Posts Tagged ‘USA’

Pilling of Wool Silk Blend?

Hello Experts  I have a brand new Hart Shaffner Marx Sport Coat, about 50 50 wool silk blend, bought yesterday.  I see in the light pills everywhere.  Is this normal, or should I return it?  Would it be acceptable to use my fabric “shaver” to remove the pills, and if I do, would it weaken the fabric and/or cause even more pills in the future?  It’s interesting to have such a well known, made in USA brand, have so many pills.  Aparently evenly spread across the jacket, not in wear points.  Thank you very much for any advice you can offer.  James Rispoli By: james rispoli

Have you seen Dove’s Advertising Campaign?

There are times when repeating a post is warranted: Dove’s ‘Real Beauty Sketches’ Ad Campaign Tells Women ‘You’re More … – Huffington Post http://news.google.com Philly.com (blog)Dove’s ‘Real Beauty Sketches’ Ad Campaign Tells Women ‘You’re More …Huffington PostThe tagline of the campaign is: “You are more beautiful than you think.” (Scroll down for more of the sketches.) … “I see my 8-year-old daughter, … I was impressed when I first read about Dove’s global study in 2004.  Now in 2013 Dove has Partnered with The Girl Scouts of the USA, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Girls, Inc to produce games, videos, activities for girls of all ages.  The Dove web site has all the information.  Included in the Activities is “The Girls Guide to The Digital World” as well as activities for groups and/or parent and child to start discussions about self esteem.  Enjoy! Judith Judith@fabrics.net  I have not received any compensation from Dove for this blog post.

Thread Labels Coats and Clark

Vintage Thread Chart & Photo Gallery Thread Labels – Coats & Clark Coats USA — large-size SuperSheen with two different price bottoms; medium size SuperSheen top and bottom early plastic; Coats Golden Chain top. Est. 1960s-early 70s. John Clark Jr Mile-End — Two versions of silver tops; three versions of two bottom sizes and thread sizes. Est. 1920s-30s. Coats & Clark ONT — small size mercerized top with red bottom; small-size mercerized with blue bottom; nylon [green and red label] top and bottom. Est. 1950s-60s. Coats & Clark’s ONT — medium-size wood spools top and bottom; medium-size plastic spools top and bottom. Est. 1960s-early 70s. Coats & Clark ONT — two large-size top labels;  large-size mercerized top and bottom. 1950s-60s. Coats & Clark ONT — large-size with red bottom; large size with blue bottom. Est. 1950s. Clark’s ONT — two large tops and one bottom showing spool cotton label. Est. 1940s-50s. Clark’s ONT — two large-size tops, plastic spools, 1960s-early 70s; medium-large top with similar bottom shown on spool beside it. Est 1940s-50s. Clark’s ONT — large-size top and bottom; medium-large top and bottom; medium-size top and bottom. Est. 1940s-50s. Clark’s ONT — small-size blue top wood [bottom is red & blue on white], red top and bottom plastic, est. 1960s-early 70s.  Small-size black and gold top and bottom, est. 1950s-60s. Clark’s ONT — small-size top and bottom showing several thread sizes; smaller top and bottom showing 3 thread sizes. Est. 1940s-60s. Clark’s ONT — tiny spool bottom states: sheer fabric." Est. 1950s. J&P Coats USA –three tops alike with different bottoms;  6-cord top and bottom. 1940s-50s. J&P Coats USA — large-size top and bottom; medium-size top and bottom which also came in larger size shown in bottom; est. 1940s-50s. Medium-large size top which has chain ring on bottom with 70 in the center, est. 1930s. J&P Coats USA — small spool from a sewing kit or presentation box; est. 1950s. J&P Coats USA — SuperSheen top plastic, est. late 1960s-early 70s;  two silver tops with same bottom label as shown; est. 1950s-60s. J&P Coats USA — [1] scrollwork with four evenly spaced 70 on both ends, bottom label states The Spool Cotton Co., sole agent with 13 in center; est. 1920s30s.  [2] top label with similar scrollwork and four evenly spaced 70 on top only, bottom is chain ring with 70 in center; [3] bottom with scrollwork and four evenly spaced 100, top is same as #2; [4] small 6-cord top, bottom is chain ring with 70…
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A Celebration of Joan Kiplinger 1933 – 2009

This is the evolution of our Vintage Fabric Expert. Joan Carol Reed Kiplinger was a 1955 graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and history. She first worked in corporate communications with Blue Cross of Northeast Ohio then was the office manager for the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District, retiring in 1998. But above all, Joan loved fabrics and research. As her own bio states on her Vintage Fabric column, “Joan Kiplinger is an antique doll costumer and vintage fabric addict who learned to sew on her grandmother’s treadle and has been peddling fabrications ever since.” She was a collector and professional costumer of antique dolls and helped develop a national doll newsletter, NOMAD, by mail for persons who had no access to local doll guide. Joan first contacted our Ask Andy columnist, Andy Weinstock, in September of 1999 with the following question: Is there a fabric reference book available which describes all or most of the following: names of and dates when various fabrics appeared; which fabrics are no longer being made and what would they have most closely resembled to today’s fabrics; what fabrics are known by a different name today; charts of the various fabric family trees– i.e. muslin is the parent of voile, batiste, lawn, organdy, nainsnook; a list of trademarks and did they denote a single fabric or a collection of fabrics–i.e., quadriga cloth, cloth of gold, Indian Head, Trevira; which fabrics dominated each decade; illustrations of various fabric weaves. I have a small collection of fabric books which don’t begin to answer these questions and have searched the internet without success. Perhaps a college textbook(s) may furnish the answers. Would appreciate any help you can give me. Joan Andy’s reply: Dear Joan: I don’t have a lot of experience with books. I will call some of my friends in the fabric business that are more into books than I to see if they can recommend something to me. When I’m at the fabric show in New York in October, there is a magazine/book seller that always exhibits there. Will show him your request. If what you are looking for doesn’t exist, you might want to think about writing the book yourself. Will keep you advised. Andy Judith’s answer on Fabrics.net: Hi Joan, There are several books that I would recommend; one in particular is “Fairchild’s Dictionary of Textiles”. However, the type of book that you are looking for in a “fabric tree”, I haven’t seen….
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Hiring Designers

I am new to this industry and have an idea for children’s pajamas. I would like to hire a designer for the fabrics and a source to make up the patterns and a work room that can sew them. Any suggestions on where to begin, and how many samples I need out there to get orders started? Where do I market them? The LA mart? Is worthwhile to go to fabric tradeshows? Thanks, Alex: First of all, you must spend some time on the Federal Government web site, as it relates to sleepwear apparel for kids. This is one of the areas, where there are clearly defined rules about flammability of fabrics. Not only must the fabrics past strict testing procedures, but the finished garments, must as well. Visit www.ftc.gov. You will need to carry a lot of business liability insurance to sell these types of products. Finding contract sewers, can be easy if you visit www.seams.org, the National Association of Sewing Contractors, here in the USA. Consider attending the upcoming Los Angeles International Fabric Show, Oct. 15-17. Visit www.californiamarketcenter.com to register to attend. I will be there, wearing my Ask Andy badge. You may be able to find a designer for the fabrics, at that show. Samples: to what kind of accounts do you want to sell your products? Large department stores, may want samples to be left with them, after you make your trip to their buying offices. They too, will have their own FR standards, which in some cases, may be more stringent than the Federal Government. Smaller boutiques, may be a better market for you, or just selling on the web, may work as well. Good Luck, Andy

Made In The U.S.A

MY INTERNET COMPANY WWW.BUBBELOVE.COM OFFERS MADE IN AMERICA PRODUCTS. I FOUND OUT TODAY THAT ONE OF MY FAVORITE VENDORS IS USING IMPORTED FABRIC BECAUSE HER DISTRIBUTORS TELL HER THAT THERE ARE NO AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS OF CLOTH…..COTTON OR COTTON BLEND IN CHILDREN’S PATTERNS.IS THIS TRUE?????I HOPE YOU CAN HELP ME Arlene: I cannot verify that this is or is not true. The U.S. Government has a very strict guide line, for the Made in USA Standard, which can be found at www.ftc.gov. I do know that today, many of the U.S. printers, will print on fabrics of foreign origin. While you have an interesting web site, with a noble cause, it may be hard for you to confirm that all of your suppliers are conforming to your Made in USA mandate. What if a garment is made from fabric that is printed here, on cloth that is foreign, and sewn with thread that is imported, and has buttons or zippers that are imported? Visit some of the Made in USA sites, www.madeinusa.org, www.stillmadeinusa.com and www.usstuff.com. Ask your suppliers if you can visit their factories, to confirm that they are actually making the products here. At least then, you will know for sure. Good Luck, Andy

Where To Get Pima Cotton On Cones

1. Do you know where I can get 5/2 pima cotton on cones? 2. Do you know where I can get the little crimps that hold the ends of cord elastic to make a circle? Thank You, Annie “DON’T EVEN KNOW IF YOU CAN IMPORT IT I NEVER HEARD OF 5/2 PIMA I HAVE HEARD OF 5/2 RING SPUN COTTON BUT DON’T KNOW IF THERE IS ANY IN THE USA HOW MANY LBS ARE U LOOKING FOR? “The above response was from a Yarn jobber, located here in the USA.We visited your web site, and see that you are using this to hand crochet ladies tops.Visit www.alibaba.com and register your needs on that site.Good Luck, Andy