Quality Control and Inspection Process of Marker Making

Quality Control and Inspection Process of Marker Making
Noor Ahmed Raaz
B. Sc in Textile Engineer (CU)
Specialized in Apparel Manufacturing
Merchandiser, A.M.C.S Textile Ltd (AEPZ)
Email: raju.uttara105@gmail.com

Quality control in marker making:
Marker is a thin paper which contains all the necessary pattern pieces for all sizes for a particular style of garments. It is made just before cutting and its purpose is to minimize the wastages of fabric. In case of marker making quality is very important factor. Though quality is a relative term.

The objectives of quality control in marker making can be summarized as:
  1. To ensure the markers are made to a size ratio that gives the required quality and quantity per order by reducing the wastage of fabrics.
  2. To ensure no garment part is missed in the marker and the marker is of comparable length and width of the fabric being laid.
  3. To check notch or drill mark
  4. Fabric width must be higher than marker width
  5. Fabric length must be higher than marker length
  6. Matching of green line
  7. Check pattern size and dimension
  8. Matching of check and stripe taking into consideration
  9. Considering garments production plan
  10. Cutting table length consideration
  11. Pattern direction consideration
Cutting section starts with the receipt of piece goods and ends with the completion of the bundles of cut parts ready for sewing. The preparation for cutting is very important prior to the cutting operation. Accurate cutting simplifies the sewing and pressing operation. Cutting of fabrics or trims to size, where possible, eliminates considerable measuring, matching, shaping and trimming in the sewing room. Proper punching of holes and notching is important for accurately locating parts.
Marker making
Marker making
Quality inspection procedure for markers:
  • Locations with manual marker making system: In these locations, the markers should be inspected by the Quality Control Department before the fabric is laid. This will leave sufficient time to make any correction to the marker that is necessary. 
  • Locations with computer marker making (CAD) system: In location that uses the CAD system, the marker information needs to be cross-checked by an operator other than one who complied the marker, before the marker is printed. This is to ensure that no operator error has occurred. The marker can then be re-inspected by the Quality Control Department after it has been placed on the lay of fabric prior to cutting.
Marker Inspection:
Check points
Ensure the correct patterns have been used.
No allowance
Ensure the size ratio is correct
No allowance
Ensure the correct sizes have been drawn onto the marker as per the size ratio
No allowance
Ensure all the garment parts have been drawn onto the marker
No allowance
Ensure the patterns are facing the correct direction in case of marker making modes.
No allowance
Ensure the patterns have been placed onto the marker in such a manner as to achieve the highest fabric utilization.
Stripes and Checks 80%
Solid color 95%
Ensure the marker is of the correct widths, comparable to the fabric so that the fabric is not wasted. If the marker is too small or too wide then incomplete garment parts are cut.

Zero to half inch
Ensure the marker is of correct length
Zero to one inch
Ensure splicing marks are correctly drawn on the marker.
No allowance
Ensure all notches and drill holes have been drawn on the marker.
No allowance
Ensure no unauthorized alterations have been made to the marker.
No allowance
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