Workwear and Safety
The list below are 10 tips for workwear and safety, how to select the best workwear by simply inspecting the garments for use :
- When looking at workwear and safety, look for fabrics made from “ring spun” fibers. Such fibers help make work apparel more durable, softer, and lighter to wear. Ring spun fibers also allow work clothing to retain its shape so wearers don’t appear disheveled but, instead, project a continuous professional image.
- Take a close look at the stitching. The tighter the stitching pattern or the number stitches per inch (SPI), is a good indicator of quality. For a quick test: grab the fabric at the seams with both hands and gently pull. The threads should hold securely to ensure workwear and safety usage will be long lasting.
- Look for two-piece construction on shirt collars. Known as a “banded collar,” this extra construction method adds rigidity to collars, creating a more professional appearance. When do you want one-piece construction? Think pajamas.
- Check for triangular sewn tacks on pocket corners. Such tacks strengthen the stress points where pockets most often tear.
- Test for sewn-in collar stays. These are almost always made of thin plastic pieces that are inserted into the tips of collars during the manufacturing process to help them retain shape and prevent curling. Lift a collar to reveal the underside and feel for the stay. Is there a nice tight pocket formed from stitching to keep it in place at the pointed collar tip? For workwear and safety shirts, collar stays should be stitched down to the bottom ply of the collar to prevent shifting or fall out.
- Examine shirt cuffs for lining. Flip the shirt cuff inside out: Is it two-ply? If so, the fabric has been folded in half and stitched together to form the outside and the lining of a quality cuff. This adds strength and a nice heft to the sleeves to help keep them comfortably in place. As essential for workwear and safety clothing.
- Examine pants pockets for topstitching. Topstitches are sewn parallel to a seam or along a hem to help fabric facings stay in place and provide a crisply styled edge to pant pocket openings.
- Look for wider belt loops and back pockets. Narrow pocket openings, especially, can be annoying while performing certain work tasks. And larger work belts will have less room to move with you, causing discomfort, and will eventually rip narrower loops.
- Check Pant legs for ample bottom hems. Fold the bottom of the pant leg over and take a peek. How much fabric is doubled over and sewn there? A larger hem adds weight so pant legs drape better, and helps form a nicely defined hem crease.
- Inspect fasteners for workwear and safety. Whether buttons, snaps, Velcro®, or zippers, ensure that all fasteners on shirts and pants are sewn on securely. Button holes in well-made garments are often bound with thread for added durability; zippers should move freely up and down without hesitation.
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