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  Fabric Criteria

Knit or Woven?
Your first fabric criteria determination is whether your fabric type is a knit or a woven. A knit is made up of loops. Some knits have loops on one side and a purl stitch on the back, while others look identical on both sides. Knits typically have a lot of stretch in the width direction and some in the length. A woven is made up of interlocking yarns. Wovens have very little stretch in either direction (unless a spandex yarn is incorporated).

Fabric Construction
You next need to determine your fabric construction. Knits are comprised of two categories (weft and warp). Warp knits generally have less stretch than weft knits. Each knit category has a range of fabric construction, each with its own name. If you do not know what yours is, please send a sample to us.

Fabric Weight
It is also important to specify fabric weight. Fabric weight is defined as a weight per unit area. There are three predominant methods for specifying weight (yield). Fabric is measured in ounces per linear yard, ounces per square yard, and grams per square meter. You must know which measure is being quoted. For instance, "8 oz. fabric" is either quite light based on ounces per linear yard (quoted at 60") or quite heavy based on ounces per square yard. If you do not know the weight of the fabric you desire, please send us a sample in the weight you want or tell us how much heavier or lighter than the sample you would like your fabric.

Fabric Content
Fabric content defines the fiber(s) in the fabric. 100% cotton is easily obtainable, as is 100% polyester or blends of the two in 50/50. When you require other fibers or blend levels, consider the availability of these in the market. Certain blends are not common in the United States, so always look at the country of origin. Keep in mind that certain fabric constructions or blends may not be available for domestic production.

Fabric Color
A last consideration is fabric color. Style Source utilizes the PANTONE color formula guide for ease of communication. If you do not have access to a PANTONE book, you may submit a color swatch or a paint chip. Also bear in mind that typical textile minimums per color are 800-1,200 yards, so keep your line tight on color selection in order to keep apparel minimums or inventory exposure low. If you are considering all-over prints, keep in mind that domestically produced screens cost $500 each (one per color in the print) and that the print minimum is 3,000 yards.

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