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10 12, 2013

Celebrating the Season at Sew What? and Rent What?

By |December 10th, 2013|Company, News, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|0 Comments

‘Tis the season to spread merriment and joy with those around you, and NO ONE knows how to spread the joy better than Sew What? and Rent What?, especially when a party is involved! This year we had our annual Holiday Fiesta a little earlier in the season than we normally do, which really helped all of us get into a fantastically festive holiday spirit!


Starting off our party with some delicious catered Italian favorites, everyone got to devour the scrumptious pasta and salads to their hearts’ content. But we didn’t sit for too long, because we had the most invigorating and boot-scootin’ dance party arranged by our wonderful DJ Michael from Ovation Entertainment, who always puts us in a dancing mood at all of our events. Offering everybody great party favors and loads of fun props always helps everyone feel extra silly, and no one gets us all to start dancing like crazy in front of the entire staff quite like Michael does! With games such as an extremely competitive limbo contest, then a company-wide “musical chairs”, to our “who can last the longest while dancing the most insanely energetic line dancing imaginable” contest, he had us dancing and running around and limbo-ing until we were absolutely exhausted.


We always look forward to these memorable and hysterically fun parties that the company throws for us for so many great occasions, but the annual Holiday Party is definitely one of our very favorites. We are proving time and time again that we are definitely a “family of Whatters”, and these fun and fabulous parties really help remind everyone that the work we all do is appreciated by management, which is always a great reason to celebrate!




Everyone at Sew What? and Rent What? wants to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Holiday Season, and a prosperous and healthy New Year!

9 12, 2013

Top 5 Steps to Navigating Flame Retardancy Requirements for Touring Soft Goods

By |December 9th, 2013|Education, Flame Retardancy|1 Comment

If you are a tour manager for an artist or band, we understand that you have a ton of tasks on your plate. You are coordinating everything from the hard and soft goods for the set design to the staging companies to the travel schedule. Sometimes it feels as if there just isn’t enough time in the day to take care of everything. I thought I’d help out by passing on a little information on flame retardancy for stage drapery. With this information upfront, hopefully it will mean less for you to worry about.


  1. Request 12” x 12” burn samples of the fabric(s) used for your newly purchased and rented stage drapes and other soft goods. Even with a Certificate of Flame Retardancy, a Fire Marshal at a venue may ask for a burn sample in order to do a field test onsite.
  2. Request the appropriate Certificate(s) of Flame Retardancy based on the tour schedule. Flame retardancy requirements vary state to state (and even city to city), and so letting your soft goods supplier know upfront where the tour is headed will help ensure that you have all the necessary certification.
  3. If a tour is headed to Boston, complete a Boston Fire Department Use Application and send it to Boston Fire Department, along with a 12” x 12” burn sample of each drapery fabric. This is typically required two to four weeks in advance of the Boston show.
  4. If your soft goods are more than a year old, have the drapery tested and re-certified by a certified flame retardancy company before the new tour begins. Some local Fire Marshals may be satisfied with doing a field burn test but others may not pass a drape for use at a show if the certificate is more than one year old.
  5. Don’t try to figure it out all on your own – ask questions! If you are unsure or unclear about any flame retardancy issue related to your new or existing soft goods, talk to your drapery supplier! They are the experts in the subject and can help you navigate this often complex subject.


4 12, 2013

Choose a Digitally Printed Backdrop as an Innovative Design Option for Your Holiday Worship Program

By |December 4th, 2013|Digital Printing, Products|0 Comments

We understand that, as a production designer for a church, synagogue, or other house of worship, your goal is to design a set for your holiday worship services that is both visually exciting and religiously relevant. Why not take a cue from the world of music touring production designers and make a digitally printed backdrop the centerpiece of your design?

 With today’s grand format digital printers and 10 foot wide fabric substrates such as Heavy Knit, Cotton Canvas, and Artist Light, your options for a scenic backdrop are nearly limitless. Any image in digital format can be printed onto fabric and sewn into a beautiful custom backdrop at the dimensions required for your stage.

You may be saying to yourself, “Where do I find the right image for a digital backdrop?” Not to worry.  If you (or an artist friend) aren’t able to create your own digital image, there are many photo websites, such as iStock by Getty Images, offering thousands of royalty-free images to choose from, many with religious imagery, at an very affordable price.

3 12, 2013

Discover Just the Right Substrate for Your Digitally Printed Band Backdrop

By |December 3rd, 2013|Digital Printing, Products|1 Comment

As you finalize the set design for the next tour, are you confused as to what digital substrate would work best for your scenic backdrop needs? Not to worry. There are a variety of substrates available for direct printing on a wide format digital printer, so there is sure to be one that is right for you.

Tour playing at indoor venues, from small theatres to large indoor arenas? A fabric substrate is usually the best option, with choices ranging from Heavy Knit and Cotton Canvas (great options for front lighting) to Artist Light (great for back lighting).

Tour playing at outdoor arenas and festivals? Consider a Vinyl Mesh or Matte Vinyl substrate for greater durability and rain resistance. Worried about wind? Vinyl Mesh is the substrate for you as it allows blow-through.

Have a concern about another soft goods element?  Want some ideas for just the right style of custom stage curtains to fit your vision?  We’d love to hear from you in the Comments section.

2 12, 2013

Make an Impact on Your Exhibit Booth with Digital Printing

By |December 2nd, 2013|Products|0 Comments

Picture this.  You are promoting your product at a trade show.  You have pipe and base hardware, but basic colored drapes just don’t make a statement.  The answer?  Custom digitally printed backdrops that attach to the pipe and base and make your booth stand out from the crowd.



By printing your logo, tag line, or even a photo of your product onto a fabric substrate designed for digital printing, such as Heavy Knit, you have unlimited possibilities in customizing your booth.  This 10 foot wide fabric allows for a seamless look for the standard 10′ x 10′ booth, and seamed options are available for larger booths.

You can choose a single larger backdrop for the back wall (such as shown above), or add additional side wall pieces (as shown below).  Either way, the pieces can be hung on standard pipe and base hardware via a top pipe pocket, with grommets and ties used on the sides for a snug fit.



As the new year approaches, it’s a great time to begin designing a new look for your trade show booths for the 2014 show season! Why not make digitally printed backdrops part of that design?