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Default Three clothing designers discover a better mask material (and pattern) after testing

https://www.businessinsider.com/home...-better-2020-4

A very interesting article! A sewing shop owner, aghast at the poor patterns, instructions and material choices for masks ... did some research and testing and came up with a much better design and some far better materials. One successful material is ordinary BLUE SHOP TOWELS - common almost everywhere (at least until this news broke yesterday!)*


They plan to have the pattern & instructions available for free. The blue towels are up to you to find ...*


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Thanks for the heads -up, Graeme! My neighbour is a seamstress and wants to start making them (for local health care workers). I passed this along to her.
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I have about 25 blue paper masks on hand, so I'm set for my once a week journey into the danger zone. There was a popup that prevented viewing the site, so I'll search for something without it. Here's a picture, and a link without popup to the story. https://elexonic.com/2020/04/02/home...ilters-better/

Note that they specify two layers of the blue fabric, plus a layer over it. The clip material is not identified, but surely there's something like at HD or Lowes or Amazon. Maybe just two pieces of twist tie from the supermarket, glued in place.

The binding (bias tape) is available from any fabric store. Note also the dart in the sides to make it tight fitting. Total height of the material is from second chin up to bridge of the nose. I'd make the nose clip a little wider so the mask would fit under the glasses. for easy on/off, use some heavy, long rubber bands, or sew in some elastic. Or just extend the bias tape long enough to tie behind the neck and head, which would be better for surgical use where it has to stay on for awhile. This is probably washable and reusable. Leave it in bright sun for 6 hours, then wash it. Or bleach it first, then wash it.
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My sewing is absolutely lousy. So instead would be using Titebond II. After you wash anything held with Titebond do not mess with it, because the glue will have softened and whatever will peel right off. Instead just toss in the dryer, and with it is dried the glue joint will be as good as new again.

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Or use that adhesive iron-on sewing tape.
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Looks like the shop towels are already impossible to get. Any news on the plans yet? Want to make some for my two sons and granddaughter. They all are working in the midst of people. Especially the younger son. Would really like them to get masks, working masks, ASAP.

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This is the stuff, Theo...
https://www.kcprofessional.ca/produc...oknit-material
Maybe try a fabric store, buy a few yards if you can find it.
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This is the stuff, Theo...
https://www.kcprofessional.ca/produc...oknit-material
Maybe try a fabric store, buy a few yards if you can find it.
Thanks Dan. Now just need to find some, and the plans. Definitely need the plans too.

The younger son is in refrigeration, and the company he works for has contracts with WalMart, among some other places. The owner keeps getting contracts, but doesn't hire more people. My son says the WalMarts are doing business as usual, so he is around a lot of people when he goes into a store to work on the refrigeration. That give me one more thing to dislike about WalMart. Apparently they don't care about people being 6 foot apart, or much else. Worry about him especially.

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As of today, all citizens in Austria are required to wear some kind of mask out in public; my mom lives in Vienna, she is all set.

The idea of the blue towel is brilliant, but there are a couple of things to consider:

A mask needs to fit properly, otherwise you're breathing pulls air from around your beards, chinny chinn chinn etc

Reusing or washing this would seem to be a poor idea, given the material is disposable and no testing has been done on what happens to the fibers after washing.

Ultimately, some form of mask is likely going to be more effective than none, but it isn't going to be any kind of guarantee of prevention. Look at the medical community toll; even with protective equipment in the early stages when they had it.

Still, you can't catch what you're not exposed to, so stay at home and away from other folks.

My son is working at the grocery store every day and I am a bit worried of course. They have installed plexi shields in front of the work stations, but still. One little positive is he was really sick with all the Corona symptoms over Christmas, so perhaps he is immune or at least more resistant to it?

Tons of missing info that we are not getting fed - everything from China willfully spreading it, to the changing tune from our Liberal experts here in Canada (closing flights doesn't work, so let's shut airtravel off way later, duh!!).
The severity of the sickness and death tolls have captured the imagination and thus allow for some sizable gaps in the full picture perspective. Add in the no jobs, no income, stay home etc and you have the beginnings a very effective reset for society. This may be all hogwash, but no one can deny these independent separate views or facts.

The total sum remains to be seen. One thing is for sure though; China will get a reckoning from the rest of the world after this is all said and done.

In the meantime, I sure hope the western intelligence agencies and military are on Defcon 3 or better, since the bad actors that don't care about human life are sure to be jockeying for position.

Hungary leader effectively pulled off an unbridled power coup a few days ago. Our sockpuppet PM tried but got told to sit back down. They did manage to give themselves a raise and increase the carbon tax in the meantime.


Hope everyone is well and staying safe.
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Any word yes on how and where to get the mask plans? Getting those would brighten my day some.

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