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What is Garment Trims Requirement and Procedure

What is Garment Trims Requirement and Procedure?

Garment Trims Requirement

The standard procedure of garment trims for the flammability of clothing textiles established three classes of requirements for classifying textiles. It includes, CLASS 1: Normal Flammability .This class includes textiles that meet minimum requirements of the standard and have no unusual burning characteristics. CLASS 2: Intermediate Flammability. This class includes textiles that meet the minimum requirements of the standard and have flammability characteristics between normal and rapid and intense burning. CLASS 3: Rapid and intense Burning. This class includes textiles that are considered dangerously flammable and are unsuitable for clothing because of their rapid and intense burning.

CLASS 1: In compliance with Federal regulation, we follow the standard procedure,

All plain surface fabrics, regardless of fiber content that weighs less than 3.0 ounces/Sq.yd must be tested for flammability in every colorway and print.

All raised surface fabrics, containing any amount (%) of non-exempt fibres such as cotton, ramie, linen, rayon, acetate, modal, silk etc.,must also be tested for every colorway and print.

If a color is supplied by the multiple sources, testing is required on each color from, every source.

Lead surface coatings and as a substrate material: All coatings on children’s product must be < 90ppm for lead content, for each surface that can be scraped. In addition, per CPSIA Act, all children’s products must meet the assessable lead requirement of <300ppm of  lead on all substrate materials, except those listed below:

  1. Natural textile fibers.
  2. Manufactured textile fibers.
  3. Other plant-derived and animal derived materials.

Heavy Metal Content: In accordance with ASTM F-693-07, all children’s toys must be tested for soluble heavy metals in surface coatings. Customer requirements are satisfied by our following criteria

Antimony                                            60ppm       

Arsenic                                                25ppm

Barium                                                            1000ppm

Cadmium                                            75ppm

Chromium                                           60ppm

Lead                                                    90ppm

Mercury                                               60ppm

Selenium                                             500ppm

                      

Nickel content: All metal components for all size range/ age groups only when in direct and prolonged contact with skin, must meet standards for nickel content, nickel free. Accessory items and garment trims not in direct and prolonged contact with the skin are exempted from this requirement, i.e. belt buckles. However we prefer every accessory to be nickel free.

Phthalates     Children’s products of all ages , containing/ made partially or completely of any plasticized materials i.e. PVC, vinyl, etc., may contain only <0.1% in each part of DEHP, DBP , BBP, DNP , DIDP and DNOP.

Sharp Points and Edges :For all children’s 0-20, no sharp points or edges may exist on any product.

Small Parts: For sizes 0-4T, no detachment at 17lbs for 10 sec and for sizes 4 and above , 15 lbs for 10 sec is required to fulfill the standards.

Pompom and tassels: Regardless of age, no glue is allowed to attach pompoms and tassels onto apparel and apparel accessories. In addition to the above requirements , for sizes 0-4T apparel and childrenswear accessories the pompom/ tassel must meet the attachments strength requirement of 17lbs.for 10 sec, and be no smaller than 1 ¾ in diameter in the dry stage or larger than 5” for a tassel.

Blanket stitch/ Whip stitch: For all sizes from 0-4T and accessories with a blanket or whip stitch must be tacked or knotted every 8” of blanket or whip stitching thread. Line tack is to be perpendicular to the edge of the garment. Knotting is to be done on the inside/non-fashion side of the garment or accessory.

Real Fur or Faux Fur: Real fur or faux fur can present an aspiration and/or chocking hazard. For size 0-12 months, it is recommended that real fur or faux fur not be used anywhere on the garment especially around the head and neck area. If real fur or faux is used ,pile length should be limited to ½”. For sizes over 12 months to 4T , pile length should be limited to a maximum of 21/2”

Draw Strings , Circular cord and Ties: In order to prevent the children from strangling or becoming entangled due to draw strings or draw cords, we have requirements of ASTM F1816 “Standard specification for drawstrings on children’s upper wear and CPSC guidelines for drawstrings on children’s upper outerwear. It includes Drawstring, circular Draw cord, tie, bow tie, strap  , lacing, toggles , Aglets, Hood parts etc.,

Hook and Loop Fasteners:   All hook and loop fasteners on children’s garment must be rounded to prevent sharp edges and scratching. They can be die cut or hand trimmed .

Zippers: Metal claw top/bottom Zippers are not allowed in garments where the claw is exposed. All open end zippers must have a safety top stop to prevent falling off .All sliders must be locking type.            For children’s sizes 0-4T, all decorative (3 or more part zipper) must meet the minimum tab twist requirement of 4lbs, regardless of size.  We ensure all these standards are being followed.

Buttons: All buttons meet the following requirements

Parameter                    Two hole                     2 or 4 hole                   2 or 4 hole

For linge                        <14                                14-21                            >21

Size

Center

Thickness                       0.0625”                        0.0625”                           0.0750”

For children’s sizes, 0-4T, all buttons meet the following requirements,

  • All buttons, functional or decorative , must be attached using a lockstitch buttoning m/c. Hand sewn buttons or chain stitch are not permitted.
  • For four hole- configuration buttons, the lock stitch m/c must pass through all four holes in a cross- stitch pattern.
  • Functional button= Must use four hole button
  • Decorative button = May use two hole or four hole button.

Snap Fasteners: No prongs are to be protruding. Snaps are not be applied on seams or stitches , which could cause either to break. Only semi or fully automatic pneumatic or electric press recommended by snap supplier are used. Manual application is not permitted. Snaps are always be attached on even layers of fabric. They go through a minimum of two plys of fabric by a backing.

Monofilament Threads: For apparel of all children’s sizes 0-20, the use of monofilament threads to construct any product is prohibited.

Stone Washed Garment: For sizes 0-4T – use of pumice stones are only permitted if the pockets are basted closed prior to washing. For children sizes 4T and above, and adults, pumice stones are permitted ,provided all pockets are free of stones at the point of sale.

Zipper Guards : For all zipper types e.g. brass, nickel , coil and aluminum. Children’s sizes 0-4T – Zipper guards are mandatory on all snug fitting garments to prevent laceration.       Children’s sizes 0-20 – Zipper guards are highly recommended on all apparel regardless of fit

Attachment of Fragile Trims : These are materials such as beads, sequins, rhinestones, glitter, gems, diamantes etc. For children’s wear fragile garment trims may not be used. Children’s sizes 12 months- 4T: Sequins may be used as long as it is applied by machine,2 threads/4 stitches and use of over the back embroidery cover on the garment. However beads, rhinestones, glitter , gems, diamantes , etc. are not allowed for children’s sizes from 12-4T

About Engr. Kh. Mashiur Rahman

He is Garment Automation Technologist and Editor in Chief of Autogarment. He is certified Echotech Garment CAD Professional-China, Aptech-India, NCC-UK and B.Sc. in CIS- London Metropolitan University, M.Sc. in ICT-UITS. He is working as a Successful Digital Marketer and Search Engine Specialist in RMG sector during 2005 to till now. Contact him- apparelsoftware@gmail.com

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