Ring spun cotton is smoother and longer yarn compared to open end yarn. In addition, ring spun yarn goes through a spinning process that softens and straightens each fiber. The end result of ring spun is a more refined fiber. Ring spun combed yarn, is where the cotton fibers are spun and then combed to remove impurities and enhance the luxurious hand feel.
When someone says ’20 singles’ or ’30 singles’ ring spun it refers to the gauge (thickness) of the yarn in the t-shirts. The higher the number, the better-quality and softer feel of the shirt. 18 singles = cheap, 20 singles = a step up in quality & hand feel especially if it is 20 singles ring spun (style 2100 from Spectra USA), 30 singles (see Spectra USA list below) = the bomb!
The best way to remember, think of bedsheets: the higher the thread count = the better quality.
Most cheap shirts are made from 18 singles OE = open end yarn. Low yarn count = coarse thick yarn = cheap t-shirt. Therefore any higher yarn count and add ring spun, you will have a superior quality t-shirt with a refined hand. Spectra USA only offers 20 singles as its most economical option and 95% of the line offered is ring spun and combed cotton. Our 20 singles ring spun heavy weight t-shirt is the premium option for the old school t-shirt.
One of the biggest advantages of 30 singles ring spun combed t-shirts, besides the fact that they are very comfortable, is it is the optimal base fabric for digital printing (DTG), screen printing, heat transfers and even sublimation on the blends (52/48 cotton/poly).
Spectra USA offers many styles that are manufactured with 30 singles premium ring spun yarn: men’s, ladies, juniors and kids.