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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > What weight tricot for men's undershirts? ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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Date: 1/31/13 11:42 PM

My husband prefers his undershirts to be made of nylon tricot but his previous source no longer offers them. When we do find them, they are very expensive. I thought I'd make them for him but I'm not sure about what kind of tricot to buy. Sew Sassy offers 40 and 15 denier but I'm not sure what that means. The 40 denier looks heavier than his current shirts. Any help you can offer will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Subject: What weight tricot for mens undershirts? Date: 2/1/13 9:40 PM

I only had a rough idea so I looked it up. According to Wikipedia:
Denier is a unit of measure for the linear mass density of fibers. It is defined as the mass in grams per 9,000 meters. The denier is based on a natural standard—i.e., a single strand of silk is approximately one denier. A 9,000-meter strand of silk weighs about one gram.

I ordered some swatches from Sew Sassy before. They are quite helpful so you might just give them a call and tell them what you are looking for.

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Date: 2/2/13 2:46 PM

Good idea. Thanks for the tip.

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Subject: What weight tricot for mens undershirts? Date: 2/3/13 10:51 PM

The 40 denier is the weight used for a slip or panties. The 15 denier is sheer and is often used as an overlay .

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Subject: What weight tricot for mens undershirts? Date: 2/3/13 10:59 PM

I just ordered a bunch of swatches from Rose City Textiles looking for the perfect red. Their silkweight jerseys might do the trick--very soft. Their swatch service is extremely reasonable (I got 10ish swatches for around $2, as I recall) and they were quick.

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