The infinity tights that never break have not yet been invented (although we're working on it).
So it's important that you handle your hosiery properly to make them last.
On average a pair of tights go through about 12 pairs of gentle hands before ending up in their packaging. After the knitting process there's sewing, measuring, dying, quality testing, ironing and so on.
So when you are ready to use your tights that have made it all the way through production, it's important to keep in mind the gentle handling. Thinner, sheer tights are of course more sensitive, as the fibers knitted together are no thicker than a strand of hair.
When a pair of tights break, you can often tell what the reason was. If you get stuck or nick it with a nail or a pice of jewelry, yes that will probably do them in but sometimes it can happen in the knitting process.
There are about 400 needles in one machine knitting hundreds of tights in an hour and every now and then needles get dull and they can actually damage the fibers.
All it takes is on fibre to get cut and you'll get a small hole that might even make it through the quality tests and won't be apparent until you put the product on. These holes can appear anywhere on the leg, toe seam or waist and seem to come from out of nowhere.
Other holes happen simply because you might pull too hard when putting them on. Remember to never get in your hosiery like you do a pair of jeans. It will always be a fail.
Here we put together two simple step by step instruction to help prevent unnecessary damage.
For heavier denier, opaque tights.
1. Always start by stretching your pantyhose. This is done to align the fibers after being folded and packed.
2. Since compression and shape wear are tighter, a tip is to start sitting down. One leg at the time, collect the whole leg up to the toe and dress both legs parallel, one bit at a time and make sure the material gets an even spread.
Do not pull from feet all the way up in one go, the chance that you’ll rip a hole is pretty big.
3. Continue to evenly divide the material all the way up and make sure to place functions, like tummy support and “butt lift” in the right places.
4. If you feel like the material needs to be adjusted after your pantyhose is in place, do so by gently lifting up the material, bit by bit in the direction you want it to go.
For thinner denier, sheer tights
1. Start by lightly stretching your tights.
2. Same as with thicker denier tights, as you sit, collect the whole leg up to the toe and dress both legs parallel. Bit by bit make sure the material gets divided equally.
3. Continue in the same manner all the way up the legs.
4. If you feel the need to adjust the material do so by using your hand, from the inside of the pantyhose. Here it’s extra important to make sure you’re not wearing any sharp jewelry that can tear holes.
Another important part, to increase the life span of your tights, is how you wash and care for them.
Follow washing instructions
Wash in laundry bag or by hand
Never use fabric softener, as it softens the fibers.
Hang dry. Never dry your hosiery in the dryer or on a heated surface.
Store your pantyhose in the box or a separate bag or drawer where they can’t get snagged on zippers and sharp items.
Follow these step and you'll get longer use out of them.
As our motto goes, the longer they last, the less you throw.