Bed sheets are typically made of a variety of fibers. Some of the most commonly used fibers are cotton, linen, silk, flannel and percale. It is believed that the best bed sheets are made from Egyptian cotton. Egyptian cotton is known to be one of the finest grades of cotton in all the world. It is widely known for its softness, durability, and strength. Another factor that plays into making the best bed sheets, are the thread count. The higher thread count is, the more money you pay. But most people will agree that they would rather pay more and have your sheets last a long time, than buy cheap ones and have them come apart by a second wash. The best recommended thread count for bed sheets are 400 to 600 count.
Bed sheets are made in several steps and stages. The first step is called procuring. Cotton Procuring is when the cotton bales are bought and shipped to a manufacturer. Fiber blending is then carried out by a machine that opens a bale up and removes the top layers of cotton. Cotton fibers are then mixed together and impurities removed. Fibers are then sucked through tubes where blending and mixing continues. Once blended, fibers are moved to a carding machine for the third process. Carding is where a machine with thousands of fine teeth straighten and pull fibers to remove impurities. The cotton fibers then go through a process called roving. This is where cotton fibers continue to be blended together, straightened and joined together by a roving frame.
A roving frame winds and twists the cotton, roving it onto bobbins. After the cotton goes through a process of spinning and weaving it finally presents itself in a material form and the process of sheet making begins. All material is first cleaned and bleached prior to dyeing. After all material has been well cleaned and bleached, it is then dyed into whatever color the sheets are to be sold as. Then a resin is applied all over the material to prevent shrinking, then rolled onto a huge roll where it is ready to be cut and sewn. Cutting equipment then unravels the material from the roll as it cuts the sheet to a programed desired length. The material is then taken to a sewing machine that will then sew top and bottom hems. Sheets are then folded by hand or a machine and placed in shrink wrap. The sheets are finally packaged individually and shipped to sale, where they will hopefully be bought and placed on your warm bed and live happily ever after.