STARTEX, the non-woven fabric proposed by APCSTARTEX’s main characteristic is its ability to give structure to soft materials according to their elasticity
We tested the STARTEX material sold by APC of Vigevano at Arsutoria School laboratory of shoe and leather prototypes. This non-woven fabric fused with plastic material can be coated with different materials to make it either thermo-adhesive or self-adhesive.
The company offers this material as a reinforcement for both footwear and leather goods. One of the main characteristics of this material is its ability to give structure to soft materials according to their elasticity: the material to which STARTEX is bonded, therefore, does not lose its characteristics as a result of the coupling but can be used to make shoe or bag components that need to maintain their shape over time.
When bonded, the material delivered good performances both in the cutting phase and trimming phase. The materials were bonded with a hot press, showing good results both with leather and fabric. Once the materials were bonded together, it was possible to strip, fold and sew them without any difficulty. The use of the bag also included dyeing the edge without any obvious problems after drying.
In the following videos, you can follow our technicians as they perform the various tests:
- bag quadrant in calfskin
- leather document holder
- sandal straps in thin suede with goat lining
- upper in sequins and satin
- sneaker upper in white fabric
For more information, visit the “interlinings” section of the APC website