The first thing my boss taught me was, “What is the difference between woven and knit fabric?” Knit is t-shirt fabric. Woven is bed sheet fabric. Why is this important? When you enter into the garment manufacturing world you need to know what fabric you are working with. The first question I ask people when they contact us about garment manufacturing in Vietnam is: what kind of fabric does your garment use? If they don’t know the difference then I know their level of knowledge and experience. Another reason for knowing the difference between woven and knit is because most factories work with one fabric or the other not both. For example we are a knit factory not woven. It means that we make t-shirts, polos, hoodies, dresses using circular knitted fabrics like single jersey, pique, interlock etc. We don’t make wedding dresses or mens dress shirts using woven fabric. Below are two images that clearly distinguish the two kinds of fabric.
Also can find out what is the difference between woven and knit fabric on What The Craft website.
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Difference Between Circular Knit and Flat Knit

Don’t confuse circular knit with flat knit. Circular knit is made with a machine that knits the fabric in a cylinder and the weight is “light.” Circular knit fabric has a gauge of 12 to 22 which basically means that the fabric is thin like t-shirt or fleece fabric. Flat knit is made with a machine that knits the fabric in sheets ( or flat) and the gauge is 2 to 10. Flat knit is thick sweater fabric like your grandmother usually makes sitting in a rocking chair with two needle-sticks. Below is a picture of a circular knit machine and flat knit machine. We work with circular knit fabric. Understanding how these two machines are different is key to understanding the answer to: What is the difference between woven and knit fabric?
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Flat Knit Machine Vietnam

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Our vice director, Ms. Sim, will review your email if we can meet your needs. She needs tech packs and order quantities to quote price. Or, she needs to see your website and understand your business model.

Remember that Thai Son only produces garments with knit fabric and has an MOQ of 2,000 pieces per color per style.

Or, do you just want to learn more?

If you are a beginner or just want to learn about manufacturing garments in Vietnam then we recommend this book which you can buy on Amazon for $US9.99 and read at your own pace.
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Video About Differences Between Woven and Knit Fabric.

In simple terms: Knit fabric is t-shirt fabric and woven fabric is mens dress shirts or bed sheets.

Knit fabric is looped together and stretches. Examples of knit are single jersey, interlock, pique, rib and ponte roma.

Woven fabric is interlaced at right angles. Woven fabric does not stretch. Examples are Twill, Chiffon, Denim and Poplin.

Why is this important? When you enter into the garment manufacturing world you need to know what fabric you are working with.
The first question I ask people when they contact us about garment manufacturing in Vietnam is: what kind of fabric does your garment use? If they don’t know the difference between woven and knit fabric then I know their level of knowledge and experience.
What is the difference between woven and knit fabric? What if the fibers are so tiny that you can’t tell if they’re crossed or looped? One way to find out if it’s knit or woven is to test how it stretches.

Because knit fabric is made from one continuous thread (much like the one continuous yarn in your hand-knitting), it stretches all over. Woven fabrics, on the other hand, will only stretch diagonally or as a sewer might say, on the bias.
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Mailing Address
Thai Son S.P Co., Ltd.
143/11H Ung Van Khiem
Ward 25, Binh Thanh District
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Zip Code: 700000
Tel. +84 903926973
Attn: Ms. Sim