How men’s ties are made:
The process of making a tie:
There are three different ways to make a necktie: By hand, by using a machine, or by a combination of both methods. The cheapest and easiest method to sew a necktie is to cut the fabric, roll it up, and then sew it up at the seam into a tube. Ties that are made this way are of much lower quality. They loose their shape easily and are harder to tie into a nice looking tie knot. How can you tell if a tie is made this way? Well, you should have difficulty making a nice looking knot in first place, but even if you mange to do this, you will be able to tell once you take the tie back off. After you un-tie the tie, let it hang down from the narrow end. If the tie twists over 90 degrees, then it is almost certain that your tie is made with this method. At cheap-neckties none of our ties are made this way. Offering high quality products is important to us, because after all, there is no better advertising than having satisfied customers. We want you to enjoy our ties for a long time.
High quality ties are handmade. First the fabric is cut by hand using a transparent template. The reason the template has to be transparent is to ensure the patterns of the tie lie symmetrical. This is important especially for striped neckties. High quality striped ties have diagonal stripes that are exactly parallel to the tip of the tie.
Next the inlay of the tie is cut. Quality inlays are made from wool, cotton, or silk. Cheaper inlays, made from polyester, might crinkle inside of the tie after tying it. As a result the tie will fall out of shape and just doesn’t look right anymore. All our ties are made with quality inlay materials of wool, cotton, and silk.
Silk: Silk is one of the oldest fabrics known to man, and was first produced in China around 2640 BC. Around 400 BC the Persians discovered this luxury fabric, and over the next 200 years, silk was used by civilizations in Persia, Minor Asia, and Egypt. By the first century the Romans also found liking in silk, and by the 8th century silk was produced not only in China, but also in parts of Spain and Italy. By the 17th century Florence became one of the most renowned silk manufacturers.
Silk has been used in ties since the beginning in the 17th century in France. Initially linen was the predominant material, but by 1880 silk became the number one fabric for making ties. Not much has changed since then. Silk is still today the highest quality fabric for ties.
Wool: Some ties are made from wool. Typically neckties made from wool are so called “knitted ties”. They are typically narrower and have a flat tip. Knitted ties are most popular among younger men, and are rarely worn for business attire.
Polyester: Polyester is a man-made material that is typically found in cheaper and lower quality ties. Besides the low price of polyester ties, they are also quite resistant to stains. For that reason many service companies, such as catering businesses, restaurants, and hotels, purchase polyester neckties for their staff.
Microfiber: Microfiber is a mix of polyester and polyamide. The result is a compound that is extremely elastic. This allows fabric manufacturers to spin the material into microscopic thin yarns. The thin yarn is then woven into fabric that has an extremely soft feel with excellent shine. Good microfiber ties are almost indistinguishable from a silk tie. The great quality and feel, in combination with a lower price than silk, has made microfiber one of the more popular necktie materials besides silk. In addition, microfiber ties are just like polyester ties, very stain resistant. All this make it a great tie for waiters, hotel staff, or for a company uniform. At cheap-neckties we offer microfiber ties for only $5.
How neckties are made: The history of making men’s ties, what materials and fabrics are used when sewing a tie, and what are the pros and cons of different fabrics for neckties.