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Two Big Reasons the Squeeze Will Continue on US Military Textile Suppliers

DLA Troop Support in Philadelphia recently had a meeting for industry folks. In it, they mentioned that the budget for fiscal year 2011 was 1.9 billion. They had spent 1.7 billion by that time. Yet, everyone was wondering why there … Continue reading

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Contemplate the True Cost of Importing

Made in USA is becoming more attractive day by day. Yet companies still considering or currently importing their product hear the “the China price” and it can be very appealing. On the surface, it appears as a small fraction of … Continue reading

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No one can be an expert on every product application, but customers often ask for a recommendation on which fabric to use for a particular situation/environment. I’ve accumulated a bunch of knowledge on textiles in my head, but I found … Continue reading

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Mil Spec Reference

There is a very handy on-line reference guide to Military Mil Spec Numbers. Whether you need to determine the specs on nylon, canvas, web, binding, or thread, you’ll likely find it here. It also cross-references old mil spec numbers to … Continue reading

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Why choose Solution Dyed Webbing

I’m often asked about solution dyed webbing. Most webbing is woven and then dyed to a color, called Piece Dyed. Solution Dyed webbing has the dye mixed in with the yarns before being woven, and so the color is present … Continue reading

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The Three layers of fabrics

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Shot Show 2011

Observations about Shot Show 2011 Continue reading

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Part II – How to Establish a Win-Win Relationship with a Cut and Sew Shop

Do you know how to be a good partner in the outsourcing process? Continue reading

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I’m giving out insight today on Contract Sewing that can’t be found anywhere else on the web

How to Establish a Win-Win Relationship with a Cut and Sew Shop Are you ready to find a new manufacturing partner? There are many reasons why you might find yourself in this situation. 1. You don’t have our own build … Continue reading

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Tough luck on the road to Inventing the Modern Sewing Machine

I’m providing a link to a nice article about the invention of the modern day sewing machine. Elias Howe and Walter Hunt were two men who poured their heart and soul into the invention, only to have Singer come along … Continue reading

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