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What is "Tow" - Definition & Explanation

A large group of continuous filaments, such as nylon, polyester without any definite twist. An untwisted rope. The rope may be later be cut into staple fibers.
Shorter linen fibers separated out from longer line fibers when they are hackled (combed). Can be used for an underlayer of stuffing.
A large bundle of continuous manufactured filament fibers, such as polyester, as they are extruded from the spinerette, and before they have been cut into staple fibers.
A large bundle of manufactured filament fiber as they are extruded from the spinerette, and before they have been cut into staple fibers.
Yarn or cloth made of tow, namely a short or broken fiber (as of flax, hemp, or synthetic material) that is used especially for yarn, twine, or stuffing.
Continuous synthetic fibre filaments (without twist) collected in a loose rope-like form and held together by crimp. Tow is the form before fibre is cut into staple.

Some other terms

Some more terms:

Combining of two or more types of staple fibers in one yarn to achieve color mixtures such as heather, unusual dyeing variations, or better performance characteristics. Blends of natural and man-made...
Pantyhose (known as Tights in the UK) are tight fitting coverings of the body from the waist to the feet, normally worn by women. Like stockings they are usually made of nylon. The term 'pantyhose'...
A design effect created on a woven fabric by the use of extra yarns which are woven into the fabric at a certain spot then allowed to float over the fabric to the next spot. The float threads are...
A manufactured fiber composed of regenerated cellulose. Lyocell has a similar hand and drape as rayon, but is stronger, more durable, and in many cases machine washable. It has a subtle luster and is...
An old form of lithographic printing, for embroidery transfers. The design was transferred from the tissue paper on which it was printed, usually by ironing. Thick enamel-like pigments were employed...

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