Fleece and Terry Knitted Fabrics | Texhour
Fleece can be knit using a two-end or a three-end process. Three-end fleece is thicker and has more loft. The binding yarn creates a barrier between the face and back yarn. More consistent print quality is achieved using three-end vs. two-end fleece.
Fleece and Terry Knitted Fabrics
• Fleece can be knit using a two-end or a three-end process.
• Three-end fleece is thicker and has more loft. The binding yarn creates a barrier between the face and back yarn. More consistent print quality is achieved using three-end vs. two-end fleece.
• Two thread fleece is considered a low-quality product as the coarse back yarn shows an impression (impact) on the front. There is a weight limitation since it is difficult to use very coarse back yarn or make a long loop. Brushing quality also compromised due to the short length of the loop.
• For fleece, the lightest recommended weight would be about 210 gsm (6.2 ounces). It would be made with a fine 40 single yarn on the face. To create a super heavyweight fleece, such as 600 grams (17.6 ounces), a much coarser yarn on the face, such as 20 singles.
• A good general guideline is 210-250 grams (6.2-7.4 ounces) for lightweight; 260-300 grams (7.7-8.8 ounces) for mid-weight, and 330-400 grams (9.7-11.7 ounces) for a heavyweight. Super heavyweight is about 500 grams (14.7 ounces) and above.
• Fleece fabrics have a high shrinkage – the fabrics need to be compacted and tumbled.
• French terry fleece:
French terry is an un-brushed fleece.
The fabric is knitted the same as normal fleece, but the loop is not brushed so it does not have that fuzziness on the inside and therefore has a thinner/flatter appearance.
• Sherpa fleece:
Sherpa fleece is 100% polyester - it is brushed and washed to get the fluffy ball formation. Frequently used as a lining.
• Polar fleece:
It is also 100% polyester. It has loops on both sides also is brushed on both sides.