Look inside the garment for quality: You will see double-needle hems on better garments. This is two rows of stitching sewn parallel to each other. Look at the shirt’s neck and shoulders to find a ¼ inch of fabric sewn over the inside seams. Taped neck seams, taped shoulder seams and double needle hems secure the seams, help the garment maintain its shape and give a more finished appearance.
Apparel weight (light, medium or heavy weight) is not the best indicator of a garment’s quality. Light weight is about 4 oz. per square yard of fabric; medium weight is about 5 oz. and heavyweight is about 6 oz. Weight will vary among fabrics. For example, the often-seen white t-shirt of many famous brands is available in a 5 oz weight and a 6 oz. weight. While the lighter garment is more economical, a white tee shirt is somewhat transparent and revealing. On the other hand, the ultra popular Under Armour® brand features t-shirt styles that are super thin and use very light weight performance fabrics.
* Look for “no curl” collars on your golf shirt; choose “anti pill” fleece on your hooded pullover. If you choose a performance fabric, make sure your decorating technique will not compromise the garments performance properties.[/box]
Why do better quality garments last longer?
One reason is dimensional stability