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# Calculation of Sewing Thread Consumption for

Garments

For Apparel Merchandising, in todays competitive marketplace, there is a need for
tight cost control. A realistic estimation of potential thread requirements for particular
garment styles or contracts will not only end up saving money, and warehouse
maintenance. As, if you buy sewing threads more than you require that will be a matter
of extra warehouse maintenance. To understand sewing thread consumption we also
need to understand the Seam and Stitch analysis.

It's basic rule in garment industry that we must have knowledge how to calculate sewing
thread consumption in 1 pcs garment then decide how many sewing thread we must
For determining thread consumption there is a standard formula. In that formula you will
get multiplying factors according to machine type and stitching classes. To define thread
consumption you just have to multiply seam length with that factors. Thus, one can
estimate total requirement of thread for making a garments. But actual thread
consumption for a unit length of seam depends on many factors.
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Stitch Classes

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## We should follow when calculate it with below steps :

1.

Measure the actual thread consumed in a specific length of seam along the
garments.

2.

## Calculate the thread consumption by using mathematic stitch formulas based on

seam characters ( example : single stich, double stitch, chainstitch, overlock,

3.

Then convert it with total yardage contained in one cones of sewing thread &
total quantity of garments.

A specified length of the seam, for example 3 inches, is measured and then the thread
is removed by carefully unraveling the stitch. You can then calculate the amount of
thread consumed in one inch and multiply this factor times the total length of the seam
measured in inches.
For example:

Calculation:

## Needle thread factor = 9 3 = 3 inches of needle thread per inch of seam.

Looper thread factor = 8 3 = 2.67 inches of looper thread per inch of seam.

repairs, etc.

## 6.63 yards/seam X 1.15 = 7.62 yards/seam including 15% waste factor.

Obviously you must do this for each seam to determine the total amount of thread
consumed in the finished product.