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From: CodyGramma
Date: 04-22-2005, 09:18 AM (1 of 4)
I have been asked to do some alterations on a fire proof suit for someone who is involved with truck pulling. My friend's husband is a small man and she usually orders him boys clothing but the smallest they had available in this flame retardent suit was a small men's and its still too large! LOL Anyway, she has asked me to do the alterations and yesterday we were talking and I wondered if it wouldn't be necessary to order special thread (also flame retardent) for doing the alterations.

Has anyone ever done anything like this? I guess she went ahead and ordered the thread but I was just curious to see if there are any other things I should know before doing the alterations. Any help would be greatly appreciated! :)

User: CodyGramma
Member since: 04-22-2005
Total posts: 133
From: MaryW
Date: 04-22-2005, 09:35 AM (2 of 4)
Hi CodyGramma and welcome to Sew Whats New. :bluesmile

I didn't realize there was flame retardant thread. I had a fabric distributor tell me that once the flame retardant fabrics were washed the retardant disappeared.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 04-24-2005, 08:51 PM (3 of 4)
Do a google search for Nomex Thread and Fabric--That's the stuff you're looking for. It's not fabric treated with a flame retardent, like ready-to-wear infant sleepwear. It's a special fabric, typically used for fire fighters and other risky jobs. And they do have a special thread. It's not cheap. Have your friend reimburse you for it! I found it at a website for Pegasus Auto Racing. Good luck.
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Member since: 02-18-2005
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From: CodyGramma
Date: 04-29-2005, 12:14 PM (4 of 4)
I talked to her yesterday and she's opted not to order the thread. You can't just get a small spool of it and we won't need that much for this project. So I'm just going to do the alterations with normal thread I guess. she's not worried so I guess I shouldn't be! LOL
User: CodyGramma
Member since: 04-22-2005
Total posts: 133
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