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What Needs To Be Checked For Shatnez

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Items that do not require testing: Yamulkes, undergarments, cotton and poly-cotton shirts, knitted sport shirts, suspenders, bandages, wigs, sneakers, pajamas, tichels, towels, doll's clothing, bow ties, handbags.

Army/Navy Surplus: All military-type garments require testing.

Baseball gloves: See Sports Equipment below:

Bed Linens: Do not require testing

Bekeshes: May require testing. Bekeshes are usually manufactured in non-Jewish factories.

Belts (Leather): Do not require testing

Blankets/Quilts: Standard wool blankets and down or polyester filled quilts do not need testing. Blankets made of reprocessed wool or "mixed fibers" should be tested. Hand-made blankets should be tested.

Blouses/Dresses/Jumpers(Including Children's): May require testing. Any linen blend or linen-look fabrics, and any fabric containing "other fibers" requires testing. Trimmings, patches, collars, and cuffs are all areas of concern.

Boots (Men's and Women's): Testing is required if boot has a cloth or fleece lining.

Caps/Hats: Requires testing when fabric is wool, tweed, or linen-look. Genuine wool "Kangol" caps do not need testing.

Carpets/Rugs: May require testing. Wool carpets (wall-to-wall) and area rugs may be backed or reinforced with linen. Non-woolen rugs and carpets are not a problem. Services are available at most shatnez laboratories for those who wish to have their carpets tested.

Coats: All wool coats require testing. Down coats, anoraks, and parkas do not require testing if lining is polyester or down-filled.

Costumes: Generally do not require testing.

Couches, Sofas and Chairs: Generally does not require testing. If the fabric is wool or linen the item should be tested for shatnez. Sofas manufactured prior to 1980 in Israel may contain Shatnez.

Curtains: Generally does not require testing.

Custom-Made Clothing: Any lined custom-made garment, such as skirts, suits, jackets, and coats, requires full testing.

Earmuffs: Do not require testing.

Embroidery kits: May require testing when not used for wall hanging. Embroidery, crewel, and needlepoint of  tablecloths and pillows may contain shatnez.

Fabrics and trimmings: Generally does not require testing. 

Felt hats: No testing is needed.

Fur coats: Testing required.

Gloves: Winter gloves rarely contain shatnez. If expensive hand-stitched or containing "other fibers", contact your tester. Ski-type gloves with Thinsulate linings do not have any shatnez problems.

Jogging suits: No testing is necessary.

Knitted Garments (Women's): May require testing.

Knit Shirts: May require testing.

Knitting yarn: Fancy textured yarns may contain wool and linen. Multi-color or textured yarns should be tested. Content labeling on knitting yarn is usually accurate.

Linen and Linen-look fabrics: Require testing.

Mattresses: Do not require testing.

Mittens (Woolen): Generally does not require testing.

Oven mitts and Potholders: May be require testing.

Pajamas: Do not require testing.

Pants: See Trousers

Pillows (Bed): Do not require testing.

Pillows (Throw): Generally do not require testing. Embroidered throw pillows may have wool and linen fabric. The stuffing may contain wool or  recycled material.

Quilts: See Blankets.

Raincoats: May require testing. All raincoats made of wool or with woolen linings, should be tested.

Reprocessed fabrics: The opinions of the poskim vary widely regarding the use of reprocessed garments. Most Rabbonim agree that it is preferable to avoid purchasing items containing reprocessed fabrics.

Robes and Housecoats: Woolen robes should be tested.

Russian clothing: The Russian garment industry makes use of linen and wool in all types of garments and should be checked for shatnez.

Scarves: Wool scarves generally do not contain shatnez. Scarves made in Uruguay may contain linen impurities.

Shirts (Men's): Do not require testing.

Shoes: Generally do not require testing, unless may of wool or linen.

Skirts: Those made of wool or linen may require testing.

Ski Caps: Those made in the USA and Canada do not need testing.

Sleeping bags: Sleeping bags may contain reprocessed fibers.

Slippers: Wool or linen slippers should be tested for shatnez.

Socks: Do not require testing.

Sofa's: See Couches.

Sports Equipment: Halachic opinions vary: Baseball gloves, boxing glove and hockey equipment and other padded sports gear can contain reprocessed padding. (See Reprocessed Material). 

Stuffed Toys: Do not require testing.

Suits and Sport jackets, (Men's/Boy's): Require testing even 100% polyester and 100% silk suits.

Suits/Jackets (Women's): Only fully constructed suits require testing. "Linen-look" fabrics or those labeled as containing "other fibers" should be tested.

Suspenders: Does not require testing.

Sweaters (Men's): Men's wool sweaters are generally free of shatnez, however fabric of sweaters from South America, Canada, China, and Hong Kong may contain shatnez.

Sweaters, (Women's): Any women's sweater containing wool, linen, ramie or silk can have shatnez. Especially suspect are sweaters with fancy embroidery or patches, as well as those that list "other fiber" on the label. 100% acrylic or cotton sweaters do not need testing. The highest incidence of shatnez sweaters are in those from the Far East.

Tablecloths: Linen tablecloths with embroidery should be tested for wool.

Tailoring and Alterations: American tailors do not use linen. Patches of scrap materials used in tailoring should be tested to determine their content.

Talleisim:  No testing is necessary.

Thread: Generally does not require testing.

Tichels: Does not require testing.

Ties: Linen and polyester ties with a textured surface ties need testing. Silk ties are generally free of shatnez, except for those from Spain (even 100% silk).

Trousers/Slacks/Pants: Those made in the USA have not been found to contain shatnez. All imported trousers should be tested. Any trousers which have a linen-look fabric should be checked, even if American made.

Tuxedos: See Suit's (Men's)

Upholstery Fabric: Generally does not require testing unless made of wool or linen.

Yarns: See Knitting Yarn

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