The verb ‘singe’ literally means ‘to burn superficially’. Technically, singeing refers to the burning-off of. Loose fibres not firmly bound into the yarn and/or fabric structure. Singeing is an important part of pretreatment. This is the burning off of protruding fiber ends from the surface of the fabric. If not done properly, unclear print patterns, mottled fabric surfaces, and pilling results.
- Loose yarns not firmly bound into the fabric structure;
- Protruding fibre ends sticking out of the textile yarns and/or fabrics.
Textiles materials are most commonly singed in woven or knitted fabric form or in yarn form.