3M Scotchlite Reflective Tape is visibility/identification tape for enhanced night-time reflective brightness. 3M Scotchlite Reflective tapes are available in 25mm or 50mm wide, sew-on or self adhesive (50mm only) for flexible applications.
Reflective tape is highly recommended for any nighttime or low-light activities, especially For childrens clothing, book bags, bicycles, etc. Perfect last-minute safety addition (Sew a few strips to your childs Halloween sack!). Continue reading “3M Reflective Tape Information”
Here at FabricUK we often have customers asking us about their projects and how to make sure that they’re fire-safe. There are two options, you either use a fire-retardant material or treat the material you intend to use with fire retardant chemicals. A lot of customers aren’t able to change the fabric in their project and so they turn to treating fabric themselves.
Treating fabric with fire retardant chemicals is actually a lot easier than you first might think. There’s no soaking or curing, just apply a fine mist with a spray bottle, let it dry, and you’re done.
Do you have customers who need to know all of the colours you have? Do you need to show your superiors what’s available? Well, a professional looking and convenient solution is a shade card. The following article is going to demonstrate how we create shade cards for our customers, hopefully this is of use to some of you.
You’ll required the following for this guide:
Small cuts of each fabric colour you have (around 3cm x 5cm)
Strong card, with a square cut out for each fabric sample (we use pre-cut)
Double-sided tape (preferably of the strong variety)
A roller is recommended, but not required.
A sharp knife, such as a Stanley knife, is recommended, but not required.
Ordering fabrics can be a confusing process for those who aren’t quite sure where to begin. Here’s a guide to ordering the right fabrics and getting the best prices, regardless of whether you need a single metre or thousands of metres. Continue reading “What to Think About When Buying Fabrics”
Made in Osaka, Japan, land of the Samurai…where they know about the blade! OLFA manufacture the finest in hand-held cutting technology and replacement blades, Introduced by OLFA in 1979, the Olfa rotary cutter has changed the quilting and sewing industry. 45mm Cutter is the most popular size available, this cutter features a blade safety cover and handle is designed to reduce hand fatigue.
The cutter has a rolling razor blade used to cut fabrics into shapes, strips and pieces for sewing, quilting and craft projects. Olfa Rotary Cutters Accommodate both right and left handed users and can cut through multiple layers of fabric at one time. Continue reading “Olfa Rotary Cutting Tools”
We sell fabric by the metre; a term called Linear Metre which is sometimes confused with square metres where the latter relates more to how carpet is sold. You would be amazed how many people ask us every day how we sell fabrics. Continue reading “Fabric Metre Guidelines”
Inherent fire retardant (IFR) and back-coated (NDFR), are the two standards for fire retardant fabrics. With IFR being durable and NDFR being non-durable.
For inherent fire retardant (IFR) the fabric is woven using modern day fire retardant yarns, rated for durable, hard wearing, repetitive commercial uses; where washing is key criteria for not losing the fire retardant standards required.
Not all fabric qualities can achieve IFR standard due to the practical availability of IFR yarns, in this instance, we can back-coat and spray any fabric with chemicals to fire ratings. Fire retardant sprays are 100% durable for up to 10 washes maximum, however, they have the advantage of being applied to any fabric. Continue reading “Fire Retardant Fabric Explained”
Caring for and cleaning your leatherette vinyl fabrics is easy. Simply follow the steps below to keep your fabrics looking attractive, clean and stain free. We don’t sell leather but we do sell many leatherette’s which is a synthetic version of leather, some of which are very durable. Leatherette has many upholstery uses so constant use will cause wear and tear, but taking proper care of your leatherette will prolong its lifespan.
Woven fabrics are composed of fibers that are hung on a loom and then interlaced with other fibers, both vertically (known as the warp) and horizontally (known as the weft), to form a textile. A helpful mnemonic device to remember the different directions is, “Weft goes right and left.” Continue reading “Fabric Basics: Woven Fabrics”