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Old July 7th, 2008 Jul 7, 2008 10:17:08 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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I have been looking around to buy cotton-blank t-shirts and found different factors in the process; like weight, combed, pre-washed, etc. How can I determine the best quality cotton t-shirt to buy for the best price. Thanks.
 
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Old July 7th, 2008 Jul 7, 2008 10:43:27 AM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: How to determine the right cotton quality?

I can tell you that the higher the thread weight count, the tighter the weave of the shirt. You will often see shirts listed as an 18 single, or 30 single, or 40 single. The higher the number, the finer the weave of the shirt, and the more lightweight it will be. Generally, nicer shirts are 30 single. 40 single would be more like a vintage type shirt- very lightweight. An 18 single would be more heavy weight, or a coarser weave.

Pre-washed means that it helps the shirt not to shrink further. You definitely want pre-washed or pre-shrunk, especially if you are purchasing 100% cotton.

Combed cotton is just a type of very soft cotton. WIthout going into the long definition of it, it just means that before the cotton is spun into thread, it is combed and any short or impure fibers are removed. This makes it softer and more costly. Combed cotton would be preferable.

A lot depends on the type of t-shirt you are looking to make. If you are trying to make a sports shirt, softness may not be that much of a factor. If you are trying to make a fashion shirt, softness would be a much larger factor.
 
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Default Re: How to determine the right cotton quality?

Thanks a lot. Very helpful.
 
 
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Default Re: How to determine the right cotton quality?

thanks Beau and Hale... it was very simple yet helpful
 
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Default Re: How to determine the right cotton quality?

very useful for me to understand the quality of t-shirt
 
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Default Re: How to determine the right cotton quality?

absolutely great information!!! thanks
 
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Default Re: How to determine the right cotton quality?

Thanks for simple explaination
 
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Default Re: How to determine the right cotton quality?

Thanks beau, very useful informations.

I would add some mere thing. When u want to buy the t shirts, u haev to decide the weight,
GSM, usually the t shirt manufacturers used to say Grams per Squaremeter of the fabric, which will give the feel of hte fabric. When u want to buy thinner fabric u have to choose less GSM where the finer count of yarn is used while knitting and vise versa.

And also problem of pilling will comes while using the tees, for that u have to advice the supplier to make the fabric Bio wash, which is the best and cheapest way to minimise pilling.
But usually u can get less pilling in fabrics knitted in combed finer count yarn.

Hope my info will add value to the thread .
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Thanks for the info its helped me out a lot! I wasn't sure which was the best quality and coz of your info I'm giving my customers the best money can buy!


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Default Re: How to determine the right cotton quality?

triblend VS polycotton vs cotton ??
which one would you guys choose for printing fashion vintage t shirts ?
pros and cons please ?
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Default Re: How to determine the right cotton quality?

Thanks for info very helpful
 
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Default Re: How to determine the right cotton quality?

Very informative. Is it still durable when its combed? Like for a weight lifting tank top. Will it be better to have a heavier shirt?
 
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Default Re: How to determine the right cotton quality?

Heavier shirt does not necessary means higher quality.

My personnal preference is ring-spun Combed Cotton, extremely soft with a tighter, smoother weave, and PIMA coton very very very soft.

Now for the weight, it is your preference, do you leave in hot country or cold country, will you do workwear or activity that can tore the garment
155 GSM or 200 GSM under heavy sun I prefer lighter shirt. lighter shirt are preferred by women
200 GSM will be stronger to tear.

A 155 GSM ring-spun Combed Cotton will outbeat a 180 GSM basic cotton t-shirt
 
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Default Re: How to determine the right cotton quality?

Thank you. I live in NY. I recently received samples from a manufacturer in china (180 GSM). I posted a few questions here. I would love your input (link below). I will research ring spun combed cotton. Just one more question. Is ring spun combed cotton flexible/stretchy? Thanks

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Thank you. I live in NY. I recently received samples from a manufacturer in china (180 GSM). I posted a few questions here. I would love your input (link below). I will research ring spun combed cotton. Just one more question. Is ring spun combed cotton flexible/stretchy? Thanks

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Combed Cotton is very soft the flexible/stretchy will depend of the count to be use in the knitting process but usually in standar count knitting will have a nice flexibility iof you want more stretch then will need some lycra in the blend.
 
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