A coated fabric like in Renegade Plastics for example is woven with a very thin layer of polyurethane. It makes the fabric more or less waterproof with a shiny or matte finish. It is mostly made from cotton or linen and treated with linseed oil varnish to make it water-repellent. You have to turn it over to find out if the fabric you want is coated. If we can see a weaving there with the naked eye, it is indeed a coating. It’s an easy-care fabric and rather easy to sew.
- The Advantages And Disadvantages?
The advantages of coated fabric are:
- Easy to maintain
- Long service life (the fabric that does not wrinkle and is thick)
The disadvantages of coated fabric:
- Sensitive to high temperatures (hot weather, for example)
- Very stiff at times
- How To Sew The Fabric?
Using your sewing machine to sew and handle your coated fabrics is best. It is preferable to use special jeans or a leather needle (70-80); it easily passes through the coating layer.
Otherwise, it is also possible to do it by hand, for example, for making a rather simple tablecloth. You have to cut your fabric to the dimensions of your table! Nothing’s easier
Another tip: if you want a cleaner finish when making your object, trace a pattern with a washable marker on the back of the fabric (on the coated and uncoated side). It will allow for easier, clean, and neat cutting.
- How To Maintain The Fabric?
To maintain the coated fabric, nothing very complicated; you will only need a sponge with water. Another solution is available to you for the laziest, put it directly in the washing machine. Simply put, it is at a temperature of 30° with a gentle spin cycle.
It is best to leave it to air dry afterward, as using the dryer could damage the fabric enormously! Be careful not to put it too often in the machine because you could reduce its lifespan.
Another tip: pass a hair dryer blow at about ten centimeters in case of a crease or use a pattemouille (an ironing net). Do not iron it on top; as a result, the varnish will stick to the iron.
- How To Maintain It?
Simple and effective, the coated cotton is easily cleaned with a sponge and is environmentally-friendly alternative to PVC fabric. You can also put it in the washing machine on a very gentle spin program and temperature of 30° so as not to damage the coating. Let it air dry, especially with no tumble dryer and no ironing for the phthalate-free PVC coating. Avoid machine washing your coated fabric too often to keep it longer.