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This page is about Garment Packing Options

Is ironing necessary?
Does the factory use folding boards?
Is Hanger Packing necessary?
When should I insist on using metal detector?
What questions do you have about garment packing options?
How will you pack your garments
Garment packing starts with ironing and folding. Then the garment is put into a poly bag or hanger before it is inserted into a carton box. Let’s dig deeper into garment packing options. The factory owner will ask you for your requirements and you should insist on certain techniques like using folding boards. What garment packing options do you need?
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Ironing is necessary

Yes, ironing is necessary for presentation. Especially if the garment is made with cotton and there are natural wrinkles. When was the last time you decided not to buy a garment because it did not look perfect on the rack?

One complication during ironing however, is how it affects the measurements during a final QC check. Ironing stretches out the fabric a little, which might cause it to measure out of tolerance. For this reason, garment measurement should be done by shaking the garment to allow the fabric to relax to it’s natural dimensions. Do you want ironing as a garment packing option?

Another complication, is iron burn! Inexperienced ironers might apply the iron too long and singe the surface of the fabric leaving a permanent mark. When you visit the factory, watch the ironers and check the surface of the fabric. Leaks in the ironing steam piping is common and if not maintained well can cause problems during the ironing process. For example, if they apply too much heat to plastisol prints then the plastisol might melt. This is an example of simple garment packing options that require some thought.
Folder boards speed packing up

Does the factory use folding boards?

Folding boards offer speed and accuracy to ensure each garment is folded the same and fit perfectly in the poly bags. For odd size garments like dresses they have large sized folding boards that are fabricated in-house. If your garment is an odd size then ask to see the folding board. In any case, when you visit the factory, look to see if folding boards are being used. If not, ask why. It is a great garment packing option.

Is Hanger Packing necessary?

If you don’t want your garments folded and boxed up, you can hanger pack them instead. There are special shipping containers designed to get as many garments into a container while still hanging on racks. They are exposed to the elements so special care should be taken to make sure the container does not get stuck in a hot and humid port like Singapore. One advantage to carton boxes and polybags vs. hanger packaging, is that you don’t have to fill a container. Hanger packing is appropriate for garments with fabric that wrinkles easily. Another one of many garment packing options.

When should you insist on using metal detector?

Metal detectors are used to find and remove broken sewing needles. Believe it or not broken needles is common in sewing operations. The sewers keep records of broken needles and tape the broken pieces together inside a book to ensure all broken elements are recovered. Sometimes broken needles get lost and get stuck in the fabric. Last thing you want is for a customer to put on your garment and get pricked with a broken needle and then sue you. If you pass all the garments under a metal detector you will find the broken needle pieces and remove them so they don’t end up on the store shelf. Many children’s clothing brands make metal detecting mandatory. Garment packing options can protect you.
So, garment packing options start with ironing and folding. Then the garment is put into a poly bag or hanger before it is inserted into a carton box. Finally, how the carton box is sealed needs to be decided. You can seal with tape or banding straps. These are basic garment packing options that you need to be aware of and instruct the factory to follow.
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1. Which styles do you want to manufacture first?
2. Do you have tech packs?
3. Do you have any special factory requirements?
4. Have you produced before? If yes, then in what country?
5. What quantity per style per color do you order?
6. Does your company have a website?
7. Do you want to work with an agent or directly with the factory?
8. Do you plan to visit Vietnam?

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