Shirt Collars - Fused or Unfused?

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  1. Grammaton Cleric

    Grammaton Cleric Senior member

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    Are fused collars always a sign of lower quality / workmanship, or do they merely represent an alternate method of construction?
     


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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    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.
     


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    I can't live with a fused cuff.

    Thank you - is a fused collar/cuff stiffer and more liable to shrink?
     


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    how does one tell from looking or feeling whether a collar or cuff is fused vs. unfused?
     


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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    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.
     


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    JamesX Senior member

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    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.
     


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    strong preference for unfused here; hate stiff collars
     


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    strong preference for unfused here; hate stiff collars

    Fusing doesn't have to be stiff...
     


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    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.
     


  12. Freddy Vandecasteele

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    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
     


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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.
     


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    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.
     


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    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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