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Hi, I am your go-to guy if you want to get things done in Vietnam. I prepare you to work with factories and introduce you to them. May I help you evaluate sewing options in Vietnam?

Chris Walker
Apparel Production Advisor
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ebook Author

Sewing options in Vietnam

The first decision you must make before producing garments in an apparel factory in Vietnam is: will your order be a CM order or an FOB order. Let's take a second to define the difference.

CM stands for Cut and Measure. An apparel factory might use CMT which means Cut, Measure and Thread. Or, another factory clothes will say CMPT which means Cut, Measure, Package and Thread. The lawyer in me simplifies all three into one clear definition: CM business terms means that the price includes everything minus trims, accessories, and fabric. CM price includes everything in the production process from checking fabric, cutting fabric, sewing, ironing, folding, packaging and boxing. Another way to think of it is: the CM price covers all labor costs, overhead and profit. Some tricky points to watch out for are: does CM include import-export document processing fees?; does CM price including trucking costs to and from the factory?; does CM include international money transfer fees? All these points need to be clearly negotiated before signing contracts or shaking hands. Factory clothes.
Thai Son S.P CMT Factory
Hi my name is Chris. I prepare you to work with base layer manufacturers in Vietnam. My first experience with base layers was promoting Thai Son S.P sewing factory who bought fifty flat lock machines and spent a whole year training their staff and adjusting their machines to get it right. They made for brands like Voelkl and North Face. Since then I have met many other factories in Vietnam that have flat lock machines and experience producing base layer apparel. I can introduce you to them and help you every step of the way including quotation, sampling and production. I work with a team of merchandisers and sourcing assistants. If you need more than just a referral we can offer other support services:
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FOB stands for Free on Board. Basically, the Vietnam factory takes care of everything: trims, accessories, fabric, cutting, sewing, packaging, boxing, and transportation to the port. The FOB price includes everything from the moment that pre-production samples are approved until the containers are delivered to the port and cleared by customs.

In both cases, 99% of the time, the buyer pays for shipping from Vietnam to their home port.

Making a deal with CM factories in Vietnam gives you more flexibility to control prices of trims, accessories and fabric but also gives you more headache to manage it all. CM terms means that you, the buyer, is responsible for faulty trims, accessories and fabric - not to mention delivery times. The Vietnam apparel factory is not responsible.

Making a deal on FOB terms is hassle free but allows the seller to inflate trim, accessory and fabric prices without you knowing. Moreover, they usually ask for a handling fee of 6 to 12%. Managing all the trim, accessory, and fabric is labor intensive - especially when the sub contractors make mistakes. FOB terms means that the seller accepts all responsibility for mistakes. Factory clothes or apparel factory, both will clearly know the difference. Do you?

Recommended CM Factories in Vietnam

Thai Son S.P Co., Ltd is a clothes manufacturer with the latest manufacturing technology for men's, women’s and children's knitwear. Thai Son also produces cotton based fabrics knitted in single jersey, pique or French Terry structures. The fabrics and prints can be Oeko Tex Certified. They are an Oeko Tex Certified factory in Vietnam.

ASV has works closely with Thai Son apparel factory in Vietnam.

Currently, Thai Son has two production facilities in Ho Chi Minh City and employ 500 people. Thai Son has been producing knit wear garments for export customers for more than 22 years and knows how to take care of their customers to get repeat orders.

If you are looking for CM factories in Vietnam then contact Thai Son S.P garment manufacturing.
Thai Son S.P Factory

What does CMT mean?

CMT stands for cut make trim or cut make and thread. CMT refers to a price component in the cost breakdown of a garment manufacturing price.

In order to understand CMT as price component lets look at a cost breakdown that includes Fabric; Trim; Accessories; Cut and Make

1. Fabric is just fabric

2. Trim are extras that stay on the garment when you put it on such as buttons and care labels

3. Accessories are extras that you put in the trash when you put it on: poly-bag, carton box, silica gel
4. Cut and Make is the labor cost including overhead like water, electricity and cost or running factory
5. Then there is profit

There is no official black and white definition of CMT. Personally I think it should just be CM. The Trim or Thread should part of the trim price component. CM can also refer to a kind of factory.

A CM factory is just selling labour. A CM factory does not source fabric, trim or accessories. The buyer is responsible for fabric, trim and accessories.
In contrast, there are FOB factories that source fabric and are responsible for the fabric. FOB price includes cost of labour, sourcing fabric, trims and accessories from A to Z.

Are you a start up fashion brand?

If you are new to working with Vietnamese clothing manufacturers then I recommend my book as the perfect place to start. I discuss 16 questions you need to ask yourself and be able to answer before meeting with factories. I share insider tips about culture and language as well as make referrals to my network in Vietnam. Here is what one reader shared with me after reading my book.
I did not expect to find so many hard facts backed up with real contacts for products and services in the industry. Usually people do not give away easily this hard earned information which is garnered over many years of work.
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