Testing Services for the paper, nonwovens, packaging, and consumer products industries.

Have questions? Give us a call 920-749-3040

ASTM D 1683 Tensile (Seam Strength)




ASTM D 1683


Failure in Sewn Seams of Woven Apparel Fabrics


This test method, ASTM D 1683 Tensile (Seam Strength) measures the sewn seam strength in woven fabrics by applying a force perpendicular to the sewn seams. This test method is applicable to sewn seams obtained from a previously sewn article or seams sewn with fabric samples using either a specific seam assembly, or production seam assemblies. This test method is used when a breaking force to rupture, a minimum elongation, or both are required to determine the sewn seam strength, seam slippage, or seam integrity of a particular fabric for a specified end use. This test method does not predict actual wear performance of a seam. The values stated in either acceptable metric (SI) units or in other units shall to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other, without combining values in any way.

Significance and Use

This test method can also be used to determine either the sewn seam strength of textiles or the efficiency of a seam assembly with any given fabric. Additionally, the seam strengths of different fabrics can be compared directly by using one of the standard seam assemblies specified in the method. Because current information about laboratory precision is incomplete, comparative tests may be advisable.

Please note:
SGS-IPS cannot sell or otherwise provide standards, specifications, or test procedures to third parties.