Neoprene Knit Fabric is a man made spongy synthetic rubber material sandwiched between 2 pieces of fabric. The fabric used is typically either polyamide or polyester. There is often spandex, lycra or elasthane mixed in to increase flexibility and stretch as well (usually 4 way stretch).
Neoprene Knit Fabric is commonly used in Watersports and Sportswear, but for the last years it became very popular in Fashionwear (especially with some fancy prints on) and Footwear. Neoprene knit fabric does not tend to wrinkle so there is usually no need to iron. If required you can iron briefly with a pressing cloth.
Neoprene Knitted Fabric
400 kg per colour plain
500 kg per design Rotational Print
400 kg per design Digital Print
11,00 USD/kg plain (%100 Polyester)
13,50 USD/kg Rotational printed (%100 Polyester)
13,00 USD/kg Digital printed (%100 Polyester)
Neoprrene Knit Fabric is a solid, flexible fabric which is easy to work with. Neoprene is relatively thick; 2mm after printing, and is completely black out. The highly spongy nature is easy to manipulate into bold, structural shapes. Neoprene would make a powerful statement when it comes to making an evening dress, but one, which will definitely turn heads.
If this is used as part of a wetsuit, it makes it easier to move in, which makes it easier to swim.
Neoprene Knit fabrics can be anywhere from about 1mm-7mm. The polyamide or polyester usually accounts for about 0.2mm so the rest is all about the amount of rubber you have.
Washing instructions for neoprene knit fabrics varies. Generally though most people recommend hand washing. Neoprene Knit Fabric rubber can withstand very high temperatures and is known for being durable and resistant to abrasion, but the agitation of machine washing may effect the water resistant properties especially on seams where fabrics are pulled and stretched. Pre-gluing seams before sewing can help to reduce this. The neoprene knit fabric rubber is glued to polyester (or polyamide) on both sides, and some people feel that the friction with machine washing may reduce the life of the glue, especially where it is exposed on the edges.
Neoprene knit fabric does not tend to wrinkle so there is usually no need to iron. If required you can iron briefly with a pressing cloth. Keep in mind that it is an insulating material so it will suddenly get extremely hot. Therefore do it with extreme caution and do not stay in the same place for long.
Scuba v Neoprene
Scuba is the popular term for for double knit four way stretch polyester fabric. Scuba and neoprene fabric are often confused, this is understandable as its uses and names are a little mixed!
Neoprene consists of a thick foamy layer sandwiched between two layers of stretch polyester knit fabric, sometimes a four way stretch, and is very popular for water sports including scuba diving. Scuba fabric doesn’t have the foam layer, though its double knit properties has a slightly spongy feel.
Scuba fabric has been and can be used for water sports as the double knit can create a warm layer but neoprene has really taken over that task. Scuba fabric and the thick PU foam can be combined together to make neoprene, this too can add to the slight confusion of separating the fabrics.