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"Dry Handle" fabric?
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Date: 6/17/13 5:25 PM

I have come across" dry handle" recently in relation to knit fabric yardage and also describe in online ads for RTW wear. As I have not a clue what it refers to, I am hoping someone can explain.
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Subject: Dry Handle fabric? Date: 6/17/13 6:12 PM

It's another term for dry clean, and most likely the origin of the clothing or fabric is a non English speaking country, according to the dry cleaner's.

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Subject: Dry Handle fabric? Date: 6/18/13 0:34 AM

I have seen this term in the Knitwit fabric mail outs, and the fabric is not listed as 'dry clean only'. I just assumed it meant that it had a dryish feel (rather than a slippery feel).

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Date: 6/18/13 0:44 AM

Knitwit mail outs is where I saw it previously and then today I had an email from Myers promoting new items. Looking in the petite section there were several knits which had the term describe, more did not have it mentioned. i did wonder about the dry clean option but sometimes the term "hand" is used.
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Date: 6/18/13 4:33 AM

Dry hand or handle describes how the fabric feels. It feels dry to touch as opposed to wet and slippery. Usually it refers to polyester knit fabrics. ITY fabrics have a dry feel, where as non-ITY fabric usually feel slippery. So in short when KnitWit say dry handle they are usually referring to ITY polyester knits. HTH

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Date: 6/18/13 7:55 AM

Thank you, Sew4Fun.
That makes sense. Since I first sewed with knits in the 70s knit fabrics have become so diverse in their makeup and properties, that i have been perplexed with many of the terms. Thanks to PR members I am gradually sorting them out.
But wovens seem to have changed very little in comparison, if I am wrong about that, please correct me.

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Date: 6/18/13 10:48 AM

I've heard dry hand used for other fiber knits, especially rayon knits that aren't silky smooth. I happen to find that rayon knits with this description are less prone to pilling.

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Subject: Dry Handle fabric? Date: 6/18/13 11:18 AM

Shows how different terms can be for sewing in different countries, and even different types of urban areas within the same country.

The only time I have seen "dry handle" is in clothing tags for care instructions. Granted, I don't look for it online (or really read past content and weight), and I don't shop at fashion districts.

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Date: 6/18/13 3:18 PM

They might be talking about or trying to in some weird way, translated down and across a bunch of different languages in language conversion, where it gets more and more garbled with each language translation (which probably does not always work that well) about it's water wicking capabilities. As maybe saying it's specially made to wick water or sweat from your body, and wick to more the top of the fabric, where it might evaporate--- or maybe not at all and it's a weird translation garble of dry clean instead?

To really know, you probably have to telephone and call someone and hope to talk to someone, and ask about things like capillary action, hydrophilic v.s. hydrophobic (repells water) and all that, but some sports fabric might be advertised more like that sometimes too.

This is one of the reasons I don't buy fabric off the internet actually, if I can't see a bolt of it and read that the end of the bolt in front of me, and hold and feel the fabric in my hand first though. Just kind of a lot of iffy stuff in there sometimes, particular if you got some language translations thrown into the mix.

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Date: 6/18/13 5:16 PM

"Hand" is a common expression used to describe the way a fabric feels when you touch it or hold it in your hand (and a lot of us shop with our hands as much as with our eyes). Some fabrics feel kind of drapy, clingy, warm, or moist, for example. Others have a dry, cool, non-clingy, or papery 'hand.' It is a very useful term.

I have never actually seen the word 'handle' in this context.

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