A word used to describe fiber
s that are heat-sensitive. Most man-made fiber
s are thermoplastic. A thermoplastic fiber
has the property of softening or fusing when heated and of harderring agaln when cooled. With the application of heat and pressure, it can be molded and remolded. This can be both an udvarrtaKe and a disadvantage. lt is advantageous because in fabrics made of thermoplastic fiber
s, certain features like pleats can be made permanent through heat-setting. However, care must be taken in drying und ironiog fabrics made of thermoplastic fiber
s because of their sensitivity to heat. See man-made fiber
s and heat-setting.