There are four weaving types for constructing nylon webbing and other flat webbing materials. Webbing materials have different properties and characteristics depending on how they are made. Choosing the material is essential, but it is not the only one. It is essential to recognize that the type of weave used to construct the material also plays a direct role in creating highly specialized webbing for specific applications and environments.
Weaving takes two sets of textile threads and interlaces them perpendicularly. The fabric is created on a loom. Two important terms to know regarding weaving are warp and weft. A warp is a lengthwise thread, and the weft is a crosswise thread. The warp and weft are put together to create distinct properties in the final pieces.
Plain weave is simple in that the warp and weft are put into a simple crisscross pattern (over-under). Although the name suggests it might not be remarkable, this type of wave is more vital than most others because it has a high interlacement.
Satin weaves create a flexible webbing material that often has a glossy surface. The glossy nature of the material comes from a significant number of floats on the fabric. Satin weaves are the softest available, so they are often smart for fashion and pet wear.
Twill is different from satin and plain weaves because it has a more complex pattern. This wave uses a series of diagonal parallel ribs put into a specific pattern. It will weave is more durable and is heavier than a plain weave. It is also soil and wrinkle-resistant. This type of weaving is excellent for complex binding applications, such as seat belts harnesses and high-strength slings.
Basket weaving is stronger and more flexible than plain weave nylon webbing, resulting in a less stable fabric. As a result, this type of weaving is often used in the composites industry because fabrics have a flat look and loose construction.