Frequently Asked Technical Questions on Linen
1. What do you mean by TC?
2. What is Yarn Count?
3. What do you mean by CSP
4. What is Reed
5. What is Pick
6. What is Warp
7. What is weft
8. What is Satin Fabric
9. What is Percale Fabric
10. What is Single Pick
11. What is Parallel Pick
12. What is Synching
13. What is Mercerizing
14. What is Pilling
15. What is Centering
16. What is 0–0 Process
17. Does the life of material reduce when extra processes are added
18. Advantages of Stitching Pillow Cover & Duvet Cover in Single Fabric
19. What is the ideal length of Flap for Pillow Cover & Duvet Cover
20. What do you mean by reverse blend
21. When it is a Polyester Cotton Fabric how is the cotton and polyester used
22. What is the use of a Mattress Protector
23. What do you mean by Poly Fiber
24. Why do we use bonded fiber for Duvets and Mattress ProtectorsMIDDLE EAST INDIA TANZANIA
25. Can a Duvet & Mattress Protector be washed
26. Can we wash a Mattress Topper
27. Why is there a bubble formation in linen after few washes
28. Why do the Pillow Cover & Duvet Cover go crooked after washing
29. Why should we wash new linen before stacking
30. Which Towel is softer Single Pile or Double Pile
31. Why are towels with the same weight different in pricing
32. What do you mean by double yarn
33. Is it advisable to have long pile
34. Why don’t we get knitted towels
35. What is shearing
36. What is Jacquard design
37. What is dobby design
38. What is combed yarn
39. What is carded yarn
40. Why does cotton stick on to the face while wiping
41. Why does the linen lose its color after a few washes
42. What is yarn processing and Fabric Processing
43. Based on the loom does the price of item reduce
44. What is micro cotton towel
45. What is zero twist towel
46. Why do suppliers ask for minimum quantity for special designs and colors?
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How do I choose a bed linen? How can I analyze the cost on the quality?
For Bed sheets, Pillow covers, Duvet covers: Normally for all the mentioned linen these are denoted by TC (Thread Count), there is a general misconception that the more the Tc we buy better the quality. True the quality and feel is definitely going to be good but what about the life? The life would be lower when we buy more Tc the reason for that is the linen becomes thinner and silkier and it is also going to be expensive. Normally it is recommended to go for plain bed sheets and the pillow covers & duvet covers to be of any design (for looks) this also improves the life of the linen. Pure white linen are always recommended than the colored bed sheets as the colored ones has a tendency to fade after certain washes which makes them look older.
Points to be noted while buying the above mentioned linen:
1. What is the TC (Thread Count) of the fabric?
It is the number of threads per inch.
2. What is the yarn used to make the fabric? 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 60’s, 80’s?
We can use 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s and 80s. 40s is use for 200-250 TC, 60s is used for 300 TC; the blend can be of 60/40’s yarn or 60/60’s yarn and 80s for 400 TC. 20s is used for 120 TC and 30s for 150 TC
3. What is the reed & pick of the fabric? (Warp & weft)
The number of threads vertically per inch is called Reed and the number of threads horizontally is called Pick. For example. 200Tc can be made with a reed & pick of 100*100 (which normally is not done) or this can be made 110*90 (diff is only 10 threads) or 136*72 (diff is 64 threads) etc…. It is recommended that there should not be big difference on the reed & pick since the tearing strength of the fabric would be equally shared. There would be a price difference on the fabric as there is a difference in the reed & pick, the more the difference lesser the price.
4. Is the TC mentioned before or after processing?
It is recommended that we ask for the same TC before processing. For Example. If we want 200Tc then it should be 200Tc while weaving so that this becomes 210-220 Tc after processing after considering shrinkage etc...
5. What is the pick of the fabric? (Single, Parallel or Triple pick)
Normally if it is single pick the quality on the fabric is more in terms of life, tearing strength etc…. If the price is a constraint then parallel or triple can be considered. There would be a price difference when we consider the above facts, as we are aware that Quality comes at a cost.
6. Are the pillow covers stitched using a single sheet or two sheets?
It is always better if we use a single sheet to stitch pillow covers, this will avoid uneven shrinkage. If two sheets are stitched to make a pillow cover then it would be crooked or have a uneven shape after a few washes. If we opt for single sheet then the price would be higher.
7. What is the inner flap size of the pillow covers?
It is recommended that the inner flap size is 10” which will not allow the pillows to come out or rather will hold the pillows properly even on rough use.
8. What is the flap size of the duvet covers?
It is recommended that the inner flap is 8 to 10” which would not allow the duvets to come out even if the tuck in is not proper.
9. Which is the thread count which gives better life?
Any fabric which is woven in a 40’s yarn give a better life than others. In 40’s count we can weave 200 or 220 or 260 Tc in which 260 Tc would have a better life and tearing strength due to the weight and the higher raw materials used.
10. Is the design selected by you for the duvet covers and pillow covers available with the other competitors as this will reduce the risk of depending on one supplier?
The answer for the above question is there in the question itself.
11. Has the product undergone process like Mercesing, Synching, 0-0 Shrinkage, Centering etc…?
These will avoid hairiness, bubble formation, shrinkage, bowing…..