Workroom standards II

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Our Q. Design production team adhere to the highest quality of workroom standards. Our first Workroom standards blog (March 16th 2012) reviewed standards regarding production specifically. Today, we want to outline our standards pertaining to the way Q. Design handles fabric before it is manufactured into gorgeous drapery.

When a bolt of fabric has been received by Q.Design and is ready for production, the next step is for our cutter to cut the fabric into its assigned pattern for sewing. Before cutting however, it is mandatory that the fabric is inspected for the following:

-        Correct Pattern & Colour

-        Correct Shade

-        Correct Quantity

-        Misweaves and Bias

-        Flaws

-        Correctly Identified Face

It is important to note that when doing the inspection the following knowledge of fabrics and their inherent qualities are applied, this list is adapted from one of our fabric suppliers:

Silk and Linen

Our sewers always allow for some variance: Silk and Linen yarns are made by nature and the unique qualities created in this process are not considered flaws. Our clients are made aware that there are no guarantees made regarding colour fastness, exact colour matching or durability.

Embroidery & Crewel

Embroideries are often handmade or hand guided, therefore, the repeat size may vary. Often embroidery designs do not match selvedge to selvedge. During the quoting process, we take this into account and will request our client to order a little extra yardage for security.


Tie dies, ikats and batiks have been very popular fabrics lately. Due to the washing process, repeat size and widths may vary slightly.

Taffeta and Chintz

Taffeta and Chintz fabrics may hold creases due to the crisp hand.


Scrim is woven and generally our clients spec very light and gauzy scrim. Due to the delicate nature of scrim, our sewers ensure the fabric is handled with extra care.

If there are any issues outside of what is considered natural variances in a particular good, the cutter notifies management who will make contact with the supplier to ensure the matter is rectified.  Sometimes this means the piece of goods is sent back for replacement.  Often, however, the supplier will send an additional piece so we can work around anything unsightly.  We always recommend having Q. Design order your fabrics for you as we have great relationships with our suppliers and can easily resolve quality issues in a timely fashion without having to disrupt the order. 

Another important note in how we handle our fabric inefficiencies is via our non-conformance reporting system.  We track all fabric issues by this system and can ascertain at our year end which suppliers are providing great quality control and which require a bit of encouragement.  We pride ourselves on quality and that starts with great, first quality fabrics and our inspection process is second to none.  Come see some of the best products available in our showroom!  Stop in today!