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13 08, 2010

Megan on Blog Talk Radio

By |August 13th, 2010|Company, links, News|1 Comment

As a result of her trip to Shanghai in June, Megan was introduced to Angie Strader, host of “What’s Your Bottom Line?” on Diva Toolbox Radio Network, and was asked by Angie to appear on the show.  The show aired live last Tuesday, and it was a really interesting experience, both for Megan and the rest of us here in the office.

Megan was asked to call into the show, as well as go onto the show’s webpage, a few minutes the show went live at 2:00 pm Central Time (noon here on the West Coast).  Angie had another guest for the first 15 minutes of the show and then went live to Megan as that day’s featured guest.

It was really a fun experience here.  Megan sent out a company-wide e-mail asking that she not be disturbed during the live radio interview, and even put a warning sign on her closed door (it reminded me of those red lights at TV studios – “Silence – Taping in Progress). 

Meanwhile, we all logged onto the Internet to listen to the interview while we worked.  It was a great interview, but a little surreal to be sitting in our offices a few feet away from Megan and yet hear her being interviewed on Blog Talk Radio!

If you want to hear more from Angie Strader, you can listen to “What’s Your Bottom Line?” live each Tuesday at 2:00 pm Central Time (3:00 pm Eastern, 12:00 noon Pacific), and there are also a number of previous shows available.  I’ve also just checked out her blog, and I found her posts quite interesting.  I especially liked the post titled, “Why the heck are you going it alone?”

11 08, 2010

Pipe & Drape – Beyond Banjo Cloth

By |August 11th, 2010|Digital Printing, Fabrics, Products|0 Comments

The most common fabric used for exhibit booth drapery is Banjo Cloth.  It is lightweight, durable, permanently flame retardant, and relatively inexpensive.  For these reasons, it is used in Convention Centers throughout the country, usually in a neutral color such as black or blue.

However, more and more exhibitors are looking for ways to make their booths “stand out from the crowd,” and one of the easiest ways to do that is to bring their own drapery to the show.

There are a number of different drapery options available to exhibitors.  The easiest option is to purchase your own Banjo Cloth drapery panels in a different color than that offered by the Convention Center, perhaps  a color that coordinates with your company logo.

Better yet, take it a step further and purchase traditional exhibit drapery but in a different fabric.  Traditional exhibit drapery panels are manufactured using a single width of fabric (generally 4′ to 5′ wide, but occasionally up to 9′ wide, depending on the fabric selected), with a pipe pocket sewn on the top.  Panels are sewn flat (unpleated) and are “pushed together” on the drape support to create “natural” pleating.

With traditional exhibit drapery, it is a simple matter to substitute the drapery at the show.  Simply unhook the drape support from the uprights, slide off the Convention Center’s Drapes, slide on your own drapes, and hook the drape support back on the uprights.

These traditional exhibit drapes can be made from a wide variety of fabrics, depending on the desired look.  One option is to use a synthetic velour/velvet, such as DFR 15oz Encore or PFR 8oz Super-Vel.  These offer a rich “theatrical” appearance and are available in a variety of colors.  They are also durable and can be cleaned without losing the flame retardant properties.  As a matter of fact, Rent What? includes both fabrics in their Pipe & Base Drapery inventory and have recently posted some terrific photos on Flickr.  If the look of velour isn’t quite what you are looking for, single-width panels can also be made many different types of fabrics, from RB Cloth to Satin to Voile, and much more.  The sky’s the limit!

If you want a highly customized look, however, consider moving past the traditional single-width panel to a custom drape manufactured to size.  With custom drapery, not only do you have a wide selection of fabric choices, but you can also choose to have a single (wider) drape for each booth “wall,” you can choose to have the drape pleated, you can even choose a different top finish, such as Hidden Sewn Ties, to give that extra polish to your booth.

Want something really different and individual?  Consider a specialty custom bias-cut drape or a drape digitally printed with your company’s logo or another image.

As you can see, there are numerous drapery options available that allow you to personalize your exhibit booth and make it stand out in the crowd – options for just about every budget and style.  So consider going “Beyond Banjo Cloth” for your next show!

Pipe & Drape Questions? See our whitepaper:
Demystifying Exhibit Booths: Pipe and Drape Systems

6 08, 2010

Two Years Injury Free!

By |August 6th, 2010|Company, News, Sew What Team|0 Comments

Today, Sew What? celebrated an incredible feat – two years (730 days) injury free!  What do I mean by “injury free”?  I mean that there have been no workplace injuries at Sew What? in two years.

This really is an amazing accomplishment.  Most traditional offices don’t think too much about workplace injury – there just isn’t very much likelihood for injury.  It’s different at a manufacturing company like Sew What?  Our sewing and warehouse staff work with a variety of machines (sewing machines, grommet machines, forklifts, large format digital printers, etc.), and even the slightest distraction on the part of the staff member could result in an injury.  Many of our custom stage drapes are large and heavy and unwieldy.  So to go two years without an injury is a tremendous accomplishment.

We are so proud of our staff for their diligence in working safely.  Every 90 days, we celebrate by providing a catered lunch to all of our staff, and on the large milestones, we take the celebration up a notch.  This time, in addition to a delicious catered lunch, we brought in a mariachi band to entertain.

The mariachi band was a hit!  Many of our staff are Latino/Latina, and so they had a great time singing along.  The rest of us simply enjoyed the music (and even some dancing!).

I want to send a big Felicidades (Congratulations) to the entire Sew What? family – we truly appreciate your dedication to safety!

5 08, 2010

Sew What? Inc. on the Web

By |August 5th, 2010|Company, News|0 Comments

As social networking becomes more and more popular, businesses have started to get involved as well.  In prior posts, I have linked to the Rent What? page on Flickr, which is a great resource to share photos with folks around the world. 

Well, recently, we decided that it was time that Sew What? have a presence on Twitter and Facebook.  Want to follow our Tweets?  Use @Sewwhatinc.  At Facebook, we are Sewwhatinc

See you on the Web!

3 08, 2010

Sons of Sylvia Digital

By |August 3rd, 2010|Digital Printing, Projects|4 Comments

It seems that almost every day, we are making a new digitally printed backdrop for an artist or band.  It is really interesting to see these backdrops in the various stages of construction.  First, the individual panels running through our wide format digital printer.  Then, the panels being matched together and sewn.  And finally, the finished backdrop hanging on our mechanical truss for the final quality control check before being shipped to the client.

Even more exciting, however, is seeing these backdrops actually in use – on stage with the artist or band.  It makes it so much more real – to know that these beautiful pieces went from plain fabric to beautiful scenic backdrop to part of an actual concert! 

One of the backdrops that I have recently seen onstage was a 30′ h x 32′ backdrop that we made earlier this year for Sons of Sylvia, the country music trio of brothers.  Printed on FR Heavy Knit, a durable wrinkle-resistant digital substrate, the backdrop was also topically treated for flame retardancy after printing, meeting National, California and New York City standards for flame retardancy.  Also included on the order was a Tear Away header, which allows the backdrop to function as a kabuki without the need for a solenoid system.

Seeing it in a photo is great, but video footage is even better.  Check out this video on YouTube – the backdrop is certainly a prominent feature in the show!