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Let a Soft Shell keep you warm this winter!

Let a Soft Shell keep you warm this winter!

Jan 29, 2015 9:09:00 PM / by Rachel Rodgers

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Soft shells or bonded fleece fabric is a popular fabric used for outerwear, winter wear, sportswear, and blankets. But what exactly is it and what is it made of?

Fleece is made of polyester, which is a chemically derived fabric made from the polymer compound of two petroleum products: terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol. These two chemicals form a polymer called is polyethylene terephthalate, or PET. The PET in a syrup-texture form is is then extruded into fibers by forcing the polymer through minute holes and forming small threads. After drying it can easily be pressed and formed into fabrics we call polyester and polyester fleece.

With high-performance sportswear, bonded fleece is more weather resistant, and because it’s pressed so tightly it locks in warmth and whisks away moisture. Bonded fleece creates one fabric with two different sides. The process of bondingpresses together two fabrics permanently so that one side is different than the other. This makes for a premade two-sided liner in one fabric. Adhesives, binders, or thin slices of foam may be used as the marrying agent. Fabrics can also be bonded to ultra-thin slices of foam or other materials on the cutting tables, and make possible easier handling of fragile cloths such as delicate laces, sheer materials, or lightweight knits. Bonded fabrics are commonly used in outerwear, and corporate wear jackets.

By bonding together two different weights and textures of fleece, one fabric can be strong, durable, be able to lock in warmth, and have two separate functions in one single fabric. One side may be a liner close to the body, and one side may be the weather-repellent outer shell.

Fleece is a favorite because it’s extremely warm, comfy, virtually poreless and it doesn’t pill.   But bonded fleece is one step up for adventurous outerwear: perfect for the athlete, cold-weather enthusiast and adventurer, against cold and dreary weather.

Check out our Selection of Soft Shell Jackets below. We have hooded, color-block, heavy weight and light weight jackets.

Shop Soft Shell Fleece

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About Classic Touch Embroidery:

Classic Touch Embroidery is a custom embroidery and screen-printing service providing apparel and promotional products for all of your business’ needs. Founded in 1994, owner Debbie Duffield has been involved in the sewing industry for over 32 years.  CTE believes in educating our client and she has a zeal for matching the right product to her client’s needs. Classic Touch Embroidery has over 2 million products a few clicks away and will find the essential product for you: visit www.classictouchembroidery.com or call 856-381-5144.

Source:  http://www.fabriclink.com/dictionaries/textile.cfm

 

Topics: Embroidery

Written by Rachel Rodgers

See more of my freelance work at  http://www.rodgerswritinganddesign.com/

 

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