The processes for creating regular cotton and ringspun cotton are totally different. Regular cotton is made from soft vegetable fibers that are twisted together to make yarn, which is then woven to make material. Regular cotton is less expensive to make.The same can be said for when making ringspun polyester, also called Spun Poly.
Ringspun cotton or ringspun polyester (spun poly), on the other hand, is completely different. Ringspun yarn is made by twisting and thinning the cotton strands to make a very fine, strong, soft rope of cotton, polyester or a combination of the fibers. Ringspun fabrics are more durable and last longer than their regular counterparts, but will also be more expensive, too. When yarn is ring spun it feels heavier to the touch than regular yarns, and has a much softer feel. When ringspun cotton is applied to polyester (spun poly) the result is an increase in the wick-ability of the fabric. Thus the fabric allows better absorption to pass through versus normal polyester. Furthermore, Spun Poly will get softer with each washing and has been tested to last over 300 washings!
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