Selecting Fabric, sewing and checking quality Neckties

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The quality neckties are made from natural materials like silk, wool, and cashmere.  As there are varying degrees of silk quality so if a label says it’s made of 100% silk doesn’t mean it’s a quality tie, there are some other factors that make a tie an excellent quality tie.

Microfiber ties are the latest development in the necktie industry. Microfiber is a material which blends a unique combination of both polyester and polyamide materials which are woven into fabric especially for producing neckties.  Most ties are made by the combination of hand and machines. However, some manufacturers produce them by hand and many are totally produce using machine.

The easiest and economical way of sewing a tie is to cut the fabric, roll it up, and then sew it up at the seam into a tube. Ties made of this way are of lower quality and they lose their shape easily even if they are made of 100% silk cloth.

Parts of a necktie are blade, neck and tail joined together, and the material and seams are lightly pressed. First, the interlining, the core strip of thicker material, wool or cotton or a blend of the two, around which the silk is folded, is tucked into the blade tip.

The high-quality ties are mostly handmade. First the fabric is cut by hand using a transparent template. The reason the template must be transparent is to ensure that patterns of the tie lie symmetrical. This is important especially for striped neckties. Striped ties have diagonal stripes that are exactly parallel to the tip of the tie.

Note that cheaper ties are difficult in making a nice knot in first place, but even if you manage to do this, you will be able to tell once you take the tie back off.  The knot area will be hard to go back to its normal state.  Another test, after your untie, let it hang down on a hanger and you will see it twists over, if it does so, then it is for sure tie is made with machine and of not superior quality, manufacture has not used the correct inlay of the tie. Quality inlays are made from wool, cotton, or silk and cheaper inlays are made from polyester and they might crinkle inside of the tie after tying it.

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Helen Roberto is a freelance writer and loves to participate in discussion of textile industry globally. In her spare time, she works as an admin to maintain this blog and few others. Her knowledge on the subject has benefited many associated to home textile manufacturing and marketing.

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