The fabric that is used as the spicing overlap is a waste generated during the process. This overlapped fabric waste is known as the Splicing Loss, which is affected by the distance between the splicing points. To minimize this splicing waste, markers should be made to ensure minimal fabric overlapping.
As a general practice in garment factories, splicing overlap is not calculated and accounted for. Factories do keep track of other fabric losses like end bits, damages, etc, but when it comes to splicing, they used the available fabric as it is. To optimize this whole process, setting up of a standard splicing overlap is crucial. This will ensure that lay men are aware of the amount of splicing overlap they need for that particular lay. In absence of this standard, there are two scenarios that can emerge:
1. Excess overlap, which is simply unnecessary fabric wastage. Also, since overlap is more, there is a possibility of getting more than planned cut pieces, which then affects the accuracy during the bundling and numbering processes.
2. Less than required overlap, resulting in incomplete cut pieces and/or less than the required number of cut pieces, thus generating the need for panel replacements which could have been avoided.
Splicing should preferably be done for smaller pattern pieces and should be avoided for larger garments like trousers. For bigger garments, adjustments using end bits prove more efficient than splicing.
Companies like Threadsol‘s offering products intellocut provides you ‘Start’ and ‘End’ splice points which help in setting up a standard for splicing overlap. This ensures no wastage during the splicing process. It also ensures effective planning while working closely with the CAD setup in your factory.