Post by janesfaces on Apr 15, 2013 10:22:56 GMT -5
Desperately seeking a discontinued Weblon Pink/White stripe awning fabric to make an awning. It used to be available for awnings ordered thru the Vintage Trailer Supply company but was discontinued. I am hoping that someone might have purchased some yardage they decided not to use...hopefully...maybe...praying!
I spoke with the General Manager of Weblon today and told him that I just can't believe they discontinued the pink stripe with so many people restoring their vintage trailers and painting them PINK. He wasn't aware of the popularity or the whole trend in vintage restores, or how people are using them as mobile businesses (ice cream shops, cupcake shops, vintage clothing stores, wedding photo shoots & receptions, etc). Nor had he heard of "glamping". I emailed him some pics, to try to prove my point. ;D
If anyone knows where I might come across this color stripe, please let me know!!
Post by janesfaces on Apr 15, 2013 12:35:23 GMT -5
This is how the website describes this fabric. It used to be offered by Vintage Trailer Supply for their awnings, until it was discontinued by Weblon. (The awning in the photo was ordered from Vintage Trailer Supply before they discontinued that color choice.)
Weblon Coastline Plus
The Coastline Plus Collection has over 100 styles in solids, mono and multicolor stripes, texture, floral and geometric prints on lining. Ideally suited for tarps & awnings.
WeblonÂ® Coastline Plus Fabrics offer these advantages:
Waterproof, dimensionally stable. No shrinkage, stretch, sagging, pocketing or leakage as in woven acrylic fabrics. Extreme high strength with manageable weight for superior resistance to sag and stretch. Age, fade, dirt and mildew resistant. Semi translucency permits degrees of light in shaded areas. Translucency varies with color. Accepts most forms of graphics. Double vinyl - compatible acrylic clear Rain KleenÂ® top coat for prolonged fabric life and enhanced cleaning ability. Flame Retardant. 5-Year Manufacturer's Limited Warranty for Fabric Replacement.
One of the members on this forum (Harrison429) found some of the last this exact fabric. It is a HUGE pain to work with and be able to sew. You may be lucky you can't find any! I'm sure her postings regarding working with this fabric are still on this board. She had left over fabric but I believe it went with the trailer she just sold. IMHO you would be much better off using sunbrella or outdoor fabric, but that probably isn't available in pink/white.
Post by boandsusan on Apr 15, 2013 16:03:34 GMT -5
Thanks for the description, I thought so! I agree with 65callie in that it would maybe a blessing if you didn`t find any of this fabric. I used it several years ago and would NEVER recommend it to anyone. If this is the awning that you have your heart set on.....and I do know how that is lol. Might I suggest a solid pink by Sunbrella for the main body of the awning and then find an outdoor fabric in a pink and white strip for the overhang. Sunbrella is top of the line in awning and marine fabrics IMO. Hope this helps.
If I remeber harrison's story correctly, I think she broke a sewing machine in the process.
Don't think the machine actually broke but she was ready to throw the whole thing in the fire pit, machine included, and I was gonna help her . Even a walking foot (even-feet foot) on the machine didn't help. The quality of the machine wasn't the issue either. She tried several, including a heavy duty vintage one.
If you do find this fabric, the best course of action would be to pay an upholstery shop to sew it for you. I have been sewing for over 45 years and Harrison429 is experienced as well and neither of us would attempt to use it again.
On a positive note, this fabric is beautiful and coordinates so perfectly with a pink and white vintage camper. The two just belong together, so I understand your desire to find it. Just venting prior frustration and issuing a warning
Last Edit: Apr 15, 2013 17:21:11 GMT -5 by 65callie
Thanks to everyone for the input!! If I was fortunate enough to find the Weblon material, I would have someone make it who has the heavy duty equipment. (Maybe even VTS would make it, since they are familiar with working with that tricky material.) I had actually considered giving it a go myself, but after reading this...I thank you all for "helping me dodge that bullet"! ;D
I do have my heart set on it, and felt like I'd won the lottery when Scotties said they had it in stock. Then the big let down, of them calling to say it was too damaged to sell.
I'll keep looking and hoping maybe something will turn up. My other thought is maybe all pink, with a white scalloped edge with white fringe.
Post by mrsoffspringin on Apr 16, 2013 20:55:08 GMT -5
Or you could go completely insane and decide to buy pink cloth and white cloth and cut strips and sew them together to make striped fabric, and then use that to make your awning with. Though I recommend getting a sunbrella or other outdoor fabric that is fade resistant and waterproof, instead of regular canvas. Not that I did that or anything. I guess we all have to learn from our mistakes.....
Darling awning!! Did you sew those stripes together? If so, WOW!!
I actually considered doing that with sewing the pink and white together, but that just seems like a lot of effort! And if you used awning fabric, would you have to then finish all those seams to keep them from fraying? I am not sure I would have the patience to do that with awning fabric.
I also thought about painting the pink stripes on with some sort of flexible outdoor paint, but ??
Post by harrison429 on Apr 30, 2013 16:32:37 GMT -5
I know i'm late to this party and janesfaces and I have had a few pm's but i'd like to give my input on the work that mrsoffspringin did. I KNOW how much work she put into her awning, it was crazy how much work and yet, I would choose that option over ever working with the weblon again! 'nuff said?
Post by mrsoffspringin on May 1, 2013 10:28:47 GMT -5
Its true, I sewed each strip of red and white together using a french seam. For those of you that don't know what a french seam is, it is where you sew the wrong sides together, then flip it over and incase that seam in another seam, and finish it by sewing it flat against the fabric. THREE seams for ONE seam. Its a wonder I didn't break my sewing machine because I was just using a Singer Touch-n-sew (A.K.A. the cheapest model Walmart carries.)
The (eventual) fatal mistake that I made was using regular canvas cloth instead of outdoor or marine grade canvas so it is NOT fade resistant or water resistant, and applying the water resistant spray AFTER sewing it all together, which meant the seams aren't water resistant. Eventually I will probably make a new one, but I have learned from my insanity...I mean mistakes. But for now mine still looks good from far away and we only use it at rallies and in sunny sites.
Post by harrison429 on May 1, 2013 14:20:58 GMT -5
it broke my heart when you realized the mistake you made using regular fabric. you did an amazing job creating your stripes and it was sewn beautifully! your seams and scallops are gorgeous! so when you discovered that it wasn't going to be your long term awning I was so sad for you...you put SO MUCH work in to it, it's just so sad. however, you are right, it looks great but you're wrong thinking it only looks good from far away, it looks good close up too, it's only when you inspect it (which no one is doing) that you start to see the problems. so cheer up mrsoffspringin and know that unless you told others, they would never know your trials and tribulations. unlike my weblon sewing job which showed in every seam the trails and tribulations I had...couldn't sew a straight (and yes, mine were French too) seam for the life of me on that stuff! and while you had joy sewing yours I only had temper tantrums hahaha