by supplier) and required length and width.
- Return fabrics to the supplier that doesn’t meet agreed-upon quality standards.
- Follow 100 per cent inspection of value-added processes, such as panel printing, machine embroidery, hand embroidery etc.
- No defective panels or components should be sent to the stitching section. Defective components can be accepted after corrective measures have been taken.
- Cutting quality is the second-most important area. Checking is to be performed for the cut components, such as matching cut panels with original patterns, shade variations, fabric-related defects etc.
- Check 100 per cent of the garments after stitching and in the finishing section.
- Record defects by garment production lot, source of defects (fabric, cutting or assembly), type of defects etc.
- Analyse inspection report data to identify sources of quality problems.