ASTM D5646 - 13

    Standard Terminology Relating to Seams and Stitches Used in Home Sewing

    Active Standard ASTM D5646 | Developed by Subcommittee: D13.54

    Book of Standards Volume: 07.02


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This terminology covers basic stitches made by sewing machines designed for home use and provides a uniform, easily understood language for the definitions and descriptions of seams and seam finishes used in home sewing.

    1.1.1 These terms and definitions are not necessarily consisten with those used in the apparel or home furnishings manufacturing industries.

    1.1.1.1 This terminology provides a common base for use in the preparation of educational materials and pattern guide sheets for home sewing.

    1.1.1.2 Each stitch is identified with a definition, a discussion of how the stitch is formed and might be used and an illustration of one or more possible stitch patterns. This terminology does not include stitches made by sergers, hemmers, or by attachments to the home sewing machines.

    1.1.1.3 These seams and seam finishes may be produced on a conventional sewing machine or by hand.

    1.1.1.4 Other seam types or finishes may be more appropriate if equipment other than the conventional sewing machine is available.

    1.1.1.5 Section 3, Terminology, is categorized into two subsections, specific to the two areas of specialization under this document: Relating to Seams and Relating to Stitches.

    1.2 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

    D6193 Practice for Stitches and Seams

    Federal Standard

    Fed.Std.751a, Stitches, Seams and Stitching


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 01.040.61 (Clothing industry (Vocabularies)); 61.080 (Sewing machines and other equipment for the clothing industry)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 23121614(Sewing machines); 53141604(Sewing patterns)


    DOI: 10.1520/D5646-13

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