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28 12, 2015

Need Curtain Track? Have drapes? Will Travel!

By |December 28th, 2015|Products|2 Comments

Just as important as having beautiful curtains is having reliable tracks that support and transport them across the stage. And when the drape fits the track and the track fits the drape, you’re in for a show! We’re proud to feature a full complement of superior-quality American-made curtain tracks by ADC, one of the premier manufacturers of theatrical curtain transport systems and the only brand that has won UL approval. From the most basic manual rope-pull track to fully motorized and automated systems, ADC tracks assure a moving performance at the highest standards.


Did you know that Sew What? Inc is a member of the ADC (Automatic Devices Company) Dealer Network? ADC carries the reputation of being the leading, largest and foremost manufacturer of stage tracks and curtain machines in the world. Since 1919 the name “ADC” has been synonymous with quality track products, smooth and dependable operation, and prompt courteous service.


ADC tracks are manufactured specifically for theatrical use. Each product is custom-made and is therefore given individualized attention. Curtain tracks are custom length and are for manual or motorized operation. They can be installed for straight, curved or serpentine operation.

Need Help? Try our helpful Track Selector Guide.pdf or read our basic Guide to Track Installation. You can also download the complete Current ADC Catalog.

Whether it’s curtain tracks, canvas hampers or a new stage drape that you need, Sew What? Inc. offers all clients the same professional theatrical supplies and curtain products, excellent customer service and at reasonable prices. Don’t overlook our fine line of Canvas Travel and Storage Hampers.

We welcome any questions about your own theatrical curtain track and supply needs – just email us or call us at 310-639-6000.

24 12, 2015

Happy Holidays!

By |December 24th, 2015|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|2 Comments

Recently, the wonderfully talented Tom Underhill (who has taken many of our in-house photos) did a photo shoot involving all of the staff here at Sew What? / Rent What? Utilizing a bin of random costume pieces / props that we keep here (yes, once in awhile we do have random “Wear a funny hat” days and the like), he invited each of us to pick a hat or boa or other prop and “ham it up” for the camera. None of us knew at the time what it was for, but we all had a blast doing it (and watching others do it).

Sew What Rent What Holiday Greeting

What did Tom do with all of those photos? He combined them into a single video, which was posted last week on our You Tube channel.  It really is a fun video, and one that shows how all of us here at Sew What? / Rent What? try to have fun every day at work.  It’s not just work here – it’s a family, and I think this video shows that.

So, on this festive day, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May you all find the joy in your life that this video portrays!

22 12, 2015

Stage Backdrops, Theatrical Backdrops and Scenery

By |December 22nd, 2015|Education, Products|1 Comment

A standard stage backdrop or theatrical backdrop is typically made from flame retardant muslin, sewn without fullness. It has a strip of very heavy fabric, called webbing, across the top, which is studded with grommets. (Brass eyelets that are embedded into the fabric). Small pieces of tie-line are then fed through the grommets so that the drop can be tied to whatever will support it. Typically a drop will have a pipe pocket sewn onto the bottom to accept a pipe. The weight of the pipe will help to pull the drop flat.


For theatrical backdrops and scenery, images and textures can be added to a hand painted scenic stage backdrop by a scenic artist. Scenically painted photographic backdrops appeared very shortly after the invention of photography in the 1830s. Various scenes were hand painted onto canvas cloth, a process which revolutionized the photography process, creating the illusion of another reality.

While the history of the photographers hand painted backdrops begins shortly after the invention of photography in the 1830s, there are references to other such hand painted murals thousands of years earlier. The Egyptians painted scenes on walls within their pyramids, the Aborigines sketched dreams and experiences throughout caves within the Australian landscape to name just two.

European entertainers in opera and ballet embraced the concept of painted scenes early on and the theatrical backdrop was birthed. These scenes painted onto a canvas backdrop created the illusion of another reality, setting the stage for artists and attendees alike.

Here’s a small portfolio of hand painted stage backd