6.5oz Crew neck T-shirt from Iron Heart.
Knitted on vintage loopwheel machines in Japan, these T-Shirts are super soft the touch and as hard wearing as you can get.
In the 1920’s through to the 1960’s, loopwheel fabric was relatively common, but the complexity and almost glacial slowness of production caused the industry to almost disappear and for most of the machines to be scrapped.
The loopwheeler machines are actually circular knitting machines that knit “tubes” of fabric, the only tension used in the knitting process is gravity, the end result being a knitted fabric with virtually no inbuilt stress or tension. Each machine is only able to knit enough fabric for about 8 -10 shirts per day and can only knit a tube of a fixed diameter, so each size finished Tee is actually woven on a different sized machine.
Tee’s made out of loopwheel fabric are necessarily expensive, but look better and last longer than anything else.
N.B: Dimensions are displayed in inches.