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Specialty Sports fabrics?

Hi there, I am a design student working on a prototype for a sports glove.  The essence of the glove, at least of the part that this search concerns, is that it is an ergonomic, well-fitted glove for contacts stick sports like hockey, lacrosse, etc.  That is, I am looking for lightweight (to allow for ergonomic fit and ‘barehand sensation’), durable fabrics that would also be ideal for gripping sticks and bats.  An example of what I am looking for would be the fabrics used in the palm side of racquetball gloves.  Do you have any ideas?  I would be happy to order such fabrics from your business if there are any that fit this criteria. By: Tucker Chambers

Fabrics and Textiles Safety- Please ASAP!

Hello Fabric Expert, I am doing a project in school involving science and engineering design. If possible, I would like to know: A. What are common fireproof fabrics used in fire-retardant clothing? B. What are common impact-resistant materials? C. What is the cheapest fireproof material for clothing? Please give me your name and title so I can reference you. If you cannot answer these questions, can you please refer me to someone who can help?   Thank you! -Nick S.   By: Nick

An Interview with a Repair Specialist, Penny, owner of Specialty Outdoors

Penny, owner of Specialty Outdoors updated her web site a few weeks ago.  We caught up with her to ask a few questions about her sewn products manufacturing  business.     How did you get started in the sewn product business? I was first exposed when I took a job with back pack company MountainSmith, run by entrepreneur Patrick Smith, in the early 80’s.  The company was in his garage when I started there, doing a little bit of everything with the job title of “Sewing Supervisor”. I was with them as they moved into their first facility and into national distribution.  More of Penny’s story can be seen at “How Did You Get Into This?” Penny and her husband and two children are very involved in sports of all kinds such as  road and mountain biking, snow skiing, hiking, camping, whitewater boating to name a few.   What education or training you would recommend to anyone in your type of business? Certainly having background or training in basic business management practices, especially how they relate to small/home business is essential.   What gets you up and excited about your business each morning?  I love the people I get to meet and their stories. They are so happy that I can solve their problem for them. This customer had burned the sleeve of her jacket right by the cuff.  Penny had to find fabric that blended with the coat fabric and mend the sleeve.   The repaired cuff looks like it was never damaged.           What is the least favorite part of your business? The administration involved with logging in and tracking items as they move throughout the system, plus the packing and shipping to return completed items.   What do you see as the turning point in your business when you knew you were going to be successful?   When I was able to set up pick up and drop off location in town,  that really underscored that I was a local fixture for my services. Also, when I got my first factory certification from The North Face.   What is the best new product that has become available in your field recently? Sergers that will do cover stitching have been a great innovation for small sewing businesses. They are very specific in the range of use they have, but make for a very professional finish in certain situations. Also the availability of “Sew Free” adhesives for welded seam construction has made my job easier….
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What is Terial Arts?

Introduction to Terial Arts http://www.terialarts.com This video looks at what Terial Arts is all about and how Terial Magic solution can turn your fabric into a workable piece to creat… Have you ever wished you had a fabric that wouldn’t fray, could be ironed into shapes…..all without the use of a sewing machine?!?  Well look what Terry is doing with her Terial Magic spray.  Described as a Dimensional Fabric Art, the  Terial Magic Spray works on most fabrics.   You can use the patterns from Terial Arts to create your own unique flower or design your own pattern.  You want new patterns? We got em! | Terial Arts http://www.terialarts.comFri, 26 Jul 2013 03:40:04 GMT Terial Arts just launched three new patterns for you all! The NO SEW (yep, no sewing machine needed!) Hibiscus flower, great for adding a little tropical flavor to your wardrobe. Hibiscus Fabric Flower made with Terial Magic … Please let us know if you have tried this new product! Judith Judith@fabrics.net Judith has been studying and writing about fabrics for over 50 years. Passionate about textiles, she explains that researching is like collecting clues to build the full picture of each subject. Judith always looks for the sunny side of life.  We do not accept reimbursement of any kind for our reviews.      

Beautiful Wool Satin Gabardine Dress!

Image via Flickr Before writing this article I searched for Wool Satin Gabardine on the Internet.  The first mention I saw was from a well known information site that stated that there is no such thing as Wool Satin Gabardine.  Well, I felt like I needed to fasten my seat belt before going any further.  The writer went on to explain that satin is a synthetic fabric that is shiny on one side and dull on the other.  The correct answer which can be found in any textile reference book, is that satin is a weave, not a fabric.  Satin can be made from various fibers. One of my favorite wool fabrics is Wool Satin Gabardine which is 100% wool, has a satin face, comes in many colors and is a tropical weight wool.  I have been sewing with this fabric for about 20 years and it has never disappointed me.  One of our customers, Lynette,  made her Mother Of The Bride dress out of this fabric and also used our silk chiffon and a lining of China silk.  The finished product is just beautiful! Lynette loves to create and made her own pattern.  The inset of Silk Chiffon was not easy, especially the narrow neck band.     From the front you can see the simple design of the dress.  If you sew, you will know that a simple design is the most difficult design because there is no room for error.         The neck band is a narrow piece of bias folded and sewn on the neckline.  The band is then pressed to the inside where it is tacked down by hand.     I know that I have said this to you before, Lynette, but “Well Done!” Judith Judith@fabrics.net Judith has been studying and writing about fabrics for over 50 years. Passionate about textiles, she explains that researching is like collecting clues to build the full picture of each subject. Judith always looks for the sunny side of life.

How to Create A Roman Shade From Blinds

  Image via Flickr         The windows of the home are an important aspect for many reasons. Windows give us sunlight and warmth in the home as well as allow us to see the landscape outside of the home. Windows are a perfect area of the home for home owners to show a little personality. Window coverings can be added to the windows of the home to provide the space with color and uniqueness. Most home owners try to find ways to save money on household items by coming up with creative ideas and ways to decorate their homes. One way to decorate windows is with blinds and shades. There are many ways for home owners to make such window treatments to customize the design of the home. Many people don’t realize that you can interchange blinds and shades and change up the look of your window design or window dressing. Once you get tired of the blinds, you can dress up your window with a roman shade by using the blinds. Instead of spending money buying shades, you can create a roman shade from the blinds you already have. A cheaper way to brighten up or decorate your windows is to transform mini blinds into Roman shade. This may seem to be a difficult task but it is quite simple and only takes about an hour to do.           So, how does one create a roman shade from blinds? Follow these steps. 1. If you don’t have blinds you can purchase inexpensive mini-blinds at a number of stores like Wal-Mart or Target. 2. Be sure to measure the window by the length and the width of the glass. While measuring the window, be sure to add an inch to the length so the shade will be longer than the window. 3. Decide exactly how many folds you want for the Roman shade depending on the length of the window. The average number of folds ranges from 3-7 depending on the length of the window. 4. Divide the number of folds by the length of the window to determine how far apart the slats should be spaced out. 5. Lay the mini blind(s) flat on a level surface. The floor is the best option. Be sure the front of the slats is facing toward the floor. With scissors, cut them through the horizontal strings that hold the slats in place. These strings are small so be careful. Be sure the vertical…
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Hem Stitches by Hand or Sewing Machine

Image via Flickr A variety of stitches can be used to hem garments from blind stitch to slip stitch.  Here are a few web sites that teach both hand sewing and machine sewing for hemming garments: Hand stitching the blind hem:  How To Hem Pants » How to Mend & Hem Clothes : How to Hand … http://howtohempants.learnbyvideo.infoMon, 08 Apr 2013 01:48:07 GMT How to Mend & Hem Clothes : How to Hand Hem a Skirt with a Blind Stitch how to hem pants. More hand stitches for hems: Tutorial : hand sewn hems – megan nielsen design diary http://blog.megannielsen.comThu, 28 Mar 2013 12:00:19 GMT First up is the whipstitch. This stitch is one of the more basic and faster hem stitches. It produces slanted stitches on the inside, and near invisible, tiny stitches on the outside. Here’s how… 1. Start by hiding your thread knot, … Image via Flickr This technique on the sewing machine takes some practice but once it is mastered, it is a quick way to hem.  Machine invisible hem with blind stitch: Hem And Haw: Perfect Invisible Hem Tutorial | A Crafty Fox | http://www.acraftyfox.netThu, 28 Mar 2013 12:30:01 GMT So here, as promised,is my invisible hem tutorial. This method gives me consistent fabulous results every time. To do this, you will need: Sewing Machine with Blind Stitch (most machines other than straight stitch have this) …   Rolled hem for Chiffon on straight stitch machine: Technique of the Week: Hemming Silk Chiffon | The Couture Academic http://coutureacademic.wordpress.comSun, 17 Mar 2013 05:36:18 GMT Stitch just below your hem line with a row of machine stitches. Make sure … Stitch close to the fold…how close you stitch depends on how little you want your hem to be…this was my first time doing it, so I was conservative! ? Enjoy! Judith Judith@fabrics.net