Quality not Quantity: Not All Specialty Fabrics are the Same

When it comes to specialty fabrics, it’s important to know that not all textiles are created equally. In fact, specialty fabrics are created for a variety of industries and not everyone uses the same process, materials, or customer service when it comes to supplying textiles.

Using a quality textile that’s produced with care may cost just a little extra, but that fabric will last and save you in the long run; you won’t have to replace so often. For example in an awning fabric, you want to be sure the textile you use in your project is designed to withstand the elements, is UV ray resistant, mold and mildew resistant, and waterproof.  If you choose a fabric that is mass produces and doesn’t have the aforementioned qualities, your project’s textile may not last as long.

Remember fabrics in the marine, upholstery, outdoor, and auto industries are designed with unique properties that make them last within their respective environments. For example, in the marine industry, boats use specialty fabrics for shade covers, boat covers, and upholstery.

Marine fabrics are typically designed to withstand the sun, rain, ocean or fresh water spray, and the wear and tear of watersport activities. Some marine fabrics are UV ray resistant and waterproof but may lack that mildew and mold resistance which is important for boats. That’s why finding a supplier with knowledge of your industry’s needs is essential. After all, you don’t want your project to fall apart or your customer to be upset.

Another important aspect of a quality fabric is the customer service that it is backed by. Some fabrics suppliers may not have the knowledge you need to support your project’s specifications, or they may not be fast in responding to your queries. Whatever the case, it’s important to know that your textile supplier is efficient, responsive, knowledgeable, and willing to help.

Now that you know a little more about specialty fabrics and why using quality textiles matters, let us know how we can help you with your next project by visiting us at www.vaughanbros.com or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.

Grommets; What are they & Why do they Matter?

Grommet, it sounds like a name for a fictional character in a book. In reality, a grommet is a ring or eyelet made of metal, plastic, or other materials. Grommets are essential to various fabric projects including things like banner signs, tarps, flags, and tents.

Grommets are small and often an underappreciated part of most projects. These eyelets are used to help provide a hole in a banner sign, display card, or other textiles. The hole is meant for looping, hanging, tethering, or tying together the fabric.

So why do grommets matter in a project involving fabric? Why not just punch a hole through your tent or banner and hang it without a grommet? The answers are multifaceted.

A grommet provides a fabric project with a reinforced metal or plastic hole that you can loop a cord or string through without worrying about rips or tears in the textile. A grommet also keeps your fabric project looking professional. Grommets come in various types, sizes, and colors to match your textile. Here’s a quick list of some of the grommet types:

  • Self-Piercing: These are the simplest of grommets requiring no pre-punched hole. These are designed to cut their own hole. With a single action, you can set the grommet with its matching washer and be done.
  • Plain: These grommets are made of various metals and include plain washers. These require a hole cutter to set the grommet in the fabric.
  • Spur: These are heavy-duty grommets with “teeth” that help penetrate fabric. The teeth lock with the other half of the grommet making it difficult to pull out. These are great for use in tarps and flags.
  • Kits: These include everything you need to set a grommet including: a hole cutter, wood block for cutting, a setter, and plain grommets and washers.

As you can see, there are several types of grommets. Using the right one for your project is important and requires that you do some research. Not all grommets are the same and some are designed for use in projects like tarps and flags, while others are designed for use in banner signs and tents. One way to ensure you are using the right grommet for your textile is to consult your supplier and ask the right questions.

Now that you know a little more about grommets and why they are necessary, let us know how we can help you with your next project by visiting us at www.vaughanbros.com or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.

Fasteners: What You Need to Know

When it comes to designing shade structures, furniture, cars, and well, a whole bunch of other large projects, they all have one thing in common: fasteners. But what are these tiny objects?

According to www.dictionary.com a fastener is:

“Any of various devices, as a snap or hook and eye, for holding together two objects or parts sometimes required to be separate, as two edges or flaps of a piece of clothing.”

So, what does this really mean? A fastener basically holds stuff together. In fact, fasteners come in a variety of types and are used in things including but not limited to fabric projects like:

  • Car upholstery
  • Marine upholstery
  • Awnings
  • Patio Covers
  • Tarps

Fasteners come in a range of styles including our:

An example of how a fastener works can be seen in our Stay-Put Shock Cord Loop system. This fastener provides stability and security with the adjustability of a bungee cord. Using the Stay-Put Shock Cord Loop, you can hold together fabrics in a project that requires flexibility; like a boat cover or tarp. Using these loops, you can bring together two sides of fabric and “fasten” them in place. But, let’s say the cover or tarp needs to be adjusted to a different size, you can easily use the flexibility of the bungee cord loop. This not only saves you time and money, it also provides a level of ease your customers will appreciate.

In furniture and other upholstery, fasteners are useful in keeping the fabric tight on the frame. For example, our caps are excellent for upholstery projects. These small snap caps/buttons can provide a nice aesthetic to any upholstery project. Think of a line of these shiny caps studded on the side of a piece of furniture.

Truly, fasteners like our caps, studs, and snads are great for a variety of projects and come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. Fasteners are used in a bunch of things that we typically take for granted. Things like containers, seat belts, clothes, and more.

Remember, using the right fastener for your project is important and finding the right supplier for your project is just a click away.

Now that you know a little more about fasteners, let us know how we can help you with your next project by visiting us at www.vaughanbros.com or giving us a call at 1-800-444-4701.