Polyester-made from coal or petroleum
- Polyester is strong, resistant to wrinkling, doesn't stretch or shrink, and has static buildup.
- It is used for children, shirts, and suits.
Nylon- fiber manufactured totally from chemicals
- Nylon is strong, elastic, quickly dries, doesn't wrinkle, washes easily, is affected by heat, and sticks to the wearer.
- Uses for nylon are hosiery, swimwear, and windbreakers.
- Acrylic resembles wool, soft and warm, bulky, quick drying, strong, winkle resistant, static buildup, and pills easily.
- Uses for acrylic are terrycloth, bathrobes, knitted garments, and outdoor furniture fabrics/ awnings.
- Acetate is very versatile, inexpensive, east to dye, silky, soft, wrinkles easily, and needs special cleaning care.
- Common uses are neckties, lingerie, blouses, and linings.
- Spandex is stretch, resistant to oils and perspiration, easily damaged by clorox, soft, durable, and nonabsorbent.
- Common uses are swimwear, dancewear, and exercise wear.