IFAI offering one-day workshops

March 1, 2019

IFAI is offering one-day workshops that include educational sessions on shade products, industrial sewing, and welding and cutting equipment. These events are an opportunity to meet with suppliers and build fabrication knowledge with tips to keep production and manufacturing processes efficient and profitable. The Midwest Region Workshop will be held March 15, 2019, in Des …

Seam finishing for cushions and covers

When you plan your projects, how much thought do you give to their finished edges? The material you’ve chosen dictates the best cutting tools and types of seams to use for finishing your projects. Visible seams on exterior projects need to be considered carefully to achieve attractive and well-constructed projects that will withstand the elements. …

New members join MFA

The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) provides resources and programs for marine fabricators and establishes standards of excellence for business practices, products and craftsmanship. The MFA is a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Join the only trade association today that represents the entire specialty fabrics and advanced textiles industry in the world. To …

2019 MFA Excellence Awards

Sponsored by the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA), the Fabrication Excellence Awards contest is designed to recognize excellence in marine fabrication. The entries are displayed throughout the MFA’s Marine Fabricators Conference and are judged by a panel of certified marine professionals. Awards of Excellence and Outstanding Achievement Awards are given in each category. The MFA recognizes …

2019 MFA Award of Distinction Winners

David Elliott, David’s Custom Trimmers, Wakerley, Australia, was presented with the exterior canvas Award of Distinction for his project, “Dual Purpose Yacht Cover.” Llebroc Industries, Fort Worth, Texas, received the exterior upholstery Award of Distinction for its project, “SX Helm Chair with Tidal Wave™ Technology.” The Award of Distinction is given to the projects judged …

Aussies a friendly force at 2019 MFA conference

The 2019 MFA conference included 16 Australian guests who presented educational sessions on a variety of upholstery and patterning techniques. Aaron and Kym Stroud-Smith, Canvasbarn Marine Trimming, Swan Reach, discussed dodger fabrication from an Australian perspective and gave the crowd a bit of an Australian geography lesson to help clarify the different fabricators, conditions and …

Better workforce strategies

Picture this: It’s bedtime and children peer into the dark asking the perennial question: Is the boogeyman here? And if so, what are they going to do about it? The boogeyman comes from the 15th-century Middle English word “bogeyman,” which means “frightening specter.” Legend has this ubiquitous creature prowling around at night, snatching up misbehaving …

2019 MFA Conference makes waves

The 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference onboard the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif., Jan. 10-12, was a huge hit with the second-largest crowd in conference history. With nearly a hundred first-time attendees and a large Australian contingent, conference-goers had a chance to explore the majestic ship while networking, attending educational sessions, and strolling the …

Canvas repairs—turning pain into profit

Let’s go out on a limb here and make this proclamation: Repair jobs are not the sexiest work in the marine fabrication business. Okay, maybe that’s not so much of a limb. The fact is, some fabricators try to stay away from repair work altogether or consider it something of a necessary evil. They’ve got …

New products

These latest products are changing the marine fabricator industry. Want to see your products here? Email: erbernick@ifai.com. Self-piercing grommets ClipsShop® Self-Piercing Grommet Sets are made from solid brass and feature gripping teeth on the washers that provide extra holding power for a wide range of industrial applications subjected to constant tension such as awnings, sails, …