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Old Monday, January 12th, 2009, 11:42 AM
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Red face Spandex Stretch Help

I'm looking for a good resource for getting the spandex Lycra material for our stage. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old Monday, January 12th, 2009, 12:12 PM
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Hancock Fabrics or Jo-Anns. Unless you are buying huge quantities.

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Old Monday, January 12th, 2009, 02:30 PM
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Dazian.com is a source for all types of theatrical fabric. Unless your church is somewhere that does not have fire marshals, attorneys or police, I strongly recommend that you only get fabric that is flame retardant. Whenever possible, get fabric that is PFR (permanently flame retardent). This isn't always possible, but if its not PFR, every time it gets washed, you have to send it off for another flame retardacny treatment. Also, when you buy the fabric, get a flame certificate for it. NFPA 701 is the applicable fire code in the US.

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Old Monday, January 12th, 2009, 02:58 PM
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Rosebrand Fabrics has a wide variety of Spandex and similar stretch fabrics, white and colors. They also have Stretch Shapes made of Spandex. Rosebrand.com
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Old Monday, January 12th, 2009, 09:17 PM
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An identifier to look for is IFR - Inherently Flame Resistant. Just about anything will burn, given enough heat. But some modern fabrics will resist bursting into flames. They may melt or char or smolder but not become a raging inferno.

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We bought 10ish yards of this - then gave it to a lady in the church that does costumes.

She cut it up, finished the edges, and grometed the corners. We had enough fabric to make us 3 matching sails, 2 smaller sails, and a giant 10x10 square (that we will probably cut again to make a spandex screen for our youth room.






We got a lot of use out of $200 worth of fabric.
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Old Thursday, January 15th, 2009, 02:13 PM
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One of the many things that I really like about Dazian's product selection is the wide widths. Sometimes the cost per yard looks a bit high, but then when you calculate how many square yards you are getting, it looks a lot better.

Stretch shapes (sails, etc) are one of the easiest stage treatments to make (and relatively easy to rig) and provide a fabulous target for lighting.

Tim.

P.S. All IFR (Inherently Flame Retardant) materials are PFR (Permanently Flame Retardant). However, the reverse is not always the same. There are some chemical flame treatments that, when combined with specific fabrics, will never wash out, even though the untreated fabric itself does not meet the flame test requirements.
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Old Sunday, February 14th, 2010, 12:25 PM
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I see lots of Spandex online. Just get white or is there a Type spandex to look for?
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Old Tuesday, July 27th, 2010, 09:59 PM
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Way to type "spandex stretch shapes" into google to help with your marketing....

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