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Significance and Use
5.1 Upon mutual agreement between the purchaser and the seller, fabrics intended for this end use should meet all of the requirements listed in Table 1 of this specification.
5.2 It is recognized that for purposes of fashion or aesthetics the ultimate consumer of articles made from these fabrics may find acceptable fabrics that do not conform to all of the requirements in Table 1. Therefore, one or more of the requirements listed in Table 1 may be modifed by mutual agreement between the purchaser and the seller.
5.2.1 In such cases, any references to the specification shall specify that: “This fabric meets ASTM Specification D3995 except for the following characteristic(s).”
5.3 Where no prepurchase agreement has been reached between the purchaser and the seller, and in case of controversy, the requirements listed in Table 1 are intended to be used as a guide only. As noted in 5.2, ultimate consumer demands dictate varying performance parameters for any particular style of fabric.
5.4 The significance and use of particular properties and test methods are discussed in the appropriate sections of the specified test methods.
1.1 This performance specification covers the minimum performance requirements for men's and women's knitted fabrics for dress and vocational career apparel composed of any textile fiber or mixtures of textile fibers.
1.2 This performance specification is not applicable to career apparel fabrics such as those used in protective clothing, that do not patently fit the categories Career Apparel or Career Apparel, Dress (see Terminology D7022 for these terms). Minimum performance specifications for such fabrics should be as agreed between the purchaser and the seller.
1.3 These requirements apply to the length and width directions for those factors where each fabric direction is pertinent.
1.4 The following precautionary statement pertains only to the test methods portion, Section 7, of this specification. 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.
AATCC MethodsAATCC116 Colorfastness to Crocking, Rotary Vertical Crockmeter Method AATCC124 Smoothness Appearance of Fabrics After Repeated Home Laundering AATCC132 Colorfastness to Drycleaning AATCC135 Dimensional Changes of Fabrics After Home Laundering AATCC15 Colorfastness to Perspiration AATCC16.3 Colorfastness to Light AATCC172 Colorfastness to Powdered Non-Chlorine Bleach in Home Laundering AATCC188 Colorfastness to Sodium Hypochlorite Bleach in Home Laundering AATCC23 Colorfastness to Burnt Gas Fumes AATCC61 Colorfastness to Laundering: Accelerated AATCC8 Colorfastness to Crocking: Crockmeter Method EvaluationProcedure1 Gray Scale for Color Change EvaluationProcedure2 Gray Scale for Staining EvaluationProcedure8 Chromatic 9-Step Transference Scale
D123 Terminology Relating to Textiles
D2724 Test Methods for Bonded, Fused, and Laminated Apparel Fabrics
D2905 Practice for Statements on Number of Specimens for Textiles
D3786 Test Method for Bursting Strength of Textile Fabrics--Diaphragm Bursting Strength Tester Method
D3787 Test Method for Bursting Strength of Textiles--Constant-Rate-of-Traverse (CRT) Ball Burst Test
D7022 Terminology Relating to Apparel
Federal Standard16 CFR 1610 Standard for Flammability of Clothing Textiles
ICS Number Code 61.020 (Clothes)
ASTM D3995-14, Standard Performance Specification for Men’s and Women’s Knitted Career Apparel Fabrics: Dress and Vocational, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.orgBack to Top