New Hampshire Patent of the Month – November 2021

The textile community enjoys knitted materials as they provide both a great aesthetic and a durable stretch. The knitted item can usually stretch and rebound quite well, especially when the yarn is combined with elastic materials. However, when these knitted items are stitched together they are more likely to fray, rip, and suffer. The stitching is stiff, meant to hold the fabric in place – a direct opposite of the stretchable nature of the knitted material. Yogibo, LLC has designed a knitted, quilted, stretchable fabric that has better structural stability – even when stitched.

Yogibo began in 2009 when the owner decided to reinvent the bean bag. Their journey actually started as they wanted to make pregnancy more comfortable. This journey has led them on a long path of exploring textiles, shapes, and stretch to achieve the optimal comfort. 

During this journey, they developed this novel quilted, stretchable fabric (QSF). The fabric has multiple layers, combining a stretch fabric with a stretch-resistant fabric. The stretchy, outer layer is made of a knitted material while the inner layer is a polyester or nylon blend. These two layers are enclosed with stitching – either yarn or thread – to securely combine them. The stitching is done in a discontinuous manner, passing through the fabric in short, single lengths. This pattern allows the stretchy fabric and stretch-resistant fabric to complement each other, providing both stretch and structural stability.

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