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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > Tactel Nylon Knit from Fabric.com ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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Tactel Nylon Knit from Fabric.com
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Annette Wright
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Date: 12/9/09 8:40 AM

I'm starting to think of the Active Wear contest and getting some fabrics for this.

Link to the knits

Have you purchased this fabric and what is it like? They sure have a lot of fun bright colors. I'm wondering how it would work for everyday tees. I guess I should just buy some.

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Date: 12/9/09 9:36 AM

I have some that I purchased months ago when they were on sale. Wow, fabric.com put up lots of new colors. The tactel knit is like a smooth faced slinky knit almost. It has a weighty drape and is very stretchy. It is a good thickness, not flimsy and washes and dries like a champ. Anyone who likes nylon type of fitness wear would like this. I prefer cottons and cotton lycras so I haven't sewn the tactel yet.

If you search the boards with the word tactel you might find the discussion about this fabric and other fitness wear fabrics from when they first appeared on fabric.com.

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Date: 12/9/09 10:29 AM

I just made and reviewed M5536 with mine..
review 5536

I do like cotton blends for the everyday type of T's, but this did make a nice dressier version. The colors are nice and seemed to be accurite on my monitor..certainly better than my camera. This one is Wasabi.

The downside I found is that my machine didn't really like it. While it is not advertised as having an automatic tension adjustment, I have not had to change tension for anything until this fabric. I usually sew knits with a slight stretching of the fabric and have not had any problems doing this. When I tested that method with this fabric, the stitches really loosened up and formed little loops. I ended up sewing it as I would a woven and the seams are holding..I did a test first and yanked in every direction, so I am not expecting any problems with it. It was not a big enough problem to stop me from buying more..thanx for bringing the new pricing to my attention.

It is a nice feeling fabric and the colors and prices are great..just do a test run on your machine first..I don't have a serger, so don't know how that would react.

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Date: 12/9/09 10:48 AM

What a nice top! Great idea to make something interesting and dressy with the fabric.

A note on the colors - I got a cut of the "maroon" and it was a dark color with lots of brown, it could go in a brown category just as well as a maroon category.

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Date: 12/9/09 5:12 PM

I agree, the maroon is very dark, but I like it! I ordered more so I could make DH a tactel tee.
I've made 3 of the S2603 cozy wraps with this fabric and they turned out nice. Here is one from the Amethyst color. The ladies I made them for just love them.
It was a little bit tricky to sew, but not as bad as slinky and my machine handled it okay. It is very cool (temp wise) to wear, so I ordered a bunch of colors to make tanks and tees for summer.

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Date: 12/9/09 8:06 PM

Now that is just way cool. Izzie, what a terrific top and cardi. Is tactel the same as slinky material I see listed on other sites?

Karen

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Date: 12/9/09 8:46 PM

I've purchased it in dune, wasabi and royal. I think Tactel has anti-bacterial properties in the nylon, so I'm hoping it will be good for sport shirts and possibly shorts for DH and DS.

ETA: Forgot to say how nice both of those tops look!
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Date: 12/10/09 12:15 PM



Those garments posted above are gorgeous!!

I was wondering about Tactel and bought some. For me it definitely feels more artificial and heavy than most other knits. It's very soft and heavy. Also Beware: it snags very easily.

I had a pair and wore then over slightly stubbly legs and the darn snags showed even on the outside.

I did a search on Tactel when I bought mine and came up with this info--obviously from a company who is invested in selling some:

The name Tactel® is derived from “tacto” – the Latin word for “touch.” Tactel® is a special type of nylon that was first introduced as a unique product in 1983. It was originally used in manufacturing ski apparel, but designers quickly discovered the fabric offered benefits for other types of garments as well. Today, you can find Tactel® in everything from office attire to women’s that regularly uses this lightweight nylon in its products.
Tactel® is said to dry eight times faster than cotton, but it is at least twice as soft as most other fibers. Tactel® is lightweight and breathable, making it appropriate for many different types of clothing. In addition, this fabric is three times as resilient as comparable natural fibers.
Caring for garments made from Tactel® is very simple. Most items are machine washable and easily cleaned with a mild detergent. However, since this versatile nylon fabric retains its color and shape very well, you’ll typically need less water and less detergent to keep your garments looking their best.
If you’re concerned about the environment, you may have heard that clothing created from a man-made fiber such as Tactel® causes The manufacturing process used to create Tactel® does require the use of oil, but less than 1% of the world’s annual global oil production is used in this manner. Other fabrics have their own negative environmental impact by requiring the use of large areas of agricultural land and harsh chemicals for processing. In comparison, Tactel® can be dyed with out the bleaching of cotton or the high temperatures required by WOOL
The inherent strength of TACTEL® fiber enables the production of fabrics that are 3 times as tough (resilient) as those based on natural fibers.
TACTEL® fiber dries 8 times faster than cotton.
TACTEL® fiber is at least twice as soft as most other fibers.
Breathability is one of the most vital properties in a fabric when it comes to comfort. The performance of fabrics made with TACTEL® fiber meets these requirements.
LIGHTWEIGHT 20% LIGHTER than most other fabrics for the same cover value.

Hope this helps.

Carla
Edited for grammar and spelling.
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-- Edited on 12/10/09 12:19 PM --

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Date: 12/10/09 2:04 PM

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dune, wasabi and royal.

The colors are yummy! Is the royal blue really "royal"? I think of the primary color blue - very saturated and bright, or maybe just a shade darker than a true blue, but much brighter than navy blue. On my monitor it looks teal-ish.
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Date: 12/10/09 2:57 PM

Those are gorgeous items. I went ahead and ordered 2 pieces of it last night...but now I'm thinking I might want to order more.

I will wait a few days, since the sale is still on.

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