Fabric Cheat Sheet: Next Level Speed Training

As every promo professional knows, all apparel fabrics are not created equal. Understanding key fabric qualities will allow you to provide insightful recommendations for your clients in regard to their desired outcome and specifications. Next Level Apparel is here to help. Brush up on all fourteen of their custom fabrics engineered using exclusive machinery and premium yarns to steer clients in the right direction on their next apparel order.

Next Level Apparel Fabrics

Fine jersey

• Weight: 32 singles, 145 grams, 4.3 oz. 
• Construction: 100% combed ringspun cotton, 90/10 cotton/polyester for color heather gray only
• What to Know: Comfortable and lightweight, this material is the printer’s preferred fabric for discharge printing.

Lightweight jersey

• Weight: 34 singles, 135 grams, 4.0 oz. 
• Construction: 100% combed ringspun cotton
• What to Know: This lightweight fabric is washed to provide extraordinary softness, stretch and recovery as well as reduced shrinkage and torque.

CVC jersey

• Weight: 32 singles, 145 grams, 4.3 oz. 
• Construction: 60% combed ringspun cotton, 40% polyester
• What to Know: This original CVC fabric stands up to consistent wear without sacrificing that lived-in feel everyone loves.

Sueded jersey

• Weight: 32 singles, 145 grams, 4.3 oz. 
• Construction: 60% combed ringspun cotton, 40% polyester
• What to Know: Featuring a unique sueded finish, this fabric has an exceptionally soft hand that recipients are sure to notice.

Spandex jersey

• Weight: 40 singles, 145 grams, 4.3 oz. 
• Construction: 57% combed ringspun cotton, 38% polyester, 5% spandex
• What to Know: Need a fabric with some real stretch? This soft, comfortable fabric is all that and more, with excellent memory to boot.

Lightweight French terry

• Weight: 30 singles, 165 grams, 4.9 oz. 
• Construction: 50% combed ringspun cotton, 50% polyester
• What to Know: You can’t go wrong recommending this cotton/poly blend, as it’s extremely soft, comfortable and pleasant to wear.

Tri-blend jersey

• Weight: 32 singles, 145 grams, 4.3 oz. 
• Construction: 50% polyester, 25% combed ringspun cotton, 25% rayon 
• What to Know: This fabric is incredibly soft with great drape, stretch and recovery for that relaxed fit that’s so popular in retail.

65/35 poly-cotton heathers

• Weight: 40 singles, 120 grams, 3.5 oz. 
• Construction: 65% polyester, 35% combed ringspun cotton
• What to Know: This super-silky fabric is lightweight yet durable. Go ahead and imprint with full-color sublimation designs for impressive results.

Burnout jersey

• Weight: 30 singles, 125 grams, 3.7 oz. 
 Construction: 65% polyester, 35% combed ringspun cotton
• What to Know: Popular in fashion, this burnout fabric provides a unique look and feel with great stretch, comfort and softness.

Waffle thermal

• Weight: 36 singles, 190 grams, 5.6 oz. 
• Construction: 60% combed ringspun cotton, 40% polyester
• What to Know: This lightweight waffle thermal has a low profile, creating a soft and supple hand.

Lightweight poly cotton jersey

 Weight: 30 singles, 132 grams, 3.9 oz. 
• Construction: 60% combed ringspun cotton, 40% polyester
• What to Know: This fine-gauge blended semi-sheer fabric represents a new benchmark in value. Your clients will be amazed by the ultra-soft hand and performance of this exclusive fabric.

Mock twist jersey

• Weight: 20 singles, 175 grams, 5.1 oz. 
• Construction: 60% combed ringspun cotton, 40% polyester
• What to Know: Point out the soft and silky hand with a snowy textured look that is perfect for athleisure and lifestyle markets.

Inspired dye

• Weight: 24 singles, 185 grams, 5.4 oz. 
• Construction: 100% combed ringspun cotton
• What to Know: The garment dye process allows for softer shades and finishes to capture the lived-in look and feel of your favorite vintage tees.

Sueded jersey

• Weight: 32 singles, 145 grams, 4.3 oz. 
• Construction: 60% combed ringspun cotton, 40% polyester
• What to Know: This fabric has a unique sueded finish, creating an exceptional soft hand that stands out from standard fabrics.

PCH fleece

• Weight: 7.4 oz. heathered fleece
 Construction: 60% cotton, 40% polyester fleece
• What to Know: Inspired by Next Level’s top-selling CVC fabric, this heathered fleece is the perfect complement, providing durability and printability with all the cozy comforts of fleece.

Midweight French terry

• Weight: 5.3 oz. midweight soft French terry fabric
• Construction: 60% cotton, 40% polyester fleece
• What to Know: This fabric features a soft hand and great stretch across the grain, with a smooth face for decorating and a looped back for superior softness against the skin.

Denim fleece

• Weight: 7.4 oz. heather denim-inspired fleece
• Construction: 53% cotton, 47% polyester
• What to Know: Inspired by your favorite pair of jeans, this heather denim-inspired fleece gives this modern style a cool vintage vibe. And the best part? The decorating options are limitless on this printer-friendly fabric.