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 American Apparel Fabric Feature Chart
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Fabrics Chart
 
Color Fastness
Screen- printing Results
Shrinkage
Fabric Care
Fabric Weight
100% Cotton
Superior
Minimal
CAN 9.5oz
USA 5.8 oz/yd²
EU 197 g/m²
Superior
Minimal
CAN 9.5oz
USA 5.8 oz/yd²
EU 197 g/m²
Superior
Minimal
CAN 12oz
USA 7.2 oz/yd²
EU 244 g/m²
Superior
None
14 oz/yd² (475 g/m²)
Superior
None
4.5 oz/yd² (153 g/m²)
Superior
Minimal
4.3 oz/yd² (146 g/m²)
Superior
Some
8 oz/yd² (271 g/m²)
Superior
None
14 oz/yd² (475 g/m²)
Superior
Minimal
5.8 oz/yd² (197 g/m²)
Superior
Minimal
3.8 oz/yd² (129 g/m²)
Superior
 
Minimal
3.2 oz/yd² (108 g/m²)
100% Organic Cotton
Superior
Minimal
4.3 oz/yd² (146 g/m²)
Superior
Minimal
5.8 oz/yd² (197 g/m²)
Superior
Minimal
5.8 oz/yd² (197 g/m²)
Superior
Minimal
7.2 oz/yd² (244 g/m²)
Blended and Synthetic
Superior
None
4.5 oz/yd² (153 g/m²)
Superior
Minimal
4.8 oz/yd² (163 g/m²)
Superior
Some
5.6 oz/yd² (190 g/m²)
Superior
Minimal
8.2 oz/yd² (278 g/m²)
Superior
 
Minimal
 
Superior
Minimal
4.3 oz/yd² (146 g/m²)
Superior
 
Minimal
3.7 oz/yd² (125 g/m²)
Superior
None
 
13 oz/yd² (441 g/m²)
Superior
 
Minimal
6.7 oz/yd² (227 g/m²)
Superior
 
None
3.3 oz/yd² (112 g/m²)
Superior
 
Minimal
3.8 oz/yd² (129 g/m²)
Superior
 
None
2.5 oz/yd² (85 g/m²)
Superior
 
None
9.6 oz/yd² (325 g/m²)
Superior
None
6.45 oz/yd² (219 g/m²)
Superior
None
2.5 oz/yd² (85 g/m²)
Superior
Some
5.8 oz/yd² (197 g/m²)
Superior
Minimal
3.5 oz/yd² (119 g/m²)
Superior
 
Minimal
4.5 oz/yd² (153 g/m²)
Good
Some
4.2 oz/yd² (142 g/m²)
Superior
 
Minimal
7.4 oz/yd² (251 g/m²)
Superior
Minimal
3.7 oz/yd² (125 g/m²)
Superior
 
None
 
Superior
Minimal
3.7 oz/yd² (125 g/m²)
Superior
None
8.3 oz/yd² (281 g/m²)
Superior
 
Minimal
 
Superior
Minimal
9.2 oz/yd² (312 g/m²)
 
 
100% Cotton Fabric Details
You can feel the difference between our cotton and the cotton of other leading brands. Our cotton is noticeably softer and smoother because it's combed, spun tighter, and woven finer.
Heavy Jersey (Style HJ000 Series)
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  Superior color fastness
  Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  18 Singles
  Fabric weight for colors: 5.8 oz/yd² (197 g/m²)
  Fabric weight for white: 5.6 oz/yd² (190 g/m²)
  Superior screen printing results
Made of 100% ring-spun cotton, this fabric is heavier than our fine jersey yet still exceptionally smooth and comfortable.
Baby Rib (Style 4000 Series)
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  Superior color fastness
  Minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 5.8 oz/yd² (197 g/m²)
  Good screen printing results
Made of 100% fine ring-spun combed cotton, this finer 1x1 rib knit features a comfortable stretch with excellent durability through repeated washings.
California Fleece (Style 5000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Superior color fastness
  Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 7.2 oz/yd² (244 g/m²)
  Superior screen printing results
Unlike typical synthetic fleece, our California Fleece is made of 100% extra soft ring-spun combed cotton, pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage. Extra thick for extra warmth, yet breathable.
Cotton Denim (Style DM000 & ND000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Superior color fastness
  Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low or hang dry
  Fabric weight 14.0 oz/yd² (475 g/m²)
  Superior screen printing results
 
 
 
Cotton Piqué (Style PQ000 Series)
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  Superior color fastness
  Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 4.5 oz/yd² (153 g/m²)
  Superior screen printing results
Made of 100% ring-spun combed cotton, this lightweight fabric features a soft textured appearance.
Fine Jersey (Style 2000 Series)
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  Superior color fastness
  Minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 4.3 oz/yd² (146 g/m²)
  Superior screen printing results
Made of 100% fine ring-spun combed cotton, this lightweight fine jersey is exceptionally smooth and tight-knit, making it just as opaque as a much heavier fabric.
Interlock (Style 7000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Superior color fastness
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 8 oz/yd² (254 g/m²)
  Superior screen printing results
Made of 100% ring-spun combed cotton, this fabric is woven to feature a smooth surface and extra give for extra comfort.
Natural Denim (Style E000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Superior color fastness
  Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 14.0 oz/yd² (475 g/m²)
  Superior screen printing results
Our Natural Denim is a heavy-weight denim, but still soft to the touch, with a bit of stretch for added comfort.
2X1 Rib (Style 3000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Superior color fastness
  Minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 5.8 oz/yd² (197 g/m²)
  Good screen printing results
Made of 100% fine ring-spun combed cotton, this textured rib knit features a comfortable stretch with excellent durability through repeated washings.
Sheer Jersey (Style 6000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Superior color fastness
  Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 3.8 oz/yd² (129 g/m²)
  Good screen printing results
Made of 100% ring-spun combed cotton, sheer jersey is constructed of lightweight extra-fine yarn for extra-softness and a superior feel to the touch. Drapes well, accentuating body contours.
Sheer Rib (Style S000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Superior color fastness
  Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 3.2 oz/yd² (109 g/m²)
  Fair screen printing results
Made of 100% fine ring-spun combed cotton, this fabric is extremely soft and lightweight, and features a semi-sheer appearance.
100% Organic Cotton Fabric Details00% Organic Cotton
Our environmentally safe and friendly pre-washed organic cotton is manufactured under strict conditions, resulting in a pesticide,     herbicide, and chemical-free product. Please note that the unbleached, natural color of the fabric will reveal the texture and imperfections that bleaches and other treatments typically eliminate.
Organic Fine Jersey (Style 2000org Series)
Actual Size
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  Made of imported certified organic cotton
  Superior color fastness
  Minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 4.3 oz/yd² (146 g/m²)
  Superior screen printing results
Made of 100% fine ring-spun combed organic cotton, this lightweight fine jersey is exceptionally smooth and tight-knit, making it just as opaque as much heavier fabric.
Organic 2X1 Rib (Style 3000org Series)
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  Made of imported certified organic cotton
  Superior color fastness
  Minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 5.8 oz/yd² (197 g/m²)
  Good screen printing results
Made of 100% fine ring-spun combed organic cotton, this textured rib knit features a comfortable stretch with excellent durability through repeated washings.
Organic Baby Rib (Style 4000org Series)
Actual Size
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  Made of imported certified organic cotton
  Superior color fastness
  Minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 5.8 oz/yd² (197 g/m²)
  Superior screen printing results
Made of 100% fine ring-spun combed organic cotton, this finer 1x1 rib knit features a comfortable stretch with excellent durability through repeated washings.
Organic California Fleece (Style 5000org Series)
Actual Size
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  Made of imported certified organic cotton
  Superior color fastness
  Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 7.2 oz/yd² (244 g/m²)
  Superior screen printing results
 


 
Blend & Synthetic Fabric Details
We blend our cotton with synthetics fibers to create fabrics that are both soft and smooth, but with the added flexibility of exceptional stretch, texture, or warmth. Our collection also includes innovative synthetic materials that are as unique as they are comfortable and durable.
Polyester Jersey (Style PL000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 4.5 oz/yd² (153 g/m²)
  30 Singles
  Superior screen printing results
A comfortable and lightweight fabric made of a fine count yarn.
Baby Thermal (Style T000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Superior color fastness
  Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 4.8 oz/yd² (163 g/m²)
  Good screen printing results
Made of a 55% ring-spun combed cotton / 45% fine polyester blend, this fabric is extremely lightweight and soft to the touch, and features thermal protection.
Cotton Spandex Jersey (Style 8000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Superior color fastness
  Machine wash
  Dry low/remove promptly
  Fabric weight 5.6 oz/yd² (190 g/m²)
  Superior screen printing results
Made of a 95% combed cotton / 5% Spandex blend, this soft fabric features elasticity for a great fit on most body types. Tumble dry on low and remove promptly to preserve stretch.
Flex Fleece (Style F000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Import
  Superior color fastness
  Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 6.95 oz/yd² (236 g/m²)
  Good screen printing results
Made of a 50% cotton / 50% polyester blend, this fabric offers warmth with a medium thickness.
Flex Terry (Style L000 Series)
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  Superior color fastness
  Minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Superior recovery
  Not intended for screen printing
Made of 75% Cotton, 20% Nylon, 5% Spandex, Flex Terry features the comfort of loop terrycloth, with the added advantage of superior recovery from stretching or washing.
Heather Fine Jersey (Style 2000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Superior color fastness
  Minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 4.3 oz/yd² (146 g/m²)
  Superior screen printing results
Made of 90% fine ring-spun combed cotton, 10% polyester, this lightweight fine jersey is exceptionally smooth and tight-knit, making it just as opaque as much heavier fabric.
Highlighter Jersey  (Style HL000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Superior color fastness
  Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 3.7 oz/yd² (125 g/m²)
  For optimal screenprinting results, cure at 350ºF (180ºC) for 12 seconds. Test setup on multiple pieces.
  Fair screen printing results
Made of a 55% ring-spun combed cotton / 45% fine polyester blend, this unique fabric features exceptional brightness and color.
Heavy Terry (Style HVT Series)
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  Fabric weight 13.0 oz/yd² (441 g/m²)
  Zinc contains 65% Cotton / 28% Polyester / 7% Rayon
  Fabric weight 11.28 oz/yd² (382 g/m²)
  Good screen printing results
 
Loop Terry (Style 9000 Series)
Actual Size                    
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  Import
  Superior color fastness
  Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 6.7 oz/yd² (227 g/m²)
  Not intended for screen printing
Made of an 80% ring-spun combed cotton / 20% polyester blend, this lightweight fabric is absorbent and warm, as well as soft to the touch.
Mesh(Style H000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Superior color fastness
  No shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Hang dry
  Fabric weight 3.3 oz/yd² (112 g/m²)
  Fair screen printing results
Made of 100% polyester, this lightweight fabric features a slight sheen, and is extra-breathable and easy to care for.
Mélange Jersey(Style M000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Import
  Superior color fastness
  Minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 3.8 oz/yd² (129 g/m²)
  For optimal screenprinting results use inks formulated for use on polyester fabric and cure at 300ºF (150ºC) for 60 seconds. Do not exceed 325ºF (160ºC). Test setup on multiple pieces.
  Fair screen printing results
Made of 70% ring-spun combed cotton / 30% polyester, this fabric features a textured color pattern and is extra-soft.
Micro-Poly (Style W000 Series)
Actual Size                    
Zoom
  Import
  Superior color fastness
  No shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Hang dry
  Fabric weight 2.5 oz/yd² (85 g/m²)
  For optimal screenprinting results, cure at 330ºF (165ºC) for 24 seconds. Test setup on multiple pieces.
  Fair screen printing results
Made of 100% micro-polyester, this lightweight fabric wicks away moisture, which helps to prevent odor.
Nylon Cordura (Style NC Series)
Actual Size                   
Zoom
  Not intended for screen printing
 
Nylon Pack Cloth (Style B000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Superior color fastness
  No shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Hang dry
  Fabric weight 6.45 oz/yd² (219 g/m²)
  Good screen printing results
Made of 100% medium–weight nylon with a polyurethane coating, this fabric is exceptionally strong, washable, and stain resistant.
Nylon Taffeta (Style N000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Superior color fastness
  No shrinkage
  Machine wash cold
  Hang dry
  Fabric weight 2.5 oz/yd² (85 g/m²)
  Superior screen printing results
Made of 100% nylon, this soft and lightweight fabric is specially treated to be water and wind repellent through repeated washings.
Nylon Tricot (Style RNT Series)
Actual Size
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  UV protection
  Superior color fastness
  Machine Wash
  Hang Dry
  Fabric weight 5.8 oz/yd² (197 g/m²)
  Good screen printing results
Made of 80% nylon / 20% Spandex, this shiny fabric repels water yet feels soft to the touch.
Poplin (Style CP000 + G000 Series)
Actual Size
Zoom
  Import
  Superior color fastness
  Minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 3.5 oz/yd² (119 g/m²)
  Good screen printing results
Made of a 65% polyester / 35% ring-spun combed cotton blend, this fabric is lightweight, breathable, and durable.
Piqué (Style Q000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Superior color fastness
  Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 6.4 oz/yd² (217 g/m²)
  Fair screen printing results
Made of a 55% ring-spun combed cotton / 45% fine polyester blend, this lightweight fabric features a soft textured appearance.
Viscose (Style VC000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Hand wash cold
  Lay flat to dry
  Do not hang
  Good screen printing results
 
Thick Knit Jersey (Style 1000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Import
  Superior color fastness
  Minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 7.4 oz/yd² (251 g/m²)
  Fair screen printing results
Made of a 50% combed cotton / 50% polyester blend, this heavier knit is constructed for extra durability and warmth; washes and wears well.
50/50 Poly-Cotton(Style BB000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Import
  Superior color fastness
  Minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 3.7 oz/yd² (125 g/m²)
  Superior screen printing results
Made of 50% combed cotton / 50% polyester, this ultra-soft blend is finer than our traditional combed-cotton yarn. With superior draping and a perfected worn-in texture.
Tyvek® 
Actual Size
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  Import
  Superior color fastness
  No shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Hang dry
  Not intended for screen printing
Made from a proprietary Dupont® design, this fabric is commonly found in Fedex® envelopes, but works equally well in clothing to protect the wearer from wind and moisture.
Tri-Blend (Style TR000 Series)
Actual Size
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  Superior color fastness
  Minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Fabric weight 3.77 oz/yd² (122 g/m²)
  Superior screen printing results
Made of a 50% polyester / 25% cotton / 25% rayon blend, this ultra-soft fabric is extremely comfortable against the skin, and features remarkable recovery, even after being stretched out.
Supplex Nylon Spandex Knit 
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  Good screen printing results
 
Velour
Actual Size
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  Import
  Superior color fastness
  Minimal shrinkage
  Machine wash
  Dry low
  Not intended for screen printing
Made of an 80% ring-spun combed cotton / 20% polyester blend, this fabric features warmth and is soft to the touch.
Tri-Blend Terry (Style TRT000 Series)
   Superior Screen Printing Results
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