Mystery Material-Can you ID it?
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Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Mystery Material-Can you ID it? on 01/21/2012 11:18:24 MST Print View

I really like the material in these things. I bought a few in a military surplus store. The owner said they were cap stiffeners. Can you id the material? I'd love to buy a few yards of it. I've purchased every type of mesh that I can find and nothing matches up.

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Characteristics

(1) It appears to be woven with plastic like threads that are hard like nylon fish line.
(2) The threads are locked into place somehow (glue, heat, ?). I can't even move the interlocking connections if I insert a needle between threads and wiggle it.
(3) Zero (or close to it) stretch.
(4) Lightweight. This 25+" piece weighs ,8 ounces.
(5) Breathable
(6) Holds shape. Several years of use as a waist belt haven't deformed it or stretched it.
(7) Durable

Waist Belt Use

The material, and the shape of this stiffener in particular, are, in my opinion, perfect for waist belts.

The stiffener is shaped like a horizontal section cut from a cone. It fits perfectly as a waist belt for me.

It is as comfortable as any waist belt that I have used and is light, easy to sew, non-stretching, very durable and breathable. It also has a texture that helps it stay in place when worn.

Dan Yeruski
(zelph) - MLife

Locale: www.bplite.com
Mystery material on 01/21/2012 11:25:15 MST Print View

test it with a magnet. Take it to a fabric store and ask the clerk for an identification on it. maybe they have something similar.

Try a garden center, ask for shade cloth. Try local green house and ask them for same thing. Ask to feel their shade cloth used to cover hoop style enclosures. I have used some in the past that is stiff and porous.

Edited by zelph on 01/21/2012 11:28:43 MST.

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Mystery material on 01/21/2012 11:30:16 MST Print View

Dan,

Non-magnetic

I'll try the fabric store idea.

(Note to self. I've been to Seattle Fabrics and Pacific Iron and Metal and looked all over for the fabric. Why didn't I show it to someone and ask them for help? Because I'm a man. My wife would have asked everyone at the store and the horse they rode in on.)

Daryl

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Mystery Material-Can you ID it? on 01/21/2012 11:31:36 MST Print View

It's just a mesh belt huh?

Dan Yeruski
(zelph) - MLife

Locale: www.bplite.com
Re: Re: Mystery Material-Can you ID it? on 01/21/2012 11:47:45 MST Print View

Stop in a "florist" shoppe and ask them if they have somthing. It may be used in flower arrangements to stiffen somthing or other :)

edit to ask: is the edging magnetic or does the edging have something sewn into it that gives the hat/cap support, maybe aluminum wire or half hard stainless steel.

Edited by zelph on 01/21/2012 11:53:09 MST.

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Re: Mystery Material-Can you ID it? on 01/21/2012 11:47:47 MST Print View

John,

Yes it is just a mesh belt......but a mesh like no other.

I've made a couple other belts from other meshes and they tend to stretch and wear out.

Daryl

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Mystery Material-Can you ID it? on 01/21/2012 14:52:08 MST Print View

Can't ID that stuff exactly, but try some Leno Lock mesh. It is very similar. OWFINC or Seattle maybe. It does meet your specs. Yes, I use it.

Cheers

Jim W.
(jimqpublic) - MLife

Locale: So-Cal
Fusible Interfacing on 01/21/2012 15:12:53 MST Print View

Fusible Interfacing
Not exactly what you have shown. Fusible interfacing is non woven but it has some similar uses.
It's an iron-on stiffener used in plackets, collars, and hat brims. There are different weights or you can layer it for more stiffness.

Fabric stores have it.

The mesh you show might have a similar heat set adhesive.

Edited by jimqpublic on 01/21/2012 15:15:46 MST.

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
Re: Fusible Interfacing on 01/21/2012 15:25:04 MST Print View

If the salesman said it was used for stiffening fabric then fusible interfacing is definitely a strong possibility.

Else all the other suggestions of shade-cloth makes sense (also some other types of outdoor/garden fabrics may be similar).

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: Fusible Interfacing on 01/21/2012 15:39:00 MST Print View

I use fusible interfacing for hat brims. Works pretty good. Iron a piece on both sides, remove backing, turn inside out, iron together. Use thick interfacing.

When I've used thin interfacing or just one layer it's not stiff enough.

Hat brim is so small you can do test pieces to see what works best for you.

Samuel C. Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
Mystery Material on 01/21/2012 22:00:38 MST Print View

File a FOIA request with the Defense Dept.

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
FOIA on 01/22/2012 00:02:53 MST Print View

That's just cruel Sam. Not only will the FOIA take months to process but the documents will probably come back describing all the gear that the fabric has ever been used on, the missions that gear was used for, and even the identities of individuals that have used the gear, but the material type and source will be redacted!

Kristina Baker
(kristina27) - F
Mystery material on 01/22/2012 05:07:25 MST Print View

The man at the army surplus was right. They are used in bdu Abu or acu caps or covers to a. Stiffen the cover and b. form the cover into a more crisp uniform shape. You wear it with your cover to maintain a crisp and defined look.

Kristina Baker
(kristina27) - F
Mystery material on 01/22/2012 05:29:31 MST Print View

The man at the army surplus was right. They are used in bdu Abu or acu caps or covers to a. Stiffen the cover and b. form the cover into a more crisp uniform shape. You wear it with your cover to maintain a crisp and defined look.

Terry Trimble
(socal-nomad) - F

Locale: North San Diego county
Mystery Material-Can you ID it? on 01/22/2012 09:56:03 MST Print View

Daryl,
The fabric looks like heavy duty shade cloth used outdoor nurseries or awnings what you have is Berry compliant fabric. I think it knitted 80 % polypropylene shade cloth.

Here's a link to some:
http://www.shadeclothstore.com/products/shadecloth80__knittedshadecloth.html

The shade cloth store also has a softer hand woven version.
Hope this helps,
Terry

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Leno Loc Mesh..on steroids on 01/22/2012 15:48:43 MST Print View

Lotta good ideas here. Thanks for the input. I plan to address all of the ideas submitted. I'm only addressing Roger's Leno Loc Mesh suggestion in this post, however.

Here's how the Leno Loc Mesh I have compares to the Mystery Mesh.

(1) The pattern of the weave is similar. Straight threads go in one direction. Twisted threads go the other direction and hold everything together.
(2) Mystery Mesh is about twice the thickness and twice the weight of the Leno Loc Mesh.
(3) Tapping the edge of Leno Loc Mesh on a table sounds and feels like fabric. Tapping the edge of the Mystery Mesh on a table sounds and feels like a rigid piece of plastic.
(4) Mystery Mesh doesn't stretch in any direction. Leno Loc Mesh stretches and deforms when pulled on the diagonal.
(5) It is very difficult to pluck a thread from raw ends or raw sides of Mystery Mesh. It is easier to do so with Leno Loc Mesh.
(6) Perhaps the Mystery Mesh is Leno Loc Mesh using larger threads and then setting the fibers with heat? Just guessing here.

I plan to make a waist belt from the Leno Loc Mesh and see how it works. If diagonal stretching is a problem I can double the mesh with pieces running diagonally. I like that it is half the weight of the Mystery Mesh........if I can make it work for me.

Hats off to you who have posted suggestions.

Edited by lyrad1 on 01/22/2012 19:23:33 MST.

Samuel C. Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
Mystery Material on 01/22/2012 21:16:48 MST Print View

Dustin -
Sorry for my dark attempt at humor.

Actually, I have a FOIA request pending with the Forest Service. The Sierra Club site is much more optimistic about the time element. But yes, you are probably right.

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Follow-up on 01/22/2012 22:30:30 MST Print View

Dan, Dustin and Terry-I ordered some shade cloth. Will report back when it arrives.

Jim and Jerry-My past experience with interfacing (even if layered) is that it wouldn't be strong enough to stand alone as a waist belt. I really cinch the belts up tightly so there is a lot of force there. Do you have some experience that would counter my limited view?

Dan-The entire Mystery Mesh fabric is stiff. It isn't just the edging. There isn't any metal anywhere. I can't recall seeing anything in a florest shop that would be durable enough for a stand alone waist belt. If you have something more specific I'll sure check it out however.

In general, I plan to carry the Mystery Mesh hat (cover, cap) stiffener around with me and ask people (including florests) what they have that might work as well as the Mystery Mesh. I've learned a heck of a lot by asking here so who knows what might turn up next.

Thanks again. I'll report back as I learn more.

Daryl

David Olsen
(oware)

Locale: Steptoe Butte
Re: Mystery Material-Can you ID it? on 01/23/2012 09:49:33 MST Print View

I don't know what it is either, tho it is similar to, but lighter than, the mesh insoles they used to put in Jungle Boots.

It is not shade cloth. I have sewn thousands of yards of that and shade cloth is not that stiff.cantex

Edited by oware on 01/23/2012 09:53:09 MST.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Mystery Material on 01/23/2012 13:52:51 MST Print View

"File a FOIA request with the Defense Dept."

;-)

This is not a DoD procured item.