Complete Textile Glossery (Q to R)
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QUADRIPOLYMER: A polymer made from four distinct monomers.
QUALITY: See SECONDS and YARN QUALITY.
QUARTZ FIBER: Pure silica that has been melted and drawn into glass-like fibers. Used for
heat resistance and high dielectric strength.
QUENCH: 1. A box filled with water into which fabric is run after
singeing to prevent sparks or fires. 2. See CABINET. (Also see
QUENCHING: The cooling of fiber filaments after extrusion by carefully
controlled airflow. (See CROSSFLOW QUENCH, INFLOW QUENCH,
QUENCH SPACER: The “quiet” zone below the spinneret in which there
is no quench airflow. Quench spacer distance is important in controlling
fiber orientation and birefringence.
QUETSCH: The nip rollers of a padding machine.
QUILL: A light, tapered tube of wood, metal, paper, or plastic on which the filling yarn is wound
for use in the shuttle during weaving.
QUILLING: The process of winding filling yarns onto filling bobbins, or quills, in preparation
for use in the shuttle for weaving.
QUILTING: 1. A fabric construction consisting of a layer of padding, frequently down or
fiberfill, sandwiched between two layers of material and held in place by stitching or sealing in a
regular pattern across the body of the composite. (Also see PINSONIC® THERMAL JOINING
MACHINE.) 2. The process of stitch bonding a batting or composite.
RACK: A warp-knitting measure consisting of 480 courses. Tricot fabric quality is judged by
the number of inches per rack.
RACKED STITCH: A knitting stitch that produces a herringbone effect with a ribbed back. It
is employed in sweaters for decorative purposes or to form the edge of garments. The racked
stitch is a variation of the half-cardigan stitch; it is created when one set of needles is displaced in
relation to the other set.
RACKING: A term referring to the side-to-side movement of the needles of the needle bed of a
knitting machine. Racking results in inclined stitches and reduced elasticity.
RADIANT PANEL TEST: See FLAMMABILITY TESTS.
RADIO-FREQUENCY DRYING: Use of radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation for drying
textiles. The application of RF to wet goods results in the selective heating of the water, which
has a partial polarity, because the molecule must do work to align in the RF field causing heat
generation within the water droplets. Non-polar materials, i.e., fabrics, are unaffected. RF drying
in very uniform and energy efficient when airflow patterns through the dryer are properly
RAILS: The metal bars on which the spindles of a downtwister are mounted.
RAMIE: A bast fiber similar to flax obtained from the stalk of a plant grown in China, the U.S.,
RANDOM-SHEARED CARPET: A pile carpet with a textured face produced by shearing some
of the loops and leaving others intact.
RAPIER LOOMS: Looms in which either a double or single rapier (thin metallic shaft with a
yarn gripping device) carries the filament through the shed. In a single rapier machine, the yarn
is carried completely across the fabric by the rapier. In the double machine, the yarn is passed
from one rapier to the other in the middle of the shed. (Also see WEFT INSERTION.)
RASCHEL KNITTING: See KNITTING, 1.
RATINÉ: 1. A plain-weave, loosely constructed fabric having a rough, spongy texture which is
imparted by the use of nubby plied yarns. It is made from worsted, cotton, or other yarns. 2. A
variant of spiral yarns in which the outer yarn is fed more freely to form loops that kink back on
themselves and are held in place by a third binder yarn that is added in a second twisting
RAVEL: A type of comb or rail with projecting teeth for separating and guiding warp ends.
RAVELING: The process of undoing or separating the weave or knit of a fabric.
RAW FIBER: A textile fiber in its natural state, such as silk “in the gum” and cotton as it comes
RAYON FIBER: A manufactured fiber composed of regenerated cellulose, as well as
manufactured fibers composed of regenerated cellulose in which substituents have replaced not
more than 15% of the hydrogens of the
hydroxyl groups (FTC definition). Rayon
fibers include yarns and fibers made by the
viscose process, the cuprammonium process,
and the now obsolete nitrocellulose and
saponified acetate processes. Generally, in
the manufacture of rayon, cellulose derived
from wood pulp, cotton linters, or other
vegetable matter is dissolved into a viscose
spinning solution. The solution is extruded
into an acid-salt coagulating bath and drawn
into continuous filaments. Groups of these
filaments may be made in the form of yarns
CHARACTERISTICS: Rayon yarns are
made in a wide range of types in regard to
size, physical characteristics, strength,
elongation, luster, handle, suppleness, etc.
They may be white or solution dyed.
Strength is regulated by the process itself and
the structure of the yarn. (Also see
Luster is reduced by including delustering materials, such as titanium dioxide pigments, in the
fiber when it is extruded. The suppleness of the yarn is controlled by the number of filaments in
the yarn, the denier or gauge of the individual filaments or fibers, and the fiber cross-section.
END USES: Rayon is used in draperies, bedspreads, upholstery, blanket, dish towels, curtains,
throw rugs, tire cord, industrial products, sport shirts, slacks, suitings, dress goods, and linings
and in blends with other fibers to enhance functional and aesthetic qualities, e.g., with polyester
in permanent-press fabrics.
REACTION SPINNING: See SPINNING, 2.
REAMING: Further plying of a two-ply yarn with a singles yarn. Reaming is not the same as
plying three singles yarns in one operation.
RECONSTITUTED FIBERS: Fibers made from recovered waste polymer or blends of virgin
polymer and recovered waste polymer.
RECOVERY: See ELASTIC RECOVERY.
RECREATIONAL SURFACES: Manufactured surfaces providing consistent properties,
durability, and special characteristics as needed for the specific application. Included are
artificial turf, pool decks, indoor-outdoor carpeting, tennis court surfaces, etc. Most types of
constructions (knit, woven, tufted, and nonwoven), and most polymer types find use in this
market. The polyolefins are particularly prominent in these applications.
REDUCTION CLEARING: The removal of unabsorbed disperse dye from the surface of
polyester at the end of the dyeing or printing process by treatment in a sodium hydroxide/sodium
hydrosulfite bath. A surface-active agent may be employed in the process.
REED: A comb-like device on a loom that separates the warp yarns and also beats each
succeeding filling thread against that already woven. The reed usually consists of a top and
bottom rib of wood into which metal strips or wires are set. The space between two adjacent
wires is called a dent (or split) and the warp is drawn through the dents. The fineness of the reed
is calculated by the number of dents per inch.
REED MARKS: A fabric defect consisting of warpwise light and heavy streaks in a woven
fabric, caused by bent, unevenly packed, or weak reed wires.
REEL: 1. A revolving frame on which yarn is wound to form hanks or skeins. 2. The frame on
which silk is wound from the cocoon. 3. A linen yarn measure of 72,000 yards. 4. The large
wheel in a horizontal warper onto which the warp sections are wound in the indirect system of
warping. 5. A spool of large capacity used to wind yarn or wire.
REELING: In silk fiber production, the process of unwinding the cocoon.
REFRACTIVE INDEX: See INDEX OF REFRACTION.
REFRACTORY FIBER: Oxide or non-oxide, amorphous or crystalline, manufactured fiber
generally used for applications at temperatures greater the 1063°C in both oxidizing and nonoxidizing
atmospheres, i.e., Al2O3, ZrO2, Al2O3.SiO2.
REGAIN STANDARD: See STANDARD MOISTURE REGAIN.
REGENERATED CELLULOSE: A material which begins as cellulose but at some stage in the
chemical processing takes the form of another chemical compound, then appears again in its
completed state as cellulose. Viscose and cuprammonium rayons are regenerated cellulose.
REINFORCEMENT FABRICS: See GEOTEXTILES.
RELATED SHADES: Colors of similar tone in the same or different depths.
RELATIVE HUMIDITY: The ratio of the actual vapor pressure of moisture in air to the
saturation vapor pressure at ambient temperature.
RELATIVE VISCOSITY: Ratio of the viscosity of the polymer in solution to that of the solvent
expressed as time of efflux of the solution divided by the time of efflux of the solvent at constant
RELAXED YARN: A yarn treated to reduce tension and produce more uniform shrinkage or
torque. Relaxation produces more uniform dyeing characteristics in regular filament yarns of
RELSET® PROCESS: A process of Richen, Inc., for continuous heat-setting of carpet or other
heavy yarns. Individual ends are continuously fed into a heat-setting chamber and withdrawn
into take-up cans or fed to winders.
REPACK ORDER: 1. An order requiring special packaging, as for export. 2. A small order for
a number of items requiring a breakdown of large cases.
REPEAT: The distance covered by a single unit of a pattern that is duplicated over and over,
measured along the length of a fabric.
REPELLENCY: The ability to resist wetting and staining by oils, water, soils, and other
RESERVE DYEING: See DYEING.
RESIDUAL SHRINKAGE: A term describing the amount of shrinkage remaining in a fabric
after finishing, expressed as a percentage of the dimensions before finishing.
RESILIENCY: Ability of a fiber or fabric to spring back when crushed or wrinkled.
RESIN: 1. A general term for solid or semi-solid natural organic substances, usually of vegetable
origin and amorphous and yellowish to brown, transparent or translucent, and soluble in alcohol
or ether but not in water. 2. Any of a large number of manufactured products made by
polymerization or other chemical processes and having the properties of natural resins.
RESIN-TREATED: Usually, a term descriptive of a textile material that has received an external
resin application for stiffening or an internal fiber treatment (especially of cellulosics) to give
wrinkle resistance or permanent press characteristics.
RESIST DYEING: See DYEING, Reserve Dyeing.
RESIST PRINTING: See PRINTING.
RESTRAINT SYSTEMS: An end use for textile fibers; restraint systems are devices such as air
bags, seat belts, and shoulder harnesses for passenger protection in automobile, trucks, airplanes,
RETARDER: A chemical that, when added to the dyebath, decreases the rate of dyeing but does
not affect the final exhaustion.
REVERSIBLE BONDED FABRIC: A bonded structure in which two face fabrics are bonded
together so that the two sides may be used interchangeable. There are limitations to the fabrics
that may be used because of increased fabric stiffness resulting from bonding.
REVOLVING SPINNING RING: A driven ring that rotates in the direction of the traveler on a
ring spinning frame. Since both the ring and the yarn package turn when this ring system is used,
productivity is increased.
RHEOLOGICAL PROPERTIES: The properties of viscous substances including polymers
that deal with deformation and flow. Includes viscosity and flow rate measurements.
RIBBING: A corded effect in a woven fabric that can be either lengthwise, crosswise, or
RIBBON: Narrow fabric made in several widths and a variety of weaves and used as a trimming.
RIB KNIT: A double-knit fabric in which the wales or vertical rows of
stitches intermesh alternately on the face and the back. In other words, odd
wales intermesh on one side of the cloth and even wales on the other. Ribknit
fabrics of this type have good elasticity, especially in the width.
RICKRACK: Flat braid in zigzag formation. It is produced by applying
different tensions to individual threads during manufacture.
RIDGY BEAM: A beam of yarn on which the ends are not evenly
distributed across the barrel, causing a profile of peaks (ridges) and
valleys. A ridgy beam can give poor removal characteristics.
RIDGY CLOTH: See BAGGY CLOTH.
RING: 1. A narrow band around hosiery appearing different from the rest of the hose. Principal
causes: variations in yarn size, dye, absorption, or luster. 2. The device that carries the traveler up
and down the package in ring spinning. (Also see RING SPINNING and REVOLVING RING
RINGER: 1. On a section beam, ringer is a term used for one or more filaments that have left the
parent end; as the beam revolves, the filaments continue to unwind, wrapping around the beam
(hence the word “ringer”). The severity of a ringer is dependent upon the number of filaments
contained therein at the time the filaments break. 2. In slashing, the term ringer is often used
when an end breaks on the slasher can, adheres to the can, and continues to wrap around it. This
condition should not be confused with ringers on the section beam.
RING-SPINNING: A system of spinning using a ring-and-traveler takeup
wherein the drafting of the roving and twisting and winding of the
yarn onto the bobbin proceed simultaneously and continuously. Ring
frames are suitable for spinning all counts up to 150’s, and they usually
give a stronger yarn and are more productive than mule spinning frames.
The latest innovation in ring spinning involves the use of a revolving ring
(Also see REVOLVING SPINNING RING) to increase productivity.
Ring spinning equipment is also widely used to take-up manufactured
filament yarns and insert producer-twist at extrusion.
RING SPINNING FRAME: See SPINNING FRAME.
RIPENING: Hydrolysis of cellulose acetate after acetylation to obtain the desired acetyl value.
This is generally accomplished by heat and agitation of the acid cellulose acetate solution under
controlled conditions of time, temperature, and acidity. Rapid ripening is accomplished by using
increased temperature for the reaction.
RIP OUT: See PICK-OUT MARK.
RIPPED SELVAGE: See CUT SELVAGE.
RISER: In textile fabric designing, a colored or darkened square on the design paper which
indicates that the warp end is over the filling pick at that point. The opposite of riser is sinker.
ROLLED ENDS: 1. On a section beam, rolled ends are adjacent ends that do not unwind parallel
to each other. Rolled ends can be caused by such factors as uneven tension, ridgy beams, and
static. 2. The ends can also roll behind the hook reed in slashing and can tangle with each other,
resulting in broken ends and ends doubling.
ROLLED SELVAGE: A curled selvage.
ROLLER CARD: Generally, any type of card in which rollers do the carding. Usually this
refers to a woolen card with a main cylinder and four to seven stripper rolls and worker rolls
ROLLER PRINTING: See PRINTING.
ROLL GOODS: Fabric rolled up on a core after it has been produced. It is described in terms of
weight and width of the roll and length of the material on the roll.
ROLL LAPPING: A condition in which groups of fibers attach themselves to the drafting rolls
instead of following the normal path through the drafting system. These fibers cause the trailing
fibers to wind around the rolls and to bread the end down completely. Cleaning of the rolls is
required to remove the accumulated fiber.
ROPE: 1. A heavy, strong cord, made from either natural or
manufactured fibers or from wire, in a wide range of
diameters. Yarns are twisted together to form strands. These
strands are then twisted together in the opposite direction to
form the rope. The fact that the twist directions alternate at
different stages of rope assembly assures that the rope will be
twist-stable and will not kink during use. Also called cord.
2. Fabric in process without weft tension, thus having the
appearance of a thick rope.
ROPE MARK: A fabric defect consisting of long, irregular, long
itudinal markings on dyed or
finished goods. A principal cause is abrasion while wet processing the fabric in rope form. Rope
marks are often related to overloading of the fabric during wet processing.
ROTARY SCREEN PRINTING: See PRINTING.
ROTOFLEX: A fatigue or endurance test developed by Goodyear for industrial yarns or cords.
ROTOR SPINNING: See OPEN-END SPINNING.
ROT RESISTANCE: The ability of textile materials to resist physical deterioration resulting
from the action of bacteria and other destructive agents such as sunlight or sea water.
ROUGH: A fabric condition in which the surface resembles sandpaper. Principal causes are the
shuttle rebounding in the box, jerky or loose shuttle tension, an incorrectly timed harness, and
wild twist in the filling.
ROUGH SELVAGE: See LOOPY SELVAGE.
ROVING: 1. In spun yarn production, an intermediate state
between sliver and yarn. Roving is a condensed sliver that
has been drafted, twisted, doubled, and redoubled. The
product of the first roving operation is sometimes called
slubbing. 2. The operation of producing roving (see 1). 3.
In the manufacture of composites, continuous strands of
ROVING FRAME: A general name for all of the machines
used to produce roving, different types of which are called
slubber, intermediate, fine, and jack. Roving frames draft
the stock by means of drafting rolls, twist it by means of a
flyer, and wind it onto a bobbin.
ROWS: In pile floor covering, the average number of tufts or loops per inch in the warpwise
RUBBER FILAMENT: A filament extruded from natural or synthetic rubber and used as the
core of some elastic threads.
RUNNER: A break in the yarn of a knit fabric that causes the stitch to “run” along the needle
line (wale) in a vertical direction. (Also see END OUT.)
RUNNER LENGTH: In knitting, the number of inches of yarn from a warp to make one rack of
RUN-OF-THE-MILL: See MILL RUN.
RUN-PROOF: A knitted construction in which the loops are locked to prevent runs.
RUN-RESISTANT: A type of knitting stitch that reduces runs.
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