Berry-compliant webbing

July 1, 2020

Fully Berry-compliant Polyester Webbing for seat belts, retractors and tie-down applications is available in widths of 1 to 6 inches, with wider widths available for specialty applications. The webbing meets Mil/PIA-W-25361 and commercial A-A-55242A specifications and is available in low minimum runs—as low as 1,000 yards per color—and in customized designs to meet performance properties. …

Highlights of the 2020 Smart Fabrics Summit

The industry meets virtually to discuss innovations,cybersecurity and collaboration.  by Janet Preus The Smart Fabrics Summit, presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce in collaboration with Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), was held virtually this year. Its speakers covered a range of topics, with special emphasis on cybersecurity and collaborative partnerships.  From innovation to commercial …

Woven Inspiration recovers the gilded age

Woven Inspiration owner Christine Becker welcomes the challenge of preservation—of history and her craft. by Holly Eamon Christine Becker was destined for a life immersed in design. Born in Verona, Italy, she spent her childhood captivated by the city’s medieval architecture before moving as a teen to the artist-inhabited neighborhood of Greenwich Village, N.Y. Influence …

Classic look, high performance

The Stamskin® One allure collection of indoor/outdoor upholstery fabrics offers the same performance of its sister collection, Stamskin One, with a new finish: an understated leather-like grain suited to classic designs. The fabric pairs a supple, luxurious hand with abrasion resistance of more than 665,000 double rubs (ASTM D4157), inherent resistance to pink mold and …

Balanced fabric collection for inspired interiors

In Sweden, there is a concept known as “lagom.” It’s a way of living life in balance—not too much or too little—a stress-reducing happy medium for daily life. Lagom is the inspiration for the 2020 collection by German textile company nya nordiska. It includes five exclusive fabric innovations using wool, linen and cotton that strike …

Fluorine-free finish

Responding to market demand for a fluorine-free solution for stain resistance on fabrics, GreenShield ZERO offers protection from water-based spills such as sodas, coffee and wine. The finish uses nanoparticle-based innovations to reduce the health and environmental impact of stain-resistant finishes. It can be used on materials including polyester, cotton, nylon and solution-dyed fibers. The …

Feature-packed model

New features on the Consew® model 2206RB-14-7-DD sewing machine include a presser feet connecting rod that allows for presser feet to alternate more efficiently and a top thread electric clamping system for trimming. Other benefits include a direct drive motor (no belt connection required) and fully automatic functions including an automatic electric foot lift and …

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NECPA: A century of survival

Lessons from four member companies that have survived for a century and continue to thrive. by Cathy Broberg In January 2020, the North East Canvas Products Association (NECPA), a trade organization for the canvas and outdoor fabric industry, marked its 100th anniversary. Members celebrated at its annual conference with a gala and by touring a …

A historical perspective to a historic pandemic

What is the biggest professional challenge you’ve overcome? This is one of the standard questions Review asks the subjects of the Perspective cover article. While some responses are unique to an interviewee’s specific circumstances, the most common answer involves seeing a business through the economic impacts of 9/11 and the Great Recession.  While the coronavirus …

Breakthroughs in advanced textiles: robotic glove, energy harvesting, solar-powered structures, camouflaging wearable, decomposing t-shirt

Robotic glove for hand paralysis San Francisco, Calif.-based technology start-up Neofect has developed a robotic glove to help patients suffering from paralysis. The product prototype, Neomano, is a smart glove designed for patient rehabilitation of the hand following a stroke, spinal cord injury or other condition that limits a patient’s ability to use his or …