U.S. military specification MIL-PRF-20696

Jul. 1, 2011  |  Resources

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 weath…
Rexine material

Jul. 1, 2011  |  Resources

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 pro…
M1 FR specification

Jul. 1, 2011  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case We have an FR certificate that states the fabric meets M1. What cert is that? We’re guessing that, if M1 is the only FR specification certification that your fabric has, that it originates in Europe. M1 is a classification that comes from NF P92-503, a French flammability…
Riviera fabric

Jul. 1, 2011  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case I use Riviera fabric—can either side be used as its face? Riviera is a vinyl composite fabric produced by Herculite Products Inc. for the marine industry. We went to them with your question and were told that, yes, it is important to install the fabric correctly. Riviera …
Vadney Clips

Jul. 1, 2011  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case Where can I get Vadney Clips? A Vadney Clip is a piece of hardware used in the marine canvas industry. It’s made of plastic and folds in half to fit in a boat windshield, and also has an insert for a screw stud for snap-on covers. We found it at the … <div><a href=…
“Made in the U.S.A.” labels

Jun. 1, 2011  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case I make bags out of a cotton fabric that isn’t made in the U.S. anymore. I sew the bags in the U.S., though, and am wondering if I can label them as “Made in the U.S.A.”? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the entity in the U.S. that enforces country of &hel…
Clear vinyl that meets FAR25-853

Jun. 1, 2011  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case I need clear vinyl, 20-40 mil, that meets the flammability requirement FAR25-853. I’m not familiar with that spec; where can I get material that passes it? We’re used to seeing clear vinyl being used in marine and tent windows and were confused at first as to why FA…
Getting fabric approved to California’s Title 19

Jun. 1, 2011  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case I’m bringing my tents into the U.S. and am having my fabrics tested at an independent lab to get California certification. The lab is asking me if I need the material tested to Test 1 or Test 2. Which should I use, and do I really have to send the fabric … <div><a …
Energy impact of awnings

May. 1, 2011  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case How do I prove to my customers that having awnings gives savings on energy costs? In 2007, IFAI’s Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) commissioned a study by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) on awnings an…
Adler 167 sewing machine manual

May. 1, 2011  |  Resources

Compiled by Juli Case I bought an Adler 167 sewing machine at an auction. Where can I get the instruction manual? Probably the best place to start is with the machine’s manufacturer, which in this case is Durkopp Adler. In the download section of the website, the company has the instruction ma…