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Old May 9th, 2007 May 9, 2007 10:27:35 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default What makes a tshirt a quality tshirt?

What makes a great shirt? I have no idea as to what to look for tommorow when I head over to americana in gardena.. I'm looking for the best quality, stuff like tommy hilfiger, ecko, etc...

I want to sell the best product possible, so please help

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Default Re: What makes a tshirt a quality tshirt?

I'd like to know this as well! I have heard from different sources that the best quality cottons come from India? What makes a cotton higher quality than the next one? What specifications should I be looking for if I want a really soft hand feel? Are there particular washes I should use?
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Default Re: What makes a tshirt a quality tshirt?

This should be all subjective. If you feel that a particular t-shirt is good isn't that enough to say its quality in your mind?

Some people will like a heavy weight t-shirt, others a light weight shirt. most will like them soft while others like it harder.

Quality is all really subjective however there are some things such as the construction of the shirt (hems, side-seams,etc) which can really set a t-shirt apart from another.
 
 
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Default Re: What makes a tshirt a quality tshirt?

People may like different feels and weights in their shirts, but the question is quality. How well will the shirt hold it's shape and size. How many washings will it take before it starts to look ratty?
I would like to hear any suggestions that any one has about which shirts have worked best for them.
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Default Re: What makes a tshirt a quality tshirt?

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This should be all subjective. If you feel that a particular t-shirt is good isn't that enough to say its quality in your mind?

Some people will like a heavy weight t-shirt, others a light weight shirt. most will like them soft while others like it harder.

Quality is all really subjective however there are some things such as the construction of the shirt (hems, side-seams,etc) which can really set a t-shirt apart from another.

I do agree and see what you are saying, but, this still does not tell us what makes a quality shirt .
 
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Default Re: What makes a tshirt a quality tshirt?

there are a lot of technical issues to define the cloth, there are ring-spun, interlock, etc
 
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Default Re: What makes a tshirt a quality tshirt?

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People may like different feels and weights in their shirts, but the question is quality. How well will the shirt hold it's shape and size. How many washings will it take before it starts to look ratty?
I would like to hear any suggestions that any one has about which shirts have worked best for them.
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Just a tip: there are lots of suggestions on which shirts have worked best for members in the Wholesale T-Shirts section of the forum. If you search for quality or best, you'll find lots of suggestions.

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I do agree and see what you are saying, but, this still does not tell us what makes a quality shirt
That's because nobody else can tell you whether a shirt is the "high quality" shirt you have in your mind. Because what they picture could be totally different than what you picture.

It's hard to tell whether a shirt will hold its construction after wash just by looking at a new shirt.

That's where the sample process comes in. You hold the shirt and see if it has the "feel" and "weight" that you want. Or if you haven't seen the shirt in person, you get recommendation (lots are posted here in the forums).

Then you buy a sample and wear it, wash it, ask friends to wear one, wash them and see how they feel. See how it holds up after the wash.

You can look at the stitching around the neckline/shoulders and seams to see if it all appears to be intact without loose stitches. A gentle tug shouldn't unravel the garment.
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Old May 10th, 2007 May 10, 2007 2:30:41 PM -   #8 (permalink)
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Just a tip: there are lots of suggestions on which shirts have worked best for members in the Wholesale T-Shirts section of the forum. If you search for quality or best, you'll find lots of suggestions.



That's because nobody else can tell you whether a shirt is the "high quality" shirt you have in your mind. Because what they picture could be totally different than what you picture.

It's hard to tell whether a shirt will hold its construction after wash just by looking at a new shirt.

That's where the sample process comes in. You hold the shirt and see if it has the "feel" and "weight" that you want. Or if you haven't seen the shirt in person, you get recommendation (lots are posted here in the forums).

Then you buy a sample and wear it, wash it, ask friends to wear one, wash them and see how they feel. See how it holds up after the wash.

You can look at the stitching around the neckline/shoulders and seams to see if it all appears to be intact without loose stitches. A gentle tug shouldn't unravel the garment.
Thanks for your reply rodney.

I just got back from americana and they seem to have quality shirts.
 
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Default Re: What makes a tshirt a quality tshirt?

do you guys know what the specs are on brands like ecko, tommy hilfiger. etc. i know most of the ecko stuff is 100% cotton, but, what else makes their shirts quality?
 
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Default Re: What makes a tshirt a quality tshirt?

This is a litle oversimplified, but it might help.

Cotton is grown in several regions of the world, including the United States. Some cotton has longer fibers. Egyptian and Indian cotton often are advertised as longer fibers. I have seem similar claims for Peruvian cotton. Longer fiber cotton can be made into smaller diameter threads with the same strength as larger thread from shorter fibers. At the same weight, more thinner fibers will give a more supple fabric that drapes better if the weave patterns are the same.

Sometimes cotton fibers are mercerized before or after cloth is woven. This essentially means the fibers are soaked in sodium hydroxise solution (lye). The fibers swell and break. They are less stiff but also less strong.

The way the cloth is woven will also impact the final properties of the tee shirt.

Finally, the shirt construction will impact the way the shirt performs. Look at the way the arms are attached. Is there a double row of stitching or a single row, Look at the bottom hem, it may also be single or double stitched. Most tees are ring spun so there are no side seams. Some heavier tees will have seams under the arms down the sides. Finally look at the collar. The weight of the welt material and how it is attached will impact the performance of the shirt. The only way to be sure about some of this is to wash and dry the shirt several times.

By the way pre-shrunk does mean pre-washed. Most pre-shrunk shirts are mechanically shrunk so there appears to be minimal shrinkage when washed.
 
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Default Re: What makes a tshirt a quality tshirt?

opps! Sodium Hydroxide. Spelling isn't my strong suit.

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Default Re: What makes a tshirt a quality tshirt?

opps again. Proofreading obviously isn't too good either. Preshrunk and prewashed are NOT the same. Sorry for the poorly worded post.

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Default Re: What makes a tshirt a quality tshirt?

so what is the difference?

Thanks a lot for your post Jim.
 
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Default Re: What makes a tshirt a quality tshirt?

Most of my male customers prefer a 6.0 ounce or high weight, 100% cotton shirt. Hanes Beefy T, Gildan 2000, SanMar PC61 all seem acceptable for most work.

Most of my female customers prefer a lighter weight blend or cotton with some Spandex. Bella is a popular mid priced brand. Hanes Silver for her works well in the 30+ age group.

I'm sure everyone else will have a slightly different list, so try some and see what your customers prefer.

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Default Re: What makes a tshirt a quality tshirt?

Thanks for the info - it was very helpful.
 






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