Parachute Fabric

1:25 p.m. on June 1, 2012 (EDT)
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Parachute Fabric , how strong is this?

6:42 p.m. on June 1, 2012 (EDT)
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tam1852,

Parachute fabric was made of silk at one time, but I assume you are referring to the modern version made of nylon.

There are many versions of fabric commonly called "parachute" fabric.

You can get different quality, weights, thread count, denier, - you can get plain, coated, or treated fabrics. All this plays into your question of "how strong is this".

Can you post the specs of (or link to) the fabric you are referring to - and if possible the textile mill where it is made?

Also what is the application(s) you are considering? - tent, tarp, hammock, other?

Some very common weights used in hammocks are 1.1 & 1.7 capable of supporting around 250 - 300 lbs. or so. Probably more but that is what I have seen manufacturers rate their hammocks at.

Mike G.

7:32 p.m. on June 1, 2012 (EDT)
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Strong enough to withstand the opening shock of a parachute with everything from a human being to a heavy piece of artillery under it.

10:32 p.m. on June 1, 2012 (EDT)
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Hi tam,

Ive heard good things about both the tensile strength and water resistance of zpf (zero porosity fabric).

Have you checked a retailer like seattle fabrics?

10:44 p.m. on June 1, 2012 (EDT)
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I know that you are just starting and looking for materials.  Did you find a stash of '80's parachute pants?

Sorry I couldn't resist.  :)

I would get a sample and test. 

11:34 p.m. on June 1, 2012 (EDT)
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Look up questoutfitters.com . I have bought some fabrics them . You might find a special sewing machine is needed for some applications . Some fabrics need special sticth to be water tight. Check out what kind of machine might be needed , such as mutli needle machines like a juki.   You can coat the fabric yourself.Remember to coat seams before and after sewn

5:18 p.m. on June 2, 2012 (EDT)
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Seth said:

Hi tam,

Ive heard good things about both the tensile strength and water resistance of zpf (zero porosity fabric).

Have you checked a retailer like seattle fabrics?

 I will check on this, and yes I know of Seattle fabrics.

5:18 p.m. on June 2, 2012 (EDT)
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ocalacomputerguy said:

I know that you are just starting and looking for materials.  Did you find a stash of '80's parachute pants?

Sorry I couldn't resist.  :)

I would get a sample and test. 

 LOL

5:20 p.m. on June 2, 2012 (EDT)
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mudfoot74 said:

Look up questoutfitters.com . I have bought some fabrics them . You might find a special sewing machine is needed for some applications . Some fabrics need special sticth to be water tight. Check out what kind of machine might be needed , such as mutli needle machines like a juki.   You can coat the fabric yourself.Remember to coat seams before and after sewn

 Thank you, we have all the machines we need.Just need a couple more things for the Trilitary.

10:48 p.m. on June 2, 2012 (EDT)
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Bearpawwd.com has a lot of fabric options. They seem to be a little cheaper than seattle fabrics. I ordered from bearpawwd and my fabric came quickly and was a half yard longer than ordered.

8:44 a.m. on June 3, 2012 (EDT)
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hotdogman said:

Bearpawwd.com has a lot of fabric options. They seem to be a little cheaper than seattle fabrics. I ordered from bearpawwd and my fabric came quickly and was a half yard longer than ordered.

 I haven;t heard of them before, I will check it out.Thank you.

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