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Shirt Collars - Fused or Unfused?

post #1 of 47
Thread Starter 
Are fused collars always a sign of lower quality / workmanship, or do they merely represent an alternate method of construction?
post #2 of 47
I would not say always. Though I always get unfused, I can live with a fused collar. Some makers, e.g., Kabbaz, do a very nice fused collar. I can't live with a fused cuff.
post #3 of 47
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post
I can't live with a fused cuff.

Thank you - is a fused collar/cuff stiffer and more liable to shrink?
post #4 of 47
how does one tell from looking or feeling whether a collar or cuff is fused vs. unfused?
post #5 of 47
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Originally Posted by Grammaton Cleric View Post
Thank you - is a fused collar/cuff stiffer and more liable to shrink?

Definitely stiffer. Not more liable to shrink in my experience. In any case, the collar band is what you have to worry about there, and it is never fused.
post #6 of 47
If the collar is very stiff, almost like paper/plastic, the it is fused. If you see bubbling (which is one of their biggest problems) then it is fused.
post #7 of 47
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The first video here shows how to identify a fused collar:

http://community.tmlewin.co.uk/look-...campaign=link3
post #8 of 47
strong preference for unfused here; hate stiff collars
post #9 of 47
All the neapolitan shirtmakers are fused and very stiff. Watch my italian shirts here; http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...36514&page=119
post #10 of 47
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Originally Posted by sellahi22 View Post
strong preference for unfused here; hate stiff collars

Fusing doesn't have to be stiff...
post #11 of 47
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Originally Posted by SpallaCamiccia View Post
All the neapolitan shirtmakers are fused and very stiff.

All the ready-to-wear Neapolitan shirt factories might make stiff, fused collars, but the Neapolitan bespoke shirtmakers are a different story.
post #12 of 47
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post
All the ready-to-wear Neapolitan shirt factories might make stiff, fused collars, but the Neapolitan bespoke shirtmakers are a different story.


I think every Good shirtmaker not only in Naples will give you options.
I have never been to Naples but I try to accomodate
Freddy Vandecasteele
post #13 of 47
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Unfused collar is the right way to go. Fused collar is good for budget items, unfused is better if you have appreciate a finer finish.
This shows ignorance. They are different, and they both have their place. It's true that cheap shirts have fused collars, but certainly not all shirts with fused collars are cheap or low quality.
post #14 of 47
I have both. However the fused ones once they got creased or wrinkled they are almost impossible to fix. Probably I'm wearing cheap ones.
post #15 of 47
I think a lot of people prefer sewn-in interfacing just because it's rarely used in ready-to-wear shirts. If you want a neat-looking collar, that stays neat, that's easy to keep neat after laundering, etc., stick with fusing. If you want an imperfect look, a little puckering at the seams, etc., or an extremely soft collar, then you should avoid it. But thinking sewn-in interfacing is superior because most people don't use it seems silly to me.
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