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       What do the different ICONS mean?
       How do you use the Color Selector?
       Searching products on the J. Ennis Fabrics Web Site
       Benefits of becoming a registered customer on the J. Ennis Fabrics Web Site
       Special pricing offerings
       GO - button options
       Privacy Policy
       Terms and Conditions
       What constitutes an after-treatment? And why are after-treated fabrics not warranted?
       What is “pilling” and why is it not warranted by J. Ennis Fabrics?

        What do the different ICONS mean?
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        How do you use the Color Selector?

    To begin your search:

    Use the Color Slider to choose your color hue, this is done by clicking on the slider bar and moving the cursor up or down to your desired color.

    You can also adjust the tone of your color in the Color Shade box by clicking or dragging the circle to the desired shade.

    You will notice that with every movement the actual numbers change corresponding to the specific color shade.

    The exact color number appears in the Select Color box to the right of the Color Slider and adjusts as the hue & tone are changed.

    Once the desired color has been chosen in the Select Color box, click Select.

    The color will now appear in the first of the 5 Selected Color boxes at the top and in the side search bar.

    After selecting you can then click on Search to find fabrics with this color shade.

    You can also narrow your search by selecting more colors or by using the search criteria drop down menus.

    The highlighted Selected Color box will automatically move to the next empty box once a color has been selected.

    To add additional colors to search by adjust the Color Slider and Color Shade to the desired color and click select.

    Additional colors will appear in the Selected Color boxes. You can search up to 5 colors.

    Once all desired colors are chosen, click Search on the side search bar for products that match the Selected Colors.

    To change a Selected Color:

    Click on the Selected Color you want to adjust, then again click on the Color Slider &/or Color Shade, then move the cursor to change the Selected Color. Once a desired shade is found then hit select and Search buttons.

    Click Reset to empty a highlighted Selected Color box.

    To search using Red, Green & Blue (RGB) values:

    On the right Specified Values area, type in the exact numbers for Red, Green & Blue in the far right value boxes. Click Select to choose color.

    Select Red, Green or Blue to adjust the hue with the Color Slider. The Specified Values will change for the highlighted value.

    To alter the Hue, Saturation, or Brightness:

    Click the value to change in the Specified Values area.

    Hue changes the Color Slider value (1º–360º)

    Saturation changes the concentration of the hue (grey value %)

    Brightness changes the light/darkness of the hue (black value %)

          Searching products on the J. Ennis Fabrics Web Site
  1. Under products, choose the market and product groups you would like to perform a search within.

  2. Once at the Product Search page, you will have a few options to perform your product search.

    1. Search products by specifications.

      1. On the left side of the page, there will be a single drop-down bar or more (depending on which market and product group you are in). From there you can choose your desired specifications to search by.

    2. Search products by name.

      1. If you know what specific product you are looking for, type in the name of the product and click Search to find all products with that specific name.

    3. Search products by collections.

      1. If you are familiar with the collections from J. Ennis Fabrics you may choose one from the drop down bar and click Search to view all products within that particular collection.

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        GO - button options

    This product option will let you get as exact or close to your desired selection as per the completeness of your text you enter.

    You can search a product by entering a partial name or the complete name.

    You can enter a partial description or the complete description.

    Enter the catalogue part number for supplies
         After Treatment

    After treatments, or “fabric protection plans”are sold at most retail stores in North America. The chemicals are, in most instances, applied somewhere in the warehouse section of the store by hand. If not done properly, there could be over-saturation (causing fiber breakdown or discoloration), or key spots missed (i.e. coating the cushion top but not on the side borders), which could result in seam fatigue. Chemicals applied to upholstery fabric have a tendency to breakdown the fibers (primarily) filament yarns. Synthetic filament yarns make the fabric beautiful with a variety of twists, textures and wraps. After treatment chemicals, such as Guardsman or Scotchgard™, have a propensity to breakdown these fibers over time. In addition, the chemicals can erode the applied fabric backing be it latex or acrylic.

    After-treatment chemicals have improved over the years becoming less toxic and less harmful to the environment. As a result, they have extended the life of the fibers over the previous compounds used—but there is still degradation. The process is just prolonged.

    Consequently, it is impossible to determine whether a fabric’s defect or breakdown is the result of manufacturer error or because of an after treatment procedure. Therefore, neither J. Ennis Fabrics nor our fabric manufacturers will warrant against a fabric that has been after-treated.


    As a result of normal wear and use, upholstered fabrics will begin to form little balls, or “pills,” of excess fabric on its surface. This is called pilling, a common characteristic of many upholstered fabrics. Pilling is not considered a defect by J. Ennis Fabrics because the fabric is not actually deteriorating. Over time, when all excess fibers have been released from the fabric, the pilling will stop. To restore the look of the material, we recommend occasionally “shaving” the product’s surface with a furniture or sweater shaver.