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17 10, 2018

Meet the Staff–UPDATES! Shane Nelsen

By |October 17th, 2018|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Next in our Meet The Staff–UPDATES! Blog series is sales rep extraordinaire, Shane Nelsen. Being the sales staff member who’s been a “Whatter” the longest, he has practically seen it all, done it all, and made it all. But that doesn’t stop him from still having a blast, and learning from all of his innovative clients’ unique drapery requests. Take a moment to read a little bit more about our very own “design force of nature”, Shane!

What were you originally hired to do, and how have your duties/job descriptions changed since working here? (even if your job title hasn’t changed) Please explain…

I was hired back in 2006 as a Sales Staff person, and I still remain in that position to this day. And as of the past few years, I can also assist my clients with requests of our rental inventory, too. However, due to my decades of work in the decorating/design/theater industry, and now with my many years here at SW? Inc., I am referred to as “Senior Sales Representative”. I enjoy offering my clients AND training colleagues assistance with questions that they might have regarding custom drapery options, various fabrics and substrates, and overall design concepts.

What are some favorite memories/circumstances/events from being part of the Sew What? family?

Although I truly enjoy our potlucks and special events here on-site, I always especially enjoy our SW outings OUTSIDE the office, too. Years ago a bunch of us went to see Billy Idol live in concert in Palm Springs, and we had such a blast. I also had a lot of fun going to a local concert with some of my co-workers here to see Aerosmith, too. Both shows had our drapes being showcased on-stage, which was exciting to see live and in person…But more than that it was really great getting to socialize with my colleagues outside of our regular work environment.

What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging? What did you learn from it?

Working from design concept to completion on a Black Sabbath mixed media backdrop was definitely one of my personally most challenging projects ever. Mixing commando cloth, aluminum metal mesh, and black sharkstooth scrim together on one drape–and the painstaking measurements that needed to be calculated to ensure everything was exactly how the client envisioned–was genuinely one of the toughest jobs I’ve ever coordinated here at SW. But it was all worth it because the outcome was absolutely spectacular.

Anything more you would like to add about the development and evolution of RW/SW? Inc.?

I’ve enjoyed the progress that both Sew What? and Rent What? have made over the last 13 years. I really like working with the expanded sales team and warehouse staff, too, and seeing what new and interesting drapery projects come through our sewing room every single day.  

24 09, 2018

Meet the Sew What? and Rent What? Staff, Part 22: Kim

By |September 24th, 2018|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

For our next installment of “Meet The Staff”, I am very happy to be able to officially introduce you to an incredibly important—and very much appreciated—member of our Sew What? / Rent What? family, Kim Curran. We’ve been extremely lucky to add Kim to the “Whatter Family” a few years ago as our Senior Purchasing Agent, and it’s been a perfect match ever since. Her diverse background as a buyer has immensely helped with her transition into this slightly different field of “theatrical fabric purchasing”, giving her an invaluable insight and perspective on successful vendor relations, and in turn, what we need to help make this company run smoothly—fabric! Please take a moment to read a little more about Kim, and learn why we are so thrilled to have her as an absolutely vital member of the SW team. 😊

When did you first start at Sew What? What were you originally hired to do, and how have your duties changed since working here?

I started in May of 2015 as the Sew What Purchasing Agent, and have remained in that position ever since.

If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

It would definitely be Italy—I love the food……All of the food! Pasta, fish, desserts, and everything in between. 😉

What kind of work did you do before coming to Sew What?

I was a sporting goods buyer for a major national sporting goods chain—mostly focusing on fitness products of all kinds.

Do you have a special talent?

I love to dabble in baking and cooking of all varieties—and I try to use my powers for good and not evil. (my colleagues seem happy to take on my baking experiments) 😉

What is your favorite memory/circumstance/event from being part of the Sew What? family?

My husband and I had the most wonderful time attending a company dinner at the Bull Pen last year. It was a sit-down dinner at a spectacular steak house with much of the company there, and their spouses and significant others. And it was such a blast!

What is your favorite sports team/TV Show/Book/Movie?

I am not too die-hard of a fan for any particular sports team…. But I AM a huge fan of all kinds of cooking programs—especially the reality competition cooking shows. Give me some Chopped, Iron Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, or any baking contest on TV and I’m there!

What are some of your hobbies?

I love to cook—if you haven’t been able to tell by now! Main courses, desserts, snacks, and anything else that sounds yummy. My husband and I have newly started experimenting with Blue Apron (home delivered ingredients and recipes) which has really gotten me to wear my “chef hat” more than ever. It’s been a fun way for us to try out interesting new styles of food and cooking that we normally probably never would have done on our own.

Plus—more importantly–this summer we also added a new member to our family…our new puppy Stella! She’s a 7-month-old Chiweenie puppy (Chihuahua and Dachshund mix), and she has been the light of our life since we brought her home to be our furr-ever little girl. She has so much contagious energy, so much excitement over everything, and gives so much love to us both–and everyone she meets. It has been so much fun adding her to our family! 😊

What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging?

The most challenging aspect of my job is the short turnaround time we have for some of the orders for our clients—the tours especially. Many things can “go wrong” when it comes to procuring the exact right substrates that our clients are requesting, such as material availability, damages to the fabrics we receive, delays in shipping, size inaccuracies, etc. Thankfully, we have an amazing team here that will do everything they can to find a way to work through any issues that might come up in order to be able to get our clients the beautiful custom theatrical stage draperies that they are requesting — how they want them, and on time.

Anything more about your time here at SW?

There is a strong feeling of having a second family here at Sew What, Inc., which is just so nice to experience every day!

26 06, 2018

Completely Enthrall Your Audiences With Rental Traveler Track And Traveler Stage Drapes

By |June 26th, 2018|Products|1 Comment

One of the most captivating moments of any big performance or concert is when the house lights dim, the stage is lit, and the gorgeous grand stage drapes start to part…..The instant that the stage is revealed and the band, artist, or performers are showcased, that’s when the audience goes really wild! Employing theatrical traveler track is a fantastic way to get this eye-catching effect— easy to operate, and always gives your design dramatic results. Renting beautiful grand stage curtains from Rent What? Inc. is the perfect place to start—we have a variety of sublime traveler drapes to give your event or concert the most decadent look (like our magnificent Crimson Cabaret and exquisite Smoky Pearl Grand Stage Drapes, both from our Timeless and Traditional Drapery Collection). But what about the traveler track…?

It may not always be economical to purchase all the stage curtain track hardware you need, especially when you aren’t sure how often it will be used, nor what the space dimensions will possibly be on future events (for tours in particular). Renting theatrical traveler track is a terrific option for many of our clients who want the excitement of having stage curtain track and traveler track drapery, but perhaps don’t have the permanent venue to showcase it. At Rent What? Inc, 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. Available from Rent What? Inc. as a rental from the most basic manual walk along system to a more intricate rope pull system (for single pull and bi-parting travelers), ADC tracks assure a moving performance at the highest standards.

Maybe a little nervous about setting up the track on-site at your venue? At Rent What?, we have developed a set of easy instructions available for installing our rental bi-parting and side-parting traveler track. We spent quite a bit of time looking at the various resources available to help with the install process and felt that this was an area where clients might have the most questions. We have tried our new instruction set with a variety of clients and have been told that they are “spot on” for helping cut to the chase in terms of everything from rope threading to the carrier and end pulley placements. They are great because they’re written for the “layperson,” and even include pictures to better demonstrate each step along the way.

The perfect complement to our straightforward, undemanding rental traveler track are stunning grand stage traveler rental draperies from our Specialty Drapery Collections. Contact one of our drapery experts today to have them help you find the exact right look and design for your upcoming stage production or concert tour, using a combination of our rental traveler drapes and theater track that can be shipped directly to any venue in the country for your added ease and convenience.

18 04, 2017

Have Track, Will Travel!

By |April 18th, 2017|Products|1 Comment

Adding gorgeous bi-parting grand stage drapes, traveler curtains, or other specialty traveler drapes to your program will add heaps of visual interest and excitement to your theatre stage design. But your event space may not have permanent traveler track installed….so what can you do?

American-Made Automatic Devices Company Traveler Track to the rescue!

For those looking to permanently install traveler track, the ordering process is simple when you work with Sew What? Inc. We feel that, 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 manufactures 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. With a variety of traveler track styles available, we can guarantee you the right traveler track for your specific need.

Never installed traveler track before? Have no fear! Installation of walk along and rope operated traveler track is a simple, straight-forward process. We offer easy instructions on how to install it so that you can take the guess work out of the install, and instead can focus your energy and attention on creating a breathtaking and memorable stage and backdrop design. For those installing automated and motorized drapery tracks, we recommend that the installation be handled by a licensed contractor. We will supply all the installation elements for the track, and your contractor will install per the supplied instructions based on your local and state building codes.

Want to rent it?

It may not be economical to purchase all the stage curtain track hardware you need, especially when you aren’t sure how often it will be used, nor what the space dimensions will possibly be on future events. Renting theatrical curtain track is a fantastic option for many of our clients who want the excitement of having stage curtain track and traveler track drapery, but perhaps don’t have the permanent venue to showcase it.

20 12, 2016

Did You Know You Can Rent Curtain Track?

By |December 20th, 2016|Products|1 Comment

Rental Track – Just as important as having beautiful curtains is to have 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!

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At Rent What? Inc, we’re proud to feature a full complement of superior-quality American-made curtain tracks by ADC, one of the premier manufactures of theatrical curtain transport systems and the only brand that has won UL approval. Available as a rental from the most basic manual walk along to a rope pull system, ADC tracks assure a moving performance at the highest standards. Learn more by visiting https://sewwhatinc.com/rent-what-inc/traveler-track/

Are you interested in viewing just how easy it is to install these rental tracks?  Then check out this very simple instructional sheet.  One, two, three and travel! https://sewwhatinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Traveler_Track_Bi_Parting.pdf.pdf

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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 complete our web inquiry form or call us at 310-639-6000.