【100/2? 32S? Thread count determines the softness of the shirt!】
On top of the fabric weaving, finishing and materials used as we discussed in previous blog posts, small details in thread can also greatly affect the comfortness of the shirt.
Thread count often refers to numbers like XX/X or XXS, which includes the thread count and number of yarns twisted together in a thread.
Thread count can indicate the thickness of the yarn, meaning the number of hanks in one pound, while the length of each hank is fixed to 840 yards.
In other words, the more hanks can be spun from the same weight of cotton, the finer the yarn will be.
For example, if one pound of cotton can spin 60 hanks, it will be marked as 60S.
The larger the thread count, the finer the yarn will be; the fabrics will therefore have smoother surface and stronger too. On the contrary, fabrics with low thread count will give a rougher touch and get wrinkles more easily.
In addition to the thread count, you may also pay attention to the number of yarns in one thread.
For example, in “100/2”, 100 means the thread count mentioned above, and 2 implies Two- ply; it means twisting two yarns together in a thread for fabric weaving, which can enhance the strength and durability of the fabrics.
Clothes or textile products have different requirements on the thread count. For instance, T-shirts would usually be around 20S and 30S.
Whereas shirts are normally within 80S, and those with thread count higher than 80S typically categorize as “High Thread count”, which offers a smoother and thinner texture.