ASTM Textile Standards for Yarns and Sewing Threads

    Take Advantage of the Benefits By bringing these courses on-site to your facility you save time and money. The instructors, leading experts in their field, will tailor the course to meet the specific needs of your organization. This gives you the opportunity to train your entire staff at once and to discuss your special situations.

    About the Course This course will give you a basic understanding of:

  • ASTM textile standards for spun and continuous filament yarn and sewing threads
  • Testing applications for internal quality control
  • Acceptance and certification testing
  • The methods covered in this course are extensively used by all greige plants making yarn.

  • Learn: The course will be tailored to meet the needs of your individual organization. A tentative outline follows:

    • When, why, and how these standards are used by the textile and apparel industry
    • About good laboratory practices in the textile industry
    • How to develop expertise and practical knowledge in laboratory techniques using selected and accepted fabric and component test methods
    • How to calculate the test results and show reporting techniques
    • Precision and bias procedures and applications

    Information About On-Site Fees Please contact sales here or call 1-877-909-ASTM. Fees will include referenced ASTM standards; course notes; certificate of attendance; 0.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs); and Refreshments and Coffee Breaks.

    Who Should Attend? Anyone involved in the manufacturing, purchasing, testing, and evaluation of textile yarns and sewing threads. This includes laboratory managers and technicians from industry or government textile testing laboratories, as well as those involved with the purchase and use of sewing threads.

    Note: An understanding of the application of the test reports and specifications would be useful for purchasing and development personnel, as well as those involved with product certification requirements of ISO/IEC 9002 or QS 9000.

    Topics Include:

    • Conditioning Textiles for Testing
    • Mechanical Test Methods
    • Statistical Methods
    • Development of Product Specifications and Writing Specifications for Textiles
    • Development of Product Certification Requirements (Preparing Certificates of Analysis and Conformance; Process Measurement System Evaluation; Gage; Precision and Bias)
    • ASTM Tolerances for Yarns (Multifilament Yarn; Yarn Spun on Cotton or Worsted Systems)

    Referenced ASTM Standards


    D 1776 Conditioning Textiles for Testing Mechanical Test Methods

    D 204 Testing Sewing Threads

    D 276 Identification of Fibers in Textiles

    D 629 Quantitative Analysis of Textiles

    D 861 Tex System for Yarn Density

    D 1059 Yarn Number by Short Length

    D 1422 Singles Twist by Untwist Retwist

    D 1423 Twist in Yarn by Direct Method

    D 1425 Unevenness of Textile Strands

    D 1578 Breaking Load of Skeins

    D 1907 Yarn Number by Skein Method

    D 2255 Grading Appearance/Spun Yarns

    D 2257 Extractable Material in Yarn

    D 2256 Tensile Properties/Single Strand

    D 2259 Shrinkage of Yarns in Boiling Water or Dry Heat

    D 2260 Conversion Factor for Equivalent Yarn Numbers

    D 2654 Moisture Content in Yarn

    D 5647 Hairiness of Yarn Statistical Methods

    D 4356 Establishing Consistent Test Method Tolerances

    D 4697 Maintaining Test Methods in the Users Laboratory Tolerances for Yarns

    D 2497 Man-Made Organic-Base Filament Single Yarns

    D 2645 Yarns Spun on Cotton or Worsted System


    Robert M. Holcombe, currently the laboratory director at Safety Components Fabric Technologies, Inc., has extensive experience in manufacturing production and quality control. His current responsibilities include supervision in various spun and filament programs.

    Holcombe also has over 25 years of experience in physical and chemical textile testing and development of product and SPC support programs; proficiency test programs; and evaluation testing and certifying of various types of yarns and fabrics produced or purchased, including: woolen and worsted, cotton and blend, carpet, automotive products, non-woven, industrial fabrics, aerospace and geotextiles.

    He serves on the corporate quality audit team; directs an internal audit program and develops and writes specifications using ASTM, DIN, and ISO test methods. Holcombe received his degree in textile management from Clemson University.

    ASTM and D13 on Textiles ASTM is a world leader in the development of voluntary consensus standards. The 82-volume Annual Book of ASTM Standards (available on CD ROM) contain over 11,000 standards written by 140 ASTM technical committees. The standards referenced in this course were developed by Committee D13 on Textiles. For information on Committee D13, contact Jennifer Rodgers at (610) 832-9694 or go to our D13 technical committee page.