Durable PTFE thread

July 1, 2020

Austrian-made Profilen® PTFE sewing thread is now being distributed by Polyfab USA. The thread is an excellent choice for long-lasting outdoor items such as awnings, shade sails and marine covers. It is flame retardant, resistant to highly corrosive environments, competitively priced and is covered under a factory warranty for the lifespan of the fabric onto …

Cockpit cover fabrication tips

By Leo Pohlmann, in collaboration with Zach Pohlmann Throughout my 30 years of marine canvas experience as the owner of Uncharted Marine Canvas, I’ve seen many trends come and go. One that has emerged within the past five to 10 years is the creation of cockpit covers on sportfishing boats. Located in the Florida Panhandle, …

Sales and marketing during a pandemic

By Madeleine MacRae Determining the best way to sell and, even more so, how to effectively and appropriately market your products and services at a time of such widespread uncertainty and deep market disruption can be a daunting task. As a leader during this unprecedented time, you have a lot on your plate. You have …

Antimicrobial durability

EverSoft vinyl is a supple, sleek vinyl with four-way stretch. It features a Nanocide™ Silver Ion Antimicrobial Agent formulation which enables it to withstand harsh conditions and prevents the growth of mold, mildew and pink staining. Recommended for marine seating and upholstery, home decor pieces, interior upholstery, RV and auto upholstery, and commercial or hospitality …

Your business can survive this pandemic

By Terri Madden When I moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and registered my business 23 years ago, I had only $2,000 in my pocket. It bought me the key to the door of an 800-square-foot space with a few worn-out tools and tables. I paid the lawyer who drew up the paperwork in the …

Tools, tips and tricks

These are submissions to the Marine Fabricators Conference Tools, Tips and Tricks contest.  Tip 1 : Grommet foot pedal This custom foot pedal for our pneumatic Edward Segal grommet machine allows us to maneuver large pieces of fabric with both hands in order to set grommets more quickly and accurately, instead of holding the fabric with …

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Digital determination

Adding automation can prove challenging, with costs to consider, processes to change and nervous employees to reckon with. Still, fabricators who have taken the leapsay there’s no other way to go.  By Pamela Mills-Senn When Darren Arthur, owner of Nautilux Custom Canvas LLC in Hazlet, N.J., purchased a single-fly Aeronaut cutter eight years ago—his first …

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NECPA: A century of survival

Lessons from three canvas companies that have survived for a century and continue to thrive. By Cathy Broberg In January 2020, the North East Canvas Products Association (NECPA), a trade organization for the canvas and outdoor fabric industry, marked its 100th anniversary. Members celebrated at its annual conference with a gala and by touring a …

Durable beauty

A linebacker and beauty queen all rolled into one, ULTRA™2500 is a coated vinyl fabric lacquered on both sides with a high-gloss finish making this product “easy on the eyes” and a breeze to clean. Durability at an affordable price. Extremely versatile with translucent and blackout options and in weights from 19 oz to 43 …

Fabric collection brilliance

High-performance solution-dyed acrylic outdoor fabric collection Sol-Out is offered in solids, stripes and jacquard designs. Made with 100% Durashine™ fiber, the fabrics are suitable for applications including furniture, carpets, marine exteriors and awnings. Manufactured to resist weather and UV rays, color brilliancy, durability and performance characteristics remain unchanged year after year. The fabrics have water …