What makes the perfect Canvas? Depending on your application this could be a wide range of answers. If you want the heaviest our#1 is perfect; for the most colors our 10oz is it; the smoothest texture check out army duck. The best marine canvas, its Outdura. So, why do I say #12 is perfect?
#12 is extremely versatile with its 11.5oz easy to work with & manage weight. It is double filled, so it is going to be a bit stronger than a 12oz single fill. The weave is extremely dense similar to an army duck, but with a bit more texture. The width selection is incredible from 36″ all the way to 144″. It also comes primed as an Artist Canvas in widths from 60″-96″. The weight of this canvas is appropriate for so many project applications and it is easy to dye. Big Duck Canvas prices on #12 canvas are the most impressive with generous wholesale bulk discounts. Check it out or request a sample.
#4 (24oz) Cotton Duck is our second heaviest canvas! The amazing thing about #4 canvas is all the width options that are available. The selection includes 36″ canvas, 48″ canvas, 60″ canvas and 120″! This is why it is the most popular fabric for making floorcloths. Yes, #4 is actually heavy enough to work as a floor mat especially if you add a little rug padding underneath. Many of our customers, including myself are using #4 to make floor coverings instead of buying costly rugs. Up until now #4 has only been available in natural. Last week we added our new #4 / 60″ in Black! We are looking forward to seeing our customers response to this new option.
Many people wonder if they can sew #4 on their home machine or if it requires industrial power. We have the best answer for that: IT DEPENDS. Many home sewing machines are very heavy duty and can handle the thickness like a pro. It is best to request cotton canvas samples and just run through your machine. Try sewing through three layers and see how it goes. The other reason “it depends” is because of thread options. Most home machines will limit you to lighter thread options. #4 Cotton Duck is heavy, so a heavy thread is ideal. I use a bonded nylon Tex 69 on my floor cloths. My home machine has surprised me over the years handling thick leather and upholstery, but it’s not likely to deliver nice seams using heavier Tex 69 bonded nylon! For that, I use my industrial machine. Again, just hit us up for some samples of our cotton duck fabric and give it try! We would love to hear about any home sewing machine that can easily handle heavy threads!
UPDATE: We have found the Singer Heavy Duty home sewing machines do a very decent job with both heavier fabrics and threads. These are in no way the equivalent of a commercial sewing machine, but for home use we’ve been impressed. Have you had success with other home sewing machines? Let us know!
VIDEO: Sewing and Working with #1 Cotton Duck
Our Heavy Numbered Ducks are such a unique Heavyweight textile material that it almost doesn’t feel right to just call them canvas fabric. They can solve project needs like no other! Floor Coverings, Wall coverings for sound dampening, storage bins, equipment and machinery covers, industrial belting, tool bags, painter bags, horse packs, & more! Here is a quick look at #1
Our #4 Cotton Duck is our next heaviest cotton duck and can basically do everything a #1 can do. It comes in wide range of widths for every project need. In a side by side comparison with number #1 it is hard to tell the two weights apart.
#1 Cotton Duck is cool, but #4 is way cooler. Big Duck Canvas offers both, but we recommend #4 far more because of all the available width options from 24″ up to 120″ and many in between.
I have personally used #4 for my own projects more than any of our other products. The double filled cotton absorbs dye really well and dries very quickly. For home decor projects it can be used to make beautiful floor cloths, place mats & self standing storage containers. It is also ideal for tool pouches, heavy tote bags, and industrial bins. My experience with this fabric is based on making dyed floor cloths and tote bags.
An industrial sewing machine is required for sure. I typically use tex 69 bonded nylon thread on all of my projects and it works great on the #4.
For cleaning and care I have tried several methods with some good luck. It is heavy, stiff and dries fairly fast. When you get your #4 it will be pressed smooth and wrinkle free. The fabric is cotton, so your laundry detergent is fine to use for either cleaning method described below.
Hand Washing – To avoid wrinkles and the headache of wrinkles clean your #4 on a flat clean surface outside like a driveway, or walkway. Spray it down with a hose and use a scrub brush. Rinse out any soap and drag the fabric to another dry flat surface to dry in the sun. It dries pretty quickly and will remain smooth and flat. Hand washing is definitely easier and faster if you have a good place you can do it. This method is a must for wide widths up to 120″.
Machine Washing – I wash #4 floor cloths in the washing machine on a regular basis. Since the canvas is very heavy I always do at least two cycles. One cycle is almost pointless. I move the canvas into a different position for the second cycle. When you take the canvas out it will look permanently disformed in a folded mess! Don’t panic. Lay some towels down on the floor and smooth out your #4 as best you can with your hands and clean feet. I use my feet a lot to get it as flat as I can and then lay towels over it. As you walk or stomp over the damp canvas will become flat and dry. The more traffic over the surface the smoother it will get. Be patient, it just doesn’t happen overnight. The towels on top aren’t necessary unless you are worried about it getting dirty again. I have experimented with weights on top too with about the same result as foot traffic.
Ironing- It is only natural to try to iron wrinkles. A high pressure steam iron is a bit helpful, but for stiff wrinkles in #4 canvas, sustained pressure on a damp surface is best.
If you have any questions about your specific project please let me know!
We are excited to offer a wide range of Heavyweight Numbered Ducks! Single fill and double fill are both constructed with a flat weave, but the double fill (The Numbered Ducks) are stronger because the warp and weft are made of plied (twisted) yarns. These fabrics are extremely dense, stiff and durable. #1 is the heaviest of all at 30oz! #4 is the next heaviest and available in a wide selection of widths from 24″-120″. If these fabrics sound perfect for your next sewing project make sure you have an industrial sewing machine and heavy thread. We recommend a tex 69 thread.
I personally use #4 to make floor cloths and tote bags. I have had a lot of luck dyeing the #4. One thing I have learned about this super heavy canvas is that the wrinkles are very hard to remove. I have found the best way to wash #4 is to lay it flat in the driveway and use a hose and scrub brush. After I wash and rinse I move the canvas to another flat spot in the sun. It dries really quickly and completely flat! Keeping the fabric flat through the washing process saves a lot of time trying to remove stubborn wrinkles made in the washing machine.
If you absolutely want to use your washing machine to wash this heavyweight canvas, the best solution is to remove the wet canvas and lay it flat on a few layers of towels. Cover it with more towels with some flat heavy weights on top. Change out the towels every few hours and eventually your fabric will look smooth.