- Feb 16, 2009
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Does anyone have any recommendations or favorite kinds of fabrics that are best for use in parachutes? Pros and cons?
That is a great link. Bookmarks made!For the lightest, most compact-packing fabric, google search on kitemaking supplies. Here is an example of some 3/4 oz fabric:
Other kitemaking sites have other weights and colors.
I have used this and the .75 oz both are what they call hard rip stop. It is nice for cutting out and sewing but does require some washing to soften it up. After I sew mine together I put it in a pillow case (before putting cords on) tie it shut and place it in a washer on hot wash. I throw a old tennis shoe in with it and wash it 2 to 3 times. Even after washing they will still be a little stiff. As for parchute material I find that the best rip stop is 1.1oz calendered rip stop. It is a little pricy if you are only buying a few yards but in my book is the best way to go for a light and strong chute.Here is another source. The 1.5 oz coated fabrics are very stiff. Has anyone observed this and found a way soften the fabric? I have tried washing multiple times but it still scares me how stiff the fabric is when compared to ripstop from Joann's.