TM088B-TM88B-TM 88B Seam Smoothness in Fabrics after Home Laundering

TM088B-TM88B-TM 88B Seam Smoothness in Fabrics after Home Laundering




AATCC TM88B-2018, Seam Smoothness in Fabrics after Home Laundering

Developed in 1962 by AATCC Committee RA61; reaffirmed 1969, 1973; editorially revised 1974, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2016 June 2018, 2023; editorially revised and reaffirmed 1978, 1984, 2001; revised 1970, 1975, 1981, 1989 (with title change), 1992, 1996, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2014, January 2018 (with title change). November 2018 Technically equivalent to ISO 7770.


This test method and its accompanying photographic scales were developed for evaluation of woven fabrics with a durable-press finish. It is common industry practice to use the method and scales for

evaluation of other textile materials although some specimens may have different appearance characteristics due to different fabric or seam construction. Standard laundering procedures remain

consistent to allow valid comparison of results. Standard procedures represent, but may not exactly replicate, current consumer practices, which vary over time and among households. Alternate laundering

procedures and machine parameters may be found in Laboratory Procedure (LP) 1, Home Laundering: Machine Washing (see 12.3).

1. Purpose and Scope

1.1 This test method is intended to determine the smoothness appearance of seams in fabrics after being subjected to home laundering procedures. Several washing and drying procedures provide standard parameters to represent common home care options.

1.2 Seams in any washable fabric (woven, knitted, or nonwoven) may be evaluated for smoothness using this method.

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

by fabric properties.

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The above information is only a summary of the AATCC test method.



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