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The Art of Spinning a Yarn

Mar 01, 2017
The Art of Spinning a Yarn

An Interview with David Sasso of Buhler Yarns, Inc. 

We recently caught up with David Sasso, vice president of sales at Buhler Yarns, to get a little more detail and understanding of what makes a great yarn—or what it takes to spin one. We are talking about REAL yarn spinning of course, which is in many ways a lost art. Lime and Leaf sheets are produced from Buhler Yarns, and we credit their expertise in helping us produce a sheet second to none. Since Buhler Yarns has been doing this for over 200 years, we know we are in good hands.

  

Lime and Leaf:

Is it really true that Buhler Yarns has been in business and spinning yarns for over two centuries?

David:

It sure is. Buhler Yarns has been in the United States since 1996, but was started over 200 years ago in Switzerland. We have been known for over two centuries as spinners of fine-count yarns. In order to be closer to one of our primary markets, the United States, we opened a facility here that started spinning yarns to be used in sheet production.

 

Lime and Leaf:

That’s fascinating. Do you make any other products here in the USA? 

David: 

We started with yarns for sheets as our primary objective, but by the year 2000, more and more sheet business was moving to Asia, so we added knits and apparel yarn spinning to the mix. Our primary focus is quality, as it has been for 200 years. We almost exclusively use American pima cotton, the finest in the USA, for almost everything we do, and fine apparel benefits from our capabilities in addition to the home industry.

  

Lime and Leaf:

Can you tell us about thread count? We know that the market seems to be flooded with sheets that boast high thread counts and seemingly feel great at a great price, but is there more to understanding quality than just thread count? 

 

 

David:

Absolutely! There is much more to understanding the quality of a sheet than thread count. The most important component is the fiber itself. The “finer” the fiber, the better the product. Selecting the fiber is as crucial for spinning yarn as selecting grapes is in making wine. We actually work with specific farmers here in the USA to choose cotton plants that produce the types of fibers we need to spin our fine yarns for sheet production. The quality, the longevity, the sheen, and the way the sheets feel—all of this comes back to the fiber. You can have a 250-thread-count sheet that is superior in quality to a 400-thread-count sheet, because the fiber is superior to begin with. A well-spun Supima® cotton fiber sheet will last many, many years. It is difficult to find that kind of quality these days.

 

 

Lime and Leaf:

So, it really seems that fiber is the critical element. Are all spinners created equal beyond the fiber they use?

 

 

 

David:

Well, every spinner has their sweet spot. Extra-long staple cotton—Supima® cotton—is what we do. Other spinners may not have access to the best fiber selection. We work with the farmer directly long-term, giving us consistent quality time and time again. That is the main value of our company: acquiring and spinning the finest fibers, consistently and reliably. We have been doing this for over 200 years; quality and value is our hallmark. It is also important to point out that everything is made here in the USA, and in an environmentally-correct way. No harsh chemicals are used, and of course, cotton is a completely natural product.  

Lime and Leaf: 

We recently published an article on craftsmanship and spoke of our passion for detail, quality, and beauty. It’s evident that Buhler Yarns is an outstanding example of a company that embraces these same values. Is there any other advice you might offer to the consumer reading this interview in terms of product selection?

David:

The yarn industry needs to continue to educate the consumer on the details we were able to talk about here today. I think one thing that is interesting and helpful is for people to visit Supima.com to learn about cotton fiber, particularly Supima® fiber. The next time you are out shopping, you will know more about the product you have in your hand than ever before, and you will be able to make the right choice for your needs.

 

Lime and Leaf:

Thank you, David. As always, it’s great talking with you and sharing the expertise of Buhler with our customers.

 

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