What am I looking for? Types of mesh fabric

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What am I looking for? Types of mesh fabric

New postby kjh9835 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:44 am

I'm not sure what it's called but it's the mesh fabric that football jerseys are made of you, you know, the little tiny holes everywhere?

I found this at http://www.joann.com/power-mesh-many-colors/zprd_10655256a/ but it reminds me of what "tummy control" panels are made of. Other than that, they have utility camo mesh (prob. for like mosquito netting/face covers or hunting blinds?) and decorative sheer stuff.

WalMart has pool floats that are spring loaded, you only air up the outer edges/pillow and the center is this mesh fabric, they are nearly $20 and much nicer than just vinyl ones as you sink into the water when you lay in the center but the rim holds you up. Every one we've had, has a small leak so they don't stay aired up day to day and since the air chambers are inside nylon fabric, you can't patch them.

I think I can make them and instead of air chambers, use channels for those jumbo pool noodles which are quite bouyant and slide them in to make a ring around the fabric. Foam pipe insulation would also work and may be a cheaper alternative to the pool noodles. Depending on cost of fabric, I just might try it. I also thought about shower curtain material but it would not let you sink down in the center.

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Re: What am I looking for? Types of mesh fabric

New postby LeapFrog Libby on Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:55 am

Kathy, if you are talking about that almost sheer fabric with the holes, I have some in black and white (2 pieces) . I have no idea where I bought it. Years ago. it is 60 inches wide, and I use it for sleeves in some of my tees when I run out of fabric. Also made DGS tank tops and bathing suit inserts with it when he was a teen. I have no idea the name of the fabric, but I know it was really inexpensive or on sale when I bought it. I see it once in a while now, so it had to be either Wal-Mart or Hancocks. only 2 fabric stores I have ready access to.
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Re: What am I looking for? Types of mesh fabric

New postby sewingmom on Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:05 am

Hancocks usually has some.
Try this site http://www.jerseymart.com/fabric-selection
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Re: What am I looking for? Types of mesh fabric

New postby kjh9835 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:33 am

Its not sheer but solid with pin holes about the size of a toothpick. I never knew there were so many kinds (visited the website) so now I'm still not sure. Hancocks has quite of bit of mesh fabric but still not want I want. I tried to call them, got answering machine.

I think I've seen it at Joann Fabrics but not sure. I just hate the drive all the way there. Maybe I can con the kids into going for me tonight or tomorrow. I have some really loose mesh and alot of tulle/netting but neither will work for a pool float.

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Re: What am I looking for? Types of mesh fabric

New postby LeapFrog Libby on Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:35 am

Mine is not sheer, but it is very lightweight. the holes are more the size of a silk pin. (the ones with round heads)
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Re: What am I looking for? Types of mesh fabric

New postby Pudge99 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:13 pm

I've seen/heard it called Jersey Mesh or Athletic Mesh. If you Google Jersey Mesh you get lots of people selling it on ebay/etsy.
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Re: What am I looking for? Types of mesh fabric

New postby bridesmom on Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:59 am

http://www.seattlefabrics.com/mesh.html
Have dealt with Seattle Fabrics a few times and find them great to deal with. Prices are pretty good too.
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Re: What am I looking for? Types of mesh fabric

New postby kjh9835 on Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:17 pm

Found several on that site that will work. Plus as a bonus, they also have the stuff needed if I ever get around to making Joe a new riding jacket. He has some awesome USMC denier fabric with the embedded USMC emblem that he wants a jacket from but we've never found a pattern he likes (looked off and on but not seriously). He'd have to help with that and he works too many hours anyway.

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