Thread Count – What is it and is it important?

We had someone put this question to us a while ago and it seems there are a lot of people who believe that Thread Count is of no importance – which isn’t true, but here is the question that was posed and our reply….

I was looking at: Grand Fleur, Trafalgar Square, Sonata, Rocco, Cipriano, Pastille,and Lily. Being that I have a background in the textile industry, it is known that thread count is of no importance without knowing the ply count. Are these all single ply?

 

Good question! But it’s not so easy to answer. 

There appears be be a meme that is getting accepted around the web that anyone who tries to tell you 600 thread count is better than 300 thread count or that anyone who claims a thread count like 1000 or more are: A) Crooks; B) Liars or C) Con merchants. We have seen quite vitriolic answers to this question and most are quite wrong or, at best, biased and focused on just the one factor, so we thought we would put our position to you and, in fact, expand on this subject in order to try to set the record right 🙂

Yes, all our 300 thread count sheeting fabrics are single-ply yarn. Our 600 thread count fabrics are twisted, two yarns twisted together into one.
Most Schweitzer products are over 300 thread count with some reaching an unbelievably soft 1000 thread count fabric – the finest available.
The superior 100% Egyptian cotton fabric that Schweitzer uses in its products has a smoother, softer feel, is a stronger fabric with a greater ‘wearability’ and enjoys a longer life.

A term used to establish a quality of fabric, sometimes abbreviated to "tc".
A high thread count often means a softer "feel" and greater "pill"resistance.
The number of threads counted in one square inch of fabric determines the "thread count”.

A term used to establish a quality of fabric, sometimes abbreviated to “tc”.
A high thread count often means a softer “feel” and greater “pill”resistance.
The number of threads counted in one square inch of fabric determines the “thread count”.

Our 300 thread count fabric is single-ply yarn.

Our 300 thread count fabric is single-ply yarn.

For higher quality, higher thread count fabric, we use finer, thinner yarn, but twisted together.

For higher quality, higher thread count fabric, we use finer, thinner yarn, but twisted together.

600 thread count fabric, and higher, uses much finer yarn.


600 thread count fabric, and higher, uses much finer yarn.

After 45 years in the textile business, we have found that varying thread count does change the characteristics of fabric. But other factors that also change the characteristics of fabric are: yarn gage, length of fiber, hand (feel of fiber), weave configuration for balance, finishing, dyeing and printing and it’s the sum of the whole which really make the difference.

So, yes, when we put our 200, 300, 600, 1000 thread count linens together and “feel” them, you can perceive a difference.

But it doesn’t stop there. Other factors which contribute to the quality of our luxury products are our cutting, sewing, embroidering and countless other meticulous operations and detailing which have a history spanning hundreds of years in Europe. 70% of our production is made still in Italy. Only after going through all the detail and meticulous operations can products be tagged with the Schweitzer Linen label, which is sought after by our generational customers.

We are very proud of our collection for its superb quality, sheer breadth and super competitive pricing. We are extremely grateful to our customers who have supported us for 45 years and we will are always at your service!!

Finally, it’s true, if you pay $25.00 for a 2000 thread count set of sheets in a street fair in Manhattan, you will feel the difference, but not in a good way.