De-Mystifying Webbing: Choosing Perfect

January 15, 2020 Off By Cortney Wise

De-Mystifying Webbing: How to choose the perfect webbing for your project

What’s the right webbing for your application?

You use webbing a lot more often than you might think. It makes up your car’s seat belts, your bag’s handles, your tie-down straps, belts and so much more.

Webbing is tightly woven to provide strength and stability and is made from a variety of different fibers. In situations where reliability and strength of the material are of concern, webbing is a great choice.

When you’re working on an important project, you want webbing that will suit the look and life of your product.

Polypropylene

Polypropylene  is a thermoplastic polymer.

Some of the advantages to using polypropylene webbing are: waterproof fiber, mildew resistance, and UV resistance. This type of webbing is also stretch resistant–even in water. Polypropylene is a great choice for pet harnesses, leashes or collars, luggage, boat rigging, bags and much more. Additionally, webbing made of polypropylene is very easy to clean, making it a great choice to use for children’s items or medical equipment.

Nylon

            Generally made from synthetic polymers, Nylon is the strongest material that can stretch and retract even in marine applications.

Nylon webbing also has a smooth, shiny texture and feel due to the nature of the fibers and tightness of the weave. If you are using webbing for rugged outdoor work, these are features that you will probably want in your webbing. However, Nylon has much less UV resistance than other webbing, and will break down over time with extended UV exposure. Great applications where you can use Nylon webbing are: climbing, parachuting, dog care accessories, and other short-term outdoor use where the item will be stored out of the sun in the interim.

Cotton

Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows around the seeds of cotton plants.

Makers love Cotton webbing, because it is great to use on items that will be touched often or are worn next to the skin. Its natural softness makes it less abrasive and makes the webbing appropriate to custom-dye with specific colors. Webbing made from cotton is water absorbent and doesn’t generate a lot of static electricity. This factor makes this webbing well suited for electricians, air crafts, etc. Being a natural product, cotton webbing is environmentally friendly and has a natural look. For your sewing applications that are less weight-bearing and out of long-term sun exposure, we recommend this webbing, because cotton is not as strong as webbing made with synthetic fibers.

We advise that you carefully consider what features you are looking for in order to get the perfect webbing for your project. To purchase webbing or other products, be sure to visit our selection on our website to see the full range of sizes, fiber contents, and colors that Vaughan’s Fabric & Supply offers.