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Understanding Fabrics 4 Fabric Testing and Quality Short Course

Course description

This training day looks at quality in textile and clothing products and examines the main textile testing methods and how to interpret the test results. Using relevant standards, a range of common textile test methods will be examined and how to interpret and evaluate the test results is explained. You will also examine the benefits of textile testing, how to select relevant tests for different end products, and how the fabric performance largely determines the quality of the final garment.

This one-day course has been specially designed for assistant buyers and designers from UK retail stores, and includes a mixture of theory and practical exercises, delivered by a textile technology expert.

By the end of the course you will:

  • Recognise different faults in fabrics
  • Understand how faults occur
  • Understand how to formulate strategies for dealing with faults
  • Understand textile test methods
  • How to evaluate test results and reports
  • Understand the benefits of textile testing and appreciate the different quality features of fashion fabrics

Please note: our Understanding Fabrics courses are part of a series. We recommend you take the courses in the following order or have existing knowledge to the same level before progressing to the next course:

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for anyone who has contact with off-site testing houses and who wants to gain a greater understanding of the test methods used and the evaluation of results. Also, anyone who wants to gain a greater understanding of the quality aspects of textiles in general.

Level: Advanced

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Topics covered:

  • Quality in textile / clothing products
  • Legal requirements
  • Faults in Fabrics
  • Introduction to textile testing
  • Textile test methods (we cover all the main tests for fashion fabrics)
  • Interpretation of test results


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • Notepad and pen

Meet the Tutor:

This Understanding Fabric 4 Quality and Testing course examines the quality aspects of different fashion fabrics. It also looks at the benefits of textile testing.

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