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5 Things You Didn't Know Were Made with Webbing

by Annie 27. April 2016 11:05


Webbing comes in lots of different varieties and you wouldn’t even believe all the things that are made from or with webbing included. If you currently use webbing or are just interested in learning a little more about this fabric, check out this list of five things you might not have noticed are made from different kinds of webbing.  

Seat belts

One of the most common uses of webbing is in seat belts in most cars. Nylon webbing is the most popular kind of webbing that’s used. While widths can vary depending on the maker of the car, two-inch webbing is mostly commonly used. Next time you’re in the car, notice the webbing in the seat belt that you have.
 

Dog Leases and Dog Collars

These things are a must if you have a dog or thinking about getting one! Thanks to leashes and collars webbing is made in all sorts of different sizes and colors. And just like seat belts, leashes and collars are made with some kind of hardware, too. Luckily for you, if you’re needing to make these pet-related products, MMI carries both the webbing and the hardware.
 

 Lawn Chairs

Those retro-looking lawn chairs that have been around for years? Yep, they are made with webbing, too! The webbing is woven into the pattern that is seen on the bottom and the backs of lawn chairs. It’s sometimes dyed many different colors to attain that bright and retro look.
 
 

Molle Systems

This fabric system is an acronym standing for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. Webbing is used as a holder for many different things typically in military wear and equipment. It’s used in a lot of tactical assault panels, rucksacks, and modular pouches, vests, and backpacks. In this case, we carry a lot of mil-spec webbing options and Berry Compliant products.


Yoga Straps  

As this kind of exercise becomes more popular, yoga straps and yoga mat carrying straps are becoming more popular too. In many cases, cotton webbing is used in these straps to achieve the softer feel that these products try to attain. The carrying cases and the straps used in the stretching are both growing more and more popular. 

How It's Made: The American Flag

by Annie 20. April 2016 11:10

Have you wondered how American Flags are made? What they are made out of? The history of this symbol is rich and stitches between the red, white, and blue fabric are made out of more than just fabric. The fabric that an American Flag is made out of, like most things in American history, has changed throughout time. Since MMI Textiles, Inc. is  proud to sell many products are made right here in the USA, it got us thinking about the flag and how it is changed over time and thought you might be wondering the same thing.

 

Since 1776, the flag has been made from different things. In the early years, American flags were made out of wool, cotton, linen, or silk depending on where it was being made within the country. Goods and materials didn’t travel anywhere near as fast as they do today so therefore, the kind of fabric that was already close by was probably the fabric used. As one could imagine, flags made from silk were typically more expensive and used in the military and for special occasions, sometimes related to occasions involving the federal government. In 1865, laws were put into place that allowed the federal government only purchase flag materials from American manufacturer. We can see a lot of similar things and laws in place now related to buying USA produced good and materials that are Berry compliant.

Today, while the fabric has changed, an American flag is usually manufactured with a material that depends on where it will be flown. Flag manufacturers are always looking to use improved fabric that offers outdoor flags better wearability and better resistance to sunlight and weathering. Indoor flags, decorative flags, and ones that won’t be exposed to too much weathering will be made out of softer fabrics like cottons. The ones for outdoor uses are typically made from nylon or polyester. Nylon, which is typically a little bit lighter than polyester, waves in the wind as one might think a flag should wave.  
 

As new fabrics, smart fabrics, and other materials are introduced to the fabric industry, chances are that the flag will continue to evolve. The stars and stripe will continue to mean more than just the fabric that is sewn together and now you know just a little more about it! 

Important Update: PenCott™ Camouflage

by Debbie 13. April 2016 14:35

We know camouflage here at MMI. That’s why when we teamed up with Hyde Definition to offer their PenCott™ Mission-Critical Camouflage we knew it was a good idea. The PenCott™ Multi-Environment Camouflage Pattern Family is the culmination of independent research and development, and builds upon decades of experience with thousands of camouflage designs to find the optimum solution for global operating environments. It’s proven and used around the world and we are proud to be able to offer it.

Why PenCott™? The benefits are numerous.  The pattern is naturalistic, omni-directional, multi-scalar, fractal-based, 3-in-1 pattern geometry. It also offers a unique combination of features help you avoid detection more effectively. Pictures are worth a thousand words and we think these pictures are the best representation of how good PenCott™ works. Check out PenCott™ in action.

Another thing we love about PenCott™ is that our 500D Nylon Corduras and NyCo Ripstops are printed to US military specification standards. Lightweight polyester is also an option. Within this line of PenCott™ offers four different patterns: GreenZone™, SandStorm™, BadLands™, and SnowDrift™. All four of these camouflage patterns offer superior shape disruption and texture matching across multiple operating environments and distances. 

We’d be happy to send you samples of our 50/50 NyCo Ripstop, our 500D Cordura Nylon with DWR finish, or our 50D Polyester.  As well as get you more information on the fabrics we print on or the patterns themselves.  Feel free to email our PenCott™ experts at info@mmitextiles.com or call in at 440.899.8050. 

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A Quick History of Polyester

by Annie 6. April 2016 10:36

Woven fabrics have a rich history. And sometimes, after dealing with them so often, it can be helpful to reexamine the history of them and what makes them such a useful and staple part of the industry and of MMI Textiles, Inc. Polyester is a versatile fabric that is used when durability is a necessary attribute.
 

In the early 1940’s the fabric industry was booming. For a few years, polyester took a back seat to nylon but once it was thoroughly developed and ready to be launched, it was introduced to the American public in 1951. It was marketed as a “magic” fabric that needed no ironing and was extremely wrinkle resistant. The fabric continued gaining traction in the textile industry and came a comparatively inexpensive and very durable option for textile needs.

 

From there, it only makes sense that different blends and microfibers of polys were created that offered a different feel and different qualities. It is especially used in outerwear when durability and tenacity are of the utmost importance. In addition, it can be coated with a water-resistant coating, like DWR, which makes it more ideal for outdoor uses. Its ability to keep its shape and refrain from wrinkling also makes it a good option for shirts, pants, suits, and bed sheets especially when blended with other fibers. It’s a popular option within households for drapes and tapestries. It's also commonly used to make ropes, films, and sails. Clearly, polyester is versatile with a wide range of uses in several different industries. 

 

MMI Textiles, Inc. carries a handful of options of polyesters and polyester blends. If polyester is what you are looking for, check out our dedicated page. Keep in mind that we also have experience with a large amount of projects that include polyester fabrics so it’s easy for us to fill you in on what kinds you might need for a project that might be on deck. We can send out samples too, so that you can see for yourself the different kinds that we can offer you. Call us at 440.899.8050 or send us a quick email at info@mmitextiles.com to get questions answered or samples sent. 

Source: http://schwartz.eng.auburn.edu/polyester/uses.html

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MMI Textiles, Inc. Is Your One-Stop Shop

by Annie 24. March 2016 15:25

We find that a lot of our customers who purchase things from us don’t realize that we can offer so much more than just the one thing they are used to buying. So it’s our job to remind you that we can offer our customers so much more than just one product like woven fabrics. If you are making some sort of end product that requires different kinds of fabrics and hardware, chances are we have just about everything you need to complete it. That’s why we are such a good fit for military, medical, and commercial markets. Here is just a quick snapshot of everything we have to offer:

Woven Fabrics

Yep, we could go on forever about these guys. It’s our heart and soul! Woven fabrics like nylons and polyesters are everywhere in our office and sometimes we find ourselves talking about them in our sleep. We offer competitive prices and do our best to meet all your needs when it comes to the various different kinds of woven fabrics. 

Hook and Loop

We have strong partnerships with organizations around the country, like Velcro USA. As well as our own hook and loop experts waiting to answer all your questions. Our lines of both products are large and come in many different kinds and colors. Check out the hook and loop webpage to get all the details.

Webbing and Tape

Like our hook and loop, we also have a strong partnership with Tapecraft when it comes to our webbing and tape. As well as numerous connections around the globe to only sell the best of the best. We carry many widths and colors and are proud of it. A lot of our offerings are domestically made and berry compliant.

Rope and Cord

Lots of good stuff here, too. MMI is proud to offer round shock cord and rope in addition to some flat braided products. The military products are 100% berry compliant so that is definitely a plus!

Hardware

This is a big one! We have both metal and plastic hardware available for you as well as access to the ITW Nexus inventory. Being known as fabric supplier and carrying things like hardware makes us a cut above the rest.

Labels

Printed or woven, labels are a necessity when wanting to make a product that has an identity. We can meet your label needs.

Camouflage Fabrics

It’s important for us to mention our commitment to the military and tactical industry. You can see that commitment partly due to our vast line of PenCott™ camouflage fabrics.

Dedication to you.

Lastly and certainly not least, one of our biggest assets is the fact that we are customer service focused. In our offices, we are a team through and through, making every effort to work together and best serve our customers on a daily basis.  

And stay tuned because we have printed narrow fabrics coming soon! For more info on that or anything else you need, your best bet is giving us a call at 440.899.8050 or shooting an email to info@mmitextiles.com. 

Why We Love Hook and Loop (And You Should, Too!)

by Annie 9. March 2016 08:42


You may or may not know that a lot of people consider MMI Textiles, Inc. a one-stop shop. We can provide our customers with just about everything they need when making products. Whether it’s woven fabric, hardware, or hook and loop. Speaking on hook and loop specifically, we have numerous great options. We love this stuff, no lie. Hook and loop fastener has been around since 1941 and was developed to stick together much like the burrs of burdock that stick to clothing. One of the biggest pros of hook and loop is the fact that it is easy to use and because of that it can be used in so many different applications. MMI keeps a lot of it in stock, too so chances are we can get it to you quickly. Our lines are both import and domestically produced and we also offer VELCRO® Brand for our military customers and berry compliant needs.

We have hook and loop experts who deal with this stuff daily. So we can break down all the hook and loop fabric options for you. Let’s start with our product categories:

We’re extra proud of our line of military hook and loop. Of course, it’s made in the USA and it will be distributed out of our Ohio warehouse along with our other stock products. We offer this hook and loop in coyote brown, ranger green, black, and on a limited basis we also offer foliage green and wolf gray!

The minimum order for stock products is just one case each of hook and loop – case sizes do vary depending on product and width. We specialize in creating stock programs tailored to individual customer needs to ensure we are able to react to increased needs as our customers grow their business.

We’d love to answer all the questions you have to about hook and loop and help you lay out all of your options. Give us a call to discuss at 440.899.8050 or email us at info@mmitextiles.com with some info and we’ll start gathering all the information we need. MMI is focused on the customer is everything we do and it certainly is true when it comes to hook and loop. 
 

Ripstop: A Really Versatile Fabric

by Annie 2. March 2016 10:06


Ripstop is a popular fabric throughout the textile marketplace. From 1.9oz Nylon Ripstop, 1.1oz Calendared Ripstop, and 420D Nylon Ripstop there is a lot of options to find the right one. For those who may not be familiar with Ripstop, it’s a type of woven fabric, often made of nylon, which uses a special reinforcing technique to make it tear and ripping resistant. Hence, the name “ripstop”. Get it?! During weaving, some reinforcement threads are woven in a crosshatch pattern to give the fabric the appearance it has.

Ripstop is typically used in making products that are used outdoors. Sailing, tents, sleeping bags, flags, banners, just name a few. It can be used as a reinforcing fabric in products or clothes made to be worn in extreme durability or extreme conditions, like firefighters clothing. And it is a great choice for backpacks, sports clothing, and some different kinds of luggage. One reason Nylon Ripstop is a good option for a lot of these different avenues is because it can be water resistant, water-proof, fire resistant, and have zero posterity, which means no air can escape through it. It can come in a wide range of weights and colors and is really just a versatile fabric. This is why it is also used a lot in the military and tactical industry

 

MMI knows Ripstop. So much so we have a whole page dedicated to it. We sell both import and domestic and do our best to try to find the kind and color that you are looking for. Three of our specialties are the 1.9oz Nylon Ripstop, the 1.1oz Calendared Ripstop, and the 420D Nylon Ripstop, as mentioned above. In addition, we are able to get our hands on a lot of different option. If you’re interested in starting to use Nylon Ripstop or if you are looking to change up the kind you usually use, feel free to call us so we can get a sample out to you. We’d love to discuss the project with you, give your some general info, or answer any of your questions. Feel free to email us at info@mmitextiles.com or call us at 440.899.8050 to get all the details on Ripstop. 

3 Proven Ways to Get the Fabric You're Looking For

by Annie 24. February 2016 09:30


We have seen it all when it comes to trying to source and buy fabric for projects. Whether it is a tactical project, a commercial project, a medical project, or something totally different – we can help. It can be overwhelming and sometimes just plain exhausting to spend time trying to find exactly what you need and we want to avoid that at all costs. Our fabric experts have heard all the questions and in most cases found all the answers so I asked around and found out the best tips they have for someone who is trying to find the best fabric for their project.
 

 

Be specific.

If you know exactly what color, kind, and weight of the fabric you need then let whoever you are working with know. It can make the process much quicker if you cut to chase and give the nitty gritty details of the fabric you need. If you aren’t sure, that’s okay, too! You can still be specific by describing the project you need the fabric, hardware, or other component for. It’s also important to know if there is any special qualities like fire resistance or berry compliancy that you need the fabric to be.

Ask for samples.

Our office is filled with samples. They are literally everywhere. And we have them so that we can send them out to people just like you who are looking to find something that works. Our team is extra experienced at getting fabrics out quickly and then following up with you. So if you let us know something you are interested in seeing and feeling than we can get it to you ASAP! After you get the samples…

Ask questions.

Yep, ask away. It’s better for all parties involved if you ask questions about everything. You can see our most frequently asked questions, right here. Lead times, costs, and where it is coming from are all important things that you deserve to know. Any question that provides value to you if worth asking and we want to make sure we cover all our bases. Call as many times as you need and keep in mind that you making sure you are as knowledgeable about the process as you want to be if the focus. Whether it’s email or phone calls, ask as many questions as you want.

 

After doing these three things, it’s up to whoever you are communicating with to do the rest. Once we get all the necessary information, we can conduct our most thorough search to find the product you want. When dealing with MMI, things are a little easier because we have a lot of stock options and an incredible network of sources that we can contact to get the right thing. Our 19 years of experience comes in handy. If you are new to the textile world, then welcome and I hope these tips are helpful! On the contrary, if are seasoned in the industry then I hope these are a good reminder. Our MMI team is standing by help, so as usual feel free to call at 440.899.8050 or shoot us an email at info@mmitextiles.com
 

Our Commitment to the Military Industry

by Annie 17. February 2016 09:15


MMI Textiles, Inc. is thoroughly committed to serving the military industry and have been for our 19 years in the business. We see the importance of keeping up-to-date with the needs of the military and try our best to do so. All of our military fabrics and textile products are 100% Berry Compliant and usually stocked on the East Coast at our contracted dye houses:

 

We currently offer:

  • PenCott™ Camouflage Patterns
  • 200D Nylon 
  • 400D Nylon 
  • 500D Nylon (Solution Dyed Cordura and Piece Dyed) per Mil-C-43734, Class 4 
  • 1000D Nylon (Solution Dyed Cordura and Piece Dyed) per Mil-C-43734, Class 3 
  • 1050D Ballistic Nylon (Black only) 
  • 1200D Polyester Camo Green 483 (per A-A-59403)

 

Besides the woven fabrics, we offer a number of other textile products so that creating your end product can be as simple and convenient as it can be for you. Or, if you need these components spate from the woven fabrics, we’d be happy to set you up. It is our first priority to make sure that we do everything we can to get you the products you need as quickly as possible. Some of our textile components include:

Getting into the nitty gritty of the military industry, we have numerous (almost too many to count!) military spec fabrics. This list is just a start of what we can sell you, and we do have an established network that we are already to use to find you the right spec.

We carry multiple military spec fabrics. Some of our most popular are: 

 

  • Mil-C-43734
  • Mil-C-43375
  • USPS-C-1260
  • Mil-C-7219
  • A-A-59403
  • CCC-C-419
  • CCC-D-950
  • CCC-C-428
  • Forestry Service (5100-86)
  • Mil-C-3953
  • A-A-55077
  • Mil-C-43128
  • Mil-C-24500/Nomex
  • CO-PD-02-02H/Molle

 

We are proud of our military selection and even more proud that so much of it is Made in the USA. For more information, you can check out our military stock webpage.  Keep an eye out for our line of printed narrow fabrics that will be coming soon. With any questions, you can see our FAQ’s, give our military fabric experts a call at 440.899.8050 or shoot us a quick email at info@mmitextiles.com. We’d be more than happy to chat with you about fabrics and anything else you need. 

Nylon: An Almost Unlimited Selection

by Annie 10. February 2016 10:14


Nylon fabric is a necessity to our diverse textile market and we sell it to serve markets ranging from military, commercial, and military custom orders. Nylon can be used in so many different end products which is one of the main reasons it is so popular. It’s such a staple in our industry, therefore our 19 years of experience has made us quite the experts when it comes to Nylon.

 

MMI Textiles deals with nylon products so often that we could probably chat about them in our sleep. A large portion of our military stock is Berry Compliant. Our full product offering includes:

Commerical

Military

 

Since we are focused on staying current, the best way to find out what we have right now, is to give us a call at 440.899.8050. Our stock is always changing and some things might take a little longer to get as opposed to others. Coating, color, denier, and pattern all come in to play when it comes to this kind of woven fabric so be sure to let us know if you have something really specific in mind or you are just trying to figure out your options. Our job is to make sure that your needs come first and we will work as hard as we can to get you the fabric that you want as smoothly, quickly, and as fairly priced as possible. Along with the fabric, we can provide pretty much everything you need to make an end product. Hardware, webbing, and labels are just a few of the components we can offer you. For the best and most updated information, check out www.mmitextiles.com, call us at 440.899.8050, or shoot us an email at info@mmitextiles.com 

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