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Best place to buy nylon fabric?

PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:57 pm
by MoapaPk
I've started making my own gear again. Problem: most of my fabric was purchased 30-40 years ago; the urethane now smells like cat piss.

What is a good place to buy fabric and related supplies (flat webbing, heavy-duty thread) online? I can buy a lot of stuff from the local JoAnn (brick and mortar) store, but they pretty much stop at 2.2 oz/yd^2 ripstop. I'd like to get thicker stuff for some apps.

I'm not looking for big quantities -- might be just a few yards at a time.


PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:23 pm
by fluxlib
Here's a site I found with a bunch of suppliers. they sell small batch. You'll have to hunt through to find the right stuff, but most sell the Eurethane coated nylons as well as the silnylons.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:42 pm
by Hotoven
I'm sorry I can't help you, but just out of curiosity, what kind of gear do you make?


PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:45 pm
by nmiller08
I've gotten most of my fabric from Quest Outfitters, they are very helpful and shipping is very reasonable. Everything from lightweight silnylon to heavy ballistic nylons, WPB fabrics, etc.
Another good source is OWFINC (google it, not sure of their web address) for some of the more specialty fabrics like Epic.
Hope that helps, those are the only two I've used but I know there are others too.

Ah, just looked at the link posted above and they are both listed there. I also have ordered from Thru-Hiker (last place on the US links) but I've only ordered the 800 fill down and some misc. other stuff. A guy named Paul runs the place out of New England and he's top notch in terms of service and recommending what to use/do. Limited selection of fabrics though.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:18 pm
by MoapaPk
Hotoven wrote:I'm sorry I can't help you, but just out of curiosity, what kind of gear do you make?

Generally stuff that I can't find elsewhere to buy. E.g., my most recent want is a small light gps carrier that I can move quickly from the shoulder strap of one pack to another, using velcro closures. I have some old camera cases that sort of fit this bill, but they aren't being made anymore, and the old ones are wearing out.

More: This winter we made two pairs of minimalist nylon windpants with pocket, fly and light belt closure; 4-5 oz a pair, and they are far superior to anything I've tried to buy lately-- plus they fit me. Years ago we sewed a minimalist nylon hooded anorak to fit my physique, and I still prefer that today to all others. My best light summit pack I made; when it finally ripped, I replaced it with a REI flash, which is heavier, less flexible, and has lower volume -- I'll probably redo that. And earlier I made a quasi-tent to fit over the back of my car and a cot, specifically thinking about places in DV where the ground is made of 4"-diameter rocks. Years ago I sewed a light minimalist down bag, and used to make backpacks.

Partly this is physical therapy. My right side has been partially paralyzed for 8 years, and sewing helps me regain some control.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:30 pm
by MoapaPk
Thanks all.

PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:06 pm
by Hotoven
Nice, sounds great MoapaPk. One of these days you might get a special order in from me! :D

PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:58 pm
by Autoxfil
I have had good luck with Thru-Hiker. Prices are a little high, but they have top-notch supplies and all the little bits. Shipping is very fast.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:43 pm
by hatidua
Narain's Outdoor Fabric, in Berkeley, CA. Google for contact info.


PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:28 pm
by Norman

I have bought from this company several times. I made the Bilgy kit tent plus stuff bags and straps. They answer the phone with a human (seems real), they ...get this...HELP YOU by answering my stupid questions. They have the fabric "Cuben Fiber" that is light weight, strong and expensive, and the now famous silnet. There is a photo gallery on stuff real people have made, also the Bilgy tent if interested in a sub 2lb tent. ... r-arm.html

PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:53 pm
by MoapaPk
Thanks again folks!