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Habit forming

January 1, 2015

The secret to a sideline in cleaning and repair is convincing customers to do it regularly. Cleaning and repair of fabric products is a bit like pie-making: It’s an extremely useful skill, and there’s a sizable market for it, but it’s not everyone’s strong suit. Today’s high-performance fabrics are an investment. They have a longer …

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Beautiful options

December 1, 2014

New materials and technologies—and borrowing from other industries— drive variety and performance in the entertainment fabrics market. Is technology driving the evolution of textiles in the entertainment industry or is industry demand driving technology? That’s the chicken-or-egg question that Jon Weingarten, president, Dazian LLC, South Hackensack, N.J., asks. Either way, there’s always something new to …

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Connection points

July 1, 2014

The right hardware makes every job a snap. With the right outlook— it’s a riveting subject. In this global economy, when business people can order supplies from around the globe at the click of a mouse, it’s easy to assume that we can get whatever we want, whenever we want. But in fact, long-term trends …

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On-hand and handy

The “art” of having the right amount of hardware and supplies available–and organized. It’s an ebb and flow, like the change in the seasons. It’s the annual ritual of fabricators in seasonal markets preparing for the year ahead. Many will have let their inventory of hardware, tubing and finishing supplies shrink to practically nothing in …

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Modern technology helps small fabricator shops

August 1, 2008

When you walk the aisles of a trade show, it’s hard not to be dazzled by all the newest high-end equipment. There are systems available with truly remarkable capabilities: high-ply CAD-driven cutters with vacuum compression tables; room-sized fabric welders; vision-guided robotic sewing machines. But these devices seem to be far removed from the day-to-day reality …