Polyester Knit Fabric Guide : Everything You Need To Know

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Polyester fabric which are a clothing material

We believe that there are many people still do not know what polyester fabric is. So, we will show you what is polyester fabric and how it is so different from the basic fabric like cotton. We are sure that after reading this post, you will adore this fabric!

What is Polyester fabric?

Polyester knit fabric is a synthetic, man-made fabric made of the most widely used fiber in the world. It is made from synthetic fiber derived from polymers (Polyethylene Terephthalate) by taking it through several chemical and manufacturing processes to produce yarn, which is ultimately knitted into garments. Polyester textiles can be used to replicate or substitute natural fibers, as well as blended with other fibers such as polyester-cotton blends, polyester-rayon blends, and so on.

Polyester knit fabric is a synthetic, man-made fabric made of the most widely used fiber in the world. It is made from synthetic fiber derived from polymers (Polyethylene Terephthalate)

Recycled Polyester fabric

Additionally, polyester knit fabric may be recycled into new fabrics using the same PET plastic fibers that are used in plastic water bottles. By the way, plastic bottles that go through the recycling process are what we see as waste. Separate the colors from any pollutants that may have come into contact with the vials, then crush the vials into flakes or granules. The acquired flakes or pellets (rPET) will be put through the fabric-making process repeatedly until a recycled fabric is produced.

Polyester knit fabrics by Circular knitting machine

A polyester knit fabric made by knitting a loop of yarn using needles on a circular knitting machine. The knitting method entails knitting yarns in two opposing directions, vertical yarns (wales) and horizontal yarns (courses) knitted in a 360-degree continuous loop. The polyester knit fabric from this machine comes in a seamless tube as socks.

Circular knitting machine

The application of polyester knit fabric

Polyester knit fabric has many styles but all fabrics have the same superior properties, including softness, durability, resistance to wrinkles, and breathability. Furthermore, these make the polyester knit fabric perfect for making a variety of clothing; T-shirts, sets, dresses, polo shirts, sportswear, yoga shirts, underwear, etc. Let’s take a look at the examples below.


Interlock fabric looks like a single jersey, but it’s thicker and heavier. Widely used for t-shirt, baby clothing, shorts, sweatpants and fashion wears like hoodies and dresses.

Interlock Polyester knit fabric
Single Jersey Polyester knit fabric

Single Jersey

Single Jersey fabric is lightweight, breathable, and smooth on both side. It is suitable for making T-shirts, fashionwear, tank tops, dresses, lining, underwear, and baby clothing.


Pique fabric is a knit fabric with waffle or honeycomb structures on one side while another side is smoother,
the fact of this fabric is that the smaller the yarn size, the smoother the fabric surface.
it is a good choice for casual polo shirts.

Pique Polyester knit fabric
Rib Polyester knit fabric


Rib fabric is a knit fabric which has vertical textured lines. It has more durability and flexibility than normal knit. Rib fabric is favor for making necklines, cuffs, and bottom edges of clothing. It is also popular for making fashion wear such as tank tops, t-shirts, and dresses.


Mesh fabric is a knit fabric with many neat holes on one side and a smooth surface on the other. Because the fabric’s holes come in various shapes, we must refer to it by a different term depending on the shape of its hole. Perfect for making athletic outfits, sportswear and sublimation printing.

FRENCH TERRY fabric is one of polyester knit fabric

French Terry

French terry fabric is a knitted fabric having a smooth surface on one side and uncut loops with soft yarn piles on the other. The face-side is usually smoother and softer, while the backside that contacts the skin is tougher. French terry is often suit in fashion garments such as t-shirts, shorts, dresses, and sweatpants, jackets, hoodies, and pullovers.


Spandex fabric is a knit fabric from eglantine fiber which has a high elasticity. It can stretch to 5-7 times from its normal size. It is perfect for sportswear like yoga outfits, tracksuits, cycling suits, swimwear etc. Furthermore, spandex is so popular for making women’s fashion such as leggings, bodycon dresses.

spandex, lycra fabric is one of polyester knit fabric


Jacquard fabric refers to fabrics made using “jacquard” knitting technology. This advance technology uses a computer system to design a variety of complex patterns that are then knit directly on fabrics. T-shirts and sportswear are the most common uses for jacquard. Inlay fabric (one type of jacquard fabric) can make blankets, mattresses, latex pillow covers, and fashion wear.

Certifications of Polyester fabric

Our polyester fabric has been certified by third parties as meeting international standards like Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is a certificate for recycled fabric that certifies recycled content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices, and chemical restrictions. While OEKO-TEX Standard 100 is certified, products have been tested for harmful substances in order to protect human health.

We sincerely hope that our information will improve your understanding of the types of polyester knit fabrics that are suitable for your clothing business. However, this is the only example of polyester fabric’s applications. If you want to take it a step further or are just getting started with building your brand, please contact us using the information provided below.
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