Major Inspection Criteria For Softgoods


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What are the Key Inspection Criteria for General Merchandise Product?

  • ​​​​​​​Weight
  • Colour
  • Style
  • Hangtag
  • Workmanship
  • Assortment
  • Material
  • Measurement
  • Others

Major Inspection Criteria For Softgoods


How does the hand touch and feel compared with the reference sample? Even without a reference sample, does it feel hard, soft, smooth or spongy? Is the visual aspect clean and neat?


Do they match the sample swatches, reference sample or color card? Are the various components (e.g. of a shirt, blouse, pants etc.) of the same shade? For piece-goods, is the shading of the dye of the printing uniform throughout?  What is the ratio of different shade lots?


Is the style in conformity with the description and/or the reference sample? Have seams been executed as required (there are various methods of sewing)?


Do the accessories (buckles, belts, ornamentations) match the sample and description, e.g. buckles – are they smooth, well plated without burrs? Are they well attached at the correct place?


Do garments come up to the specified weight per unit or per dozen? For fabrics, does the mtr/yd weight correspond?


In garments, is the sewing straight, without puckering, without skipped or broken stitches? In garments, are the accessories such as zippers, pockets, ornaments positioned and attached correctly? Are pockets level with each other?  For fabrics, the absence of weaving faults in excess of tolerance must be checked and recorded on the special inspection and report forms provided for this purpose.


For garments, as a guideline 10-20% of the sample size must be measured (at least 3 per size) in accordance with the measurement specifications and tolerances provided by the client. If the client has not specified any particular tolerances for the measurements, then those indicated on the Measurement Tolerance Sheet, will be applied.

For fabrics, the measuring can be done over a mechanical inspection table equipped with a yard/meter counter. Considering that the accuracy of such counters in sometimes doubtful, it may be prudent to check and measure a few pieces in the traditional manner. For fabric (mostly in grey state) which comes in yard/meter lapped folding, the measurement determination is quick and accurate.

Labeling and Hangtags

Most articles are provided with a label or a hangtag. Some countries have stringent laws regarding the compulsory labeling of articles. The USA have the “Labeling Act” which amongst other details such as composition, size, care symbols and others must bear an “RN” (recall number/ a registered identification #) allowing the items to be recalled in case of need.

The European Economic Community (EEC) compulsorily stipulates that all imported articles show the fiber composition of fabrics and garments.

During inspection for quality, the checking of the labels must not be neglected. For example, is the indication on the hangtag identical with the sewn-in label in the garment? Is the size the same?


The assortment check is also important.  Large retail chain stores distribute to their numerous sales outlets standard packed items, e.g. a master carton will contain 50 red, 50 black, 30 green and 20 blue ones.  Some unscrupulous manufacturers, short of a specified color or size, may be tempted to make up the shortage by some other colors or sizes.


External markings on cases/cartons/boxes/bales should comply with client’s particular requirements.  In certain case the buyer insists on neutral packing which means that manufacturer’s/supplier’s/name and country of origin are not to appear.