Long-arm sewing machines

October 1, 2011

Compiled by Juli Case We need a long-arm sewing machine, one with a double needle and a walking foot and puller. Ideally, we’d like to be able to rent the equipment for a week or two, to make sure it can do what we need it to do. Any suggestions? Long-arm sewing machines, especially with …

Marketing ‘green’ claims

September 1, 2011

Compiled by Juli Case I use some recycled materials in my products. Where can I go to find out the right terminology to use with my customers? Although it’s great that you’re using recycled material, you’re right to be cautious about how you divulge that information to your customers. Unfortunately, there are some companies that …

UBL fabric

Compiled by Juli Case We’re working on a bid for an orthopedic device and the spec sheet calls for an UBL fabric. What’s that? We’re guessing that it’s probably referring to an “unbroken loop” fabric, which is a part of a hook-and-loop fastening system. Unbroken means that the fabric has a pile that’s been left …

Classifying the flammability of textiles

Compiled by Juli Case My fire marshal wants to know if the interior awning I’m installing is Class A. The fabric is certified to NFPA 701; does that mean it’s Class A? Using Classes A thru C is how the International Building Code (IBC) classifies the flammability of textiles in some applications. It’s based on …

Asphalt tarp material

Compiled by Juli Case What’s the best type of material to use to make an asphalt tarp? The fabric you use is generally a matter of preference. We’ve seen cotton, vinyl coated and the polyolefins (polypropylene or polyethylene) being used for this application. Asphalt is, of course, delivered hot. The advantage to cotton is that …

Mold/mildew on fabric rolls

August 1, 2011

Compiled by Juli Case We go through a lot of cotton canvas per month, and the rolls typically come with a protective plastic packaging. During the last year and a half, when we’ve opened some of the rolls, we’ve found mold/mildew half a dozen times. We’ve checked our storage area and there are no signs …

Getting a CRRC rating

Compiled by Juli Case How can I get my material a CRRC rating? The CRRC stands for the Cool Roof Rating Council; they administer a rating program in which companies may label roof surface products with radiative property values. A product’s placement on the directory does not mean that the product is “cool” as defined …

CPAI-84 and ANSI 4950

Compiled by Juli Case Is CPAI-84 equivalent to ANSI 4950? CPAI-84, which originated with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), is designed to assess flame-retardant materials used in camping tents. ANSI 4950 is the responsibility of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is intended to evaluate welding pads, blankets and curtains that are used …

U.S. military specification MIL-PRF-20696

July 1, 2011

Compiled by Juli Case We’re looking for a small quantity of fabric to MIL-PRF-20696, Type II, Class 1. We need it in the color 36231 and we’d really like to only buy one roll. Any idea where we can get it? MIL-PRF-20696 is a U.S. military specification that describes waterproof and weather-resistant fabric. Type II …

Rexine material

Compiled by Juli Case What is a ‘rexine’ fabric? A rexine is an artificial leather material. Originally, Rexine was the registered trade name of a particular brand of artificial leather fabric that originated in Europe. In the same way that some brand names come to refer to a general product category (think Xerox for copy …