Types of Manufactured Fibers
Polyester fiber characteristics are that it's made from coal or petroleum, strong & often blended with other fabrics, resistant to wrinkling, shrink & stretch resistant, easy to care for, great washability, pills easily, and static buildup. The common uses for polyester are children's wear, shirts, and suits.
Acetate fiber characteristics are that it is very versatile, inexpensive & easy to dye, silky & luxurious, deep luster & soft, wrinkles easy, and special care needed in cleaning. The common uses for acetate are neckties, lingerie, blouses, and linings.
Rayon fiber characteristics are that it's soft & comfortable, absorbent, inexpensive, stretches & is weak when wet, and mildews & wrinkles easily. The common uses for rayon are linings, sport shirts, and jackets.
Nylon fiber characteristics are that it's the first fiber to be manufactured totally from chemicals, it's strong, durable & elastic, dries quickly, resists wrinkles & soil, washes easily, heat sensitive, and clings to the wearer. The common uses for nylon are hosiery, swimwear, and windbreakers.
Spandex fiber characteristics are that it is known for its ability to stretch, resistant to lotions, oils, sun, & perspiration, easily damaged by chlorine bleach, soft & lightweight, durable, and nonabsorbent. The common uses for spandex are swimwear, dance wear, and exercise wear.
Acrylic fiber characteristics are that it resembles wool, soft & warm, bulky yet lightweight, quick drying, strong, wrinkle resistant, static buildup, and pills easily. The common uses for acrylic are terrycloth, bathrobes, knitted garments, and outdoor furniture fabrics & awnings.