Threads resist high temperatures

November 1, 2008  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case We’re making a product that goes inside a factory and will be exposed to temperatures of 400 F. We’ve got the fabric; any suggestions for an FR thread that we can use? FR usually stands for flame retardant, but that may not be what you need here. Sometimes a materia…
Defining extrusion coating

November 1, 2008  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case My client wants to know if the fabric I’ve proposed for their project is extrusion coated. What’s that and how do I find out? Coating is the process of adding a semi-liquid to a fabric base; there are several different methods used. Extrusion coating is a technique …
Experts clarify measurement terminology

September 1, 2008  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case What’s the difference between a linear yard and a lineal yard? Our guess is that someone is using the term ‘lineal’ when they really mean “linear.” Lineal is a word typically used more in a genealogical context, meaning someone is descended in a di…
Krylon offers alternative to TT-L-50G

September 1, 2008  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case We’re working on a government bid and we need a lacquer that meets TT-50, Type II. Do you know where we can get it? The full designation of this specification is TT-L-50G, with the title Lacquer, Nitrocellulose, Acrylic and Acrylic Butyrate, Aerosol (in pressurized dispen…
Meeting French flammability standards for fabrics

September 1, 2008  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case I have a customer in France who wants to know if the fabric I use to construct my yurts meets M1 and M2. The fabric we use is certified to California State Fire Marshal Title 19, NFPA 701 and CPAI-84. Will they meet the French certification? To the best of our … <div><a …
Supplier offers wide skirt liners

September 1, 2008  |  Resources

Some of the new upholstered furniture styles use a waterfall or dressmaker type of skirt that is very wide. Where can we get a skirt liner that’s at least 30 inches wide? A skirt liner is used to give more body to the fabric, and the standard width is about 6 or 8 inches. We … <div><a h…
Suppliers provide polyethylene fabric for printing

August 1, 2008  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case We need some polyethylene fabric that is woven and coated on both sides with polyethylene. It needs to be at least 3.2 meters wide and we need to be able to digitally print on it. Any idea who supplies it? We’d always heard that polyethylene was difficult to print on because …
Finding fabric for boat reupholstery

August 1, 2008  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case I have a client that wants me to reupholster a 1998 Sea Ray boat. Do you have any idea what type of fabric was used? Typically, the best option is to contact the boat manufacturer and ask. In this case, we were directed to contact a local dealer, but the marine … <div><a…
New location for Allen Datagraph

August 1, 2008  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case We use an old Allen Datagraph vinyl cutter and are in need of some parts. The phone number we have is disconnected; are they still in business? Apparently they are, although it appears they’ve moved since you purchased your equipment. We located Allen Datagraph at: SOURCE All…
Synthetic suede fabric used for variety of applications

August 1, 2008  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case We’re looking for a fabric called Clarino; what can you tell us? Clarino is the trade name of a synthetic suede fabric used in automotive interiors, equestrian products and sporting goods. The manufacturer of Clarino is Kuraray America Inc. For more information, contact: SOUR…