Influence of Industrial Washing and Cyclic Fatigue on Slippage of Linen Fabric Threads along the Seam


  • Irina KORUNČAK Kaunas University of Technology
  • Milda JUCIENĖ Kaunas University of Technology
  • Vaida DOBILAITĖ Kaunas University of Technology
  • Eglė Ina MACKEVIČIENĖ Kaunas University of Technology



seam slippage, linen fabrics, industrial softening, cyclic loading


All seams of garments shall withstand the established force effect in the longitudinal and transverse directions. Resistance to thread slippage along the seam is a major property of fabrics that is regulated by strict guidelines. In many research works, lining fabrics are chosen as the object of research as thread slippage is the most typical of them. What concerns the reports exploring slippage of linen fabric threads along the seam, just very few papers are available. Studies dealing with the influence made by industrial washing and cyclic load on the defect under investigation, thereby taking into account operational properties of garments are not readily available at all. The objective of the paper is to define the influence of industrial washing and cyclic tensile on slippage of linen fabric threads along the seam. For the research, five 100 % linen fabrics of plain weave have been selected. Control test specimens, unwashed and processed with different washing methods, have been analysed. Cyclic tensile of the test specimens has been carried out by a tensile machine “Tinius Olsen” at tensile force P = 20 N, tensile speed of 12.55 mm/s, number of cycles of 100. The carried-out testing has demonstrated that industrial washing decreased resistance of linen fabrics to thread slippage along the seam in the most cases. Analysis of the results obtained has shown that cyclic tensile led to particularly significant increase in the seam gap.


Author Biography

Milda JUCIENĖ, Kaunas University of Technology

Department of Clothing and Polymer Products Tecnology