Elastic is manufactured by combining strands of natural or synthetic rubber with strands of yarn. In the case of elastic shock cords, a number of rubber strands are encased in a braided cover of one or more layers of yarn.

The methods used to produce flat elastic are weaving, braiding, or knitting, though the properties of each method may overlap. For example, most material constructed by the braiding procedure is lighter than that produced by weaving, however, either very heavy braids or very light wovens can be produced by HNW.

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Woven elastic fabrics are dense with interlocking threads for a strong, premium product. These items will not narrow when stretched.

Weave variations include a cotton gabardine, a lightweight polyester & cotton insert type elastic, nylon webbing or special constructions.

Widths are 1/4″ to 8″.


Braiding produces a lower cost elastic which is generally more dense than knitted elastic. The material will narrow when stretched. Available from 1/8″ up to 2″ in flat braids.

Most Shock and Stretch cords are braided with a single or double covering.

Cords diameters are from 1/16″ to 1″.


Knitted elastic is generally lightweight and not as densely or tightly made as woven elastics. It is generally the least expensive construction. It will not narrow when stretched.

Our knit is made with polyester or polypropylene yarn.

Widths are from 1/4″ to 12″ or special configurations to 20″.

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We are proud to be “HNW, The Elastic People,” stretching to meet your needs. You can reach us directly at 401-728-2018. Ask for Customer Service at Extension 5.