ASTM D2594 - 04(2012)

    Standard Test Method for Stretch Properties of Knitted Fabrics Having Low Power

    Active Standard ASTM D2594 | Developed by Subcommittee: D13.59

    Book of Standards Volume: 07.01


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    Significance and Use

    This test method specifies test conditions for measuring the fabric growth and fabric stretch of knitted fabrics intended for use in swimwear, anchored slacks, and other form-fitting apparel (also commonly known as semi-support apparel) applications, as well as test conditions for measuring the fabric growth of knitted fabrics intended for use in sportswear and other loose-fitting apparel (also commonly known as comfort stretch apparel) applications. The applicability of this test method to the measurement of fabric growth and fabric stretch of knitted fabrics intended for use in slacks, sport coats, and suits has not been determined.

    This test method is not recommended for acceptance testing of commercial shipment because the between-laboratory precision is known to be poor.

    If there are differences of practical significance between reported test results for two laboratories (or more), comparative tests should be performed to determine if their is a statistical bias between them, using competent statistical assistance. As a minimum, ensure the test samples to be used are as homogeneous as possible, are drawn from the material from which the disparate test results are obtained, and are assigned randomly in equal numbers to each laboratory for testing. The test results from the two laboratories should be compared using a statistical test for unpaired data, at a probability level chosen prior to the testing series. If a bias is found, either its cause must be found and corrected, or future test results for that material must be adjusted in consideration of the known bias.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the measurement of fabric stretch and fabric growth of knitted fabrics intended for applications requiring low-power stretch properties.

    1.2 This test method includes procedures for fabric growth and stretch and can be used individually when required by individual specifications.

    1.3 This test method is not applicable to fabrics intended for support or other applications requiring high-power stretch properties.

    Note 1—For information on testing high-power and woven stretch fabrics, refer to Test Methods D3107 and D6614.

    1.4 The values stated in either SI or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as the standard. Within the text, the inch-pound units are shown in parentheses. The values stated in each system are not exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in nonconformance with the specification.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D123 Terminology Relating to Textiles

    D1776 Practice for Conditioning and Testing Textiles

    D2904 Practice for Interlaboratory Testing of a Textile Test Method that Produces Normally Distributed Data

    D2906 Practice for Statements on Precision and Bias for Textiles

    D3107 Test Methods for Stretch Properties of Fabrics Woven from Stretch Yarns

    D4849 Terminology Related to Yarns and Fibers

    D4850 Terminology Relating to Fabrics and Fabric Test Methods

    D6614 Test Method for Stretch Properties of Textile Fabrics - CRE Method


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 59.080.30 (Textile fabrics)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11161804(Knit synthetic fabrics); 41114707(Textile or paper strength tester)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D2594-04R12

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D2594-04(2012), Standard Test Method for Stretch Properties of Knitted Fabrics Having Low Power, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.org

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