• Are You Wasting Fabric While Splicing?
Splicing is the technique used in the cutting room during the process of spreading. It basically incorporates cutting the fabric across its width to overlap layers in between the ends of the lay. It can be used for different reasons:
1. Firstly, to accommodate for fabric defects, preventing
any final cut pieces from the defective part of the fabric. 2. Splicing is also used when the fabric roll being spread ends in the middle of the marker, and the end bit length is sufficient to cut one complete garment piece.
3. Lastly, it is used when there is a change in the size, i.e. the pattern pieces of each size have not been mixed in the marker (e.g. on step markers).
Hence, splicing can simply be understood as the process of overlapping the cut ends of two fabric pieces to ensure continuous spreading. When splicing fabrics, a splicing line should be selected, making sure that none of the patterns on the marker is cut incomplete. So the position of splicing is crucial, and it depends on the fabric quality and the marker. Splice Marks are used (as marked points) in the marker where fabrics can be cut and the next piece can be overlapped to maintain a continuous lay spread. To keep the splices accurate, markings on both the sides of the marker should be done.