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Priscilla86
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 4:37:54 AM

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When I was in uni, one of my professors once told us that t-shirts with no side seams meant they were made in US. I don't remember why we even talked about this or its significance but I've always since wondered if what he said was true and if so, why is that?
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Hope someone can answer you Priscilla because now I'm curious too. T-shirts without side-seams? I can't imagine how you could even MAKE a t.shirt without side-seams. Or am I just being slow?
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Really big cotton bolls.



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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 7:16:48 AM

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Priscilla86 wrote:
When I was in uni, one of my professors once told us that t-shirts with no side seams meant they were made in US. I don't remember why we even talked about this or its significance but I've always since wondered if what he said was true and if so, why is that?

I have one made in Mexico. Though all the others I have are made by Fruit of the Loom which is an American company.
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I think they are woven similarly to socks. With different needles and fibers, of course.
Priscilla86
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 8:59:34 AM

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Yes, as Bloodybeef said, from what I've gathered from the internet, they are knitted / woven.

https://www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/comments/2z5kb4/eli5_how_do_some_of_my_tshirts_have_no_stitching/

I'm just wondering if this method has some kind of advantage over the conventional cut-patterns-and-sew-them-together method, and whether there's a significance that this is supposedly an American method (according to my prof, anyway). I remember we scoured the class for this seamless shirt and only one student had one on.
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Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 10:29:48 AM

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It sounds reasonable, that the t-shirts are produced without seams because of adding more value, hence gaining more profits.
MelissaMe
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 10:45:26 AM

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One word - comfort!

Knit them in the round, and make them tagless and I will buy them!!! Applause
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 10:02:49 AM
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Melissa -

"knit" them? Am I missing something or does the meaning of 'knit' get used differently in the garment industry?

(Or do people really wear wool t.shirts in America?)
MelissaMe
Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 10:25:11 AM

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Romany wrote:

Melissa -

"knit" them? Am I missing something or does the meaning of 'knit' get used differently in the garment industry?

(Or do people really wear wool t.shirts in America?)


T-shirts are knit out of very fine cotton threads by machine. Even in the UK! Dancing



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thar
Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 10:31:52 AM

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You can knit with cotton - just as you can weave with wool. The difference is the technique intersect threads in opposite directions or hook them on to the thread of the previous line - and you can make a seamless tube of fabric by knitting the thread.



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It is also why it is stretchy.

edit - cross posted with above


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Is, maybe, knitting your hobby, thar?Whistle I am just curious.

On the basis of the technical details of your answer and knitting pattern you posted, I would say that you are into knitting.Whistle
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Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 1:10:32 PM

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Learning and seeking information is my hobby. And I find fiber arts quite interesting.

I have Google, and I'm not afraid to use it!

I strongly recommend that you try it, yourselves, Romany and coaq.

Great images, thar, thanks!
thar
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Not me -I did learn as a child but I never got any good. But I grew up with my mother knitting jumpers and scarves (and making my clothes) - but no weaving!

Everyone's mother and grandmother in Iceland knits. It is genetic.

eg sheep roundup

The sheep are the ones without the woolly jumpers.
The humans have worked out how the sheep stay warm and waterproof! Whistle



(Any picture of people from Iceland you will see at least on person in an Icelandic sweater. All hand-knitted. By grannies.)

Although most pictures from Iceland are of tourists, and they have bought their sweaters. But they were still knitted by somebody's granny! Whistle

coag
Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 3:42:16 PM

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thar wrote:
The sheep are the ones without the woolly jumpers.

You made me laugh with this, thar.

I bet, everybody is happy to have these sweaters, in the winter.
thar
Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 4:56:23 PM

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Yes - mainly for the wet, though, and the adaptability, rather than it being that cold, which it isn't.

I never really thought about it, but it is rather odd. I was looking at rap videos the other day, and only then did it struck me that these young rap singers, all attitude and rebellion and American influence, baseball caps and sneakers - were wearing Icelandic sweaters. d'oh!

The thing is, you can see most of the jumpers are brown, black, grey, cream and lilacky-blue. No problem. Sheep colours. But if you want a bright blue sweater you have to breed a sheep with blue wool....Whistle




And, of course, you need to wash your wool first....Whistle



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One thing you have to be careful of, though. Don't try to shear the horses! They may look like the sheep, but if you try it, they get very confused. And the wool is a bit scratchy.


Kerry.P
Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2016 10:19:34 PM
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Romany wrote:

Melissa -

"knit" them? Am I missing something or does the meaning of 'knit' get used differently in the garment industry?

(Or do people really wear wool t.shirts in America?)


Hi Romany,

You've probably gathered by now that 'knitting' is not restricted to wool.
As a general rule, any fabric that stretches is most likely knitted. This includes silk or nylon for stockings/tights, polyester for t-shirts, etc.

Woven fabrics require threads to be taught, both vertically (warp) and horizontally (weft).
Woven fabrics can be "stretched" on the diagonal, ie, the bias.

From Thar's excellent image of knitting you can see that pulling the material in any direction means it will give/stretch.
Kerry.P
Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:38:28 PM
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Aarrgghhh - just notice my typo. Threads must be taut!!!
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Posted: Friday, September 23, 2016 1:09:47 AM

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You have a taught ship on a training cruise . . . Whistle


thar wrote:
One thing you have to be careful of, though. Don't try to shear the horses! They may look like the sheep, but if you try it, they get very confused. And the wool is a bit scratchy.


Also, your grannie may get a bit annoyed at having to knit jumpers for the horses . . .

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