AATCC Test Method 88B-2014
Smoothness of Seams in Fabrics after Repeated Home Laundering


Developed in 1962 by AATCC Committee RA61

1.  Purpose and Scope

1.1  This test method is designed to evaluate the smoothness appearance of seams in fabrics after repeated home laundering.

1.2 Any washable fabric may be evaluated for seam smoothness using this method.

1.3 Fabrics of any construction, such as woven, knit and nonwoven, may be evaluated according to this method.

1.4 Techniques for seaming are not outlined, since the purpose is to evaluate fabrics as they will be supplied from manufacturing or as ready for use. Furthermore, seaming techniques would be controlled by fabric properties

2.  Principle

2.1  Seamed fabric specimens are subjected to standard home laundering practices.  A choice is provided of hand or machine washing, alternative machine wash cycles and temperatures, and alternative drying procedures.  Evaluation is performed using a standard lighting and viewing area by rating the appearance of the specimens in comparison with appropriate reference standards.

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