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Date: 11/16/11 10:51 AM

Hi...my names is Paula and I did quit sewing for about 9 months because I became so discussed on the things that I failed at. Anyway, thanks to the support and encouragement from the great people on this website, and some inspirational quote from Kenneth King (which I can't remember right now, I am RETURNING TO FIGHT!!!!!LOL
I am attempting to make London Blinds (lined). There is so much information out there...and do you know what...every one's info is different. This is what hangs-me-up. Does anyone else have that issue? Again, it's good to be here again! pieraci2

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Date: 11/16/11 7:44 PM

That's the thing about sewing.....there are many ways to get to the same end result. Experience helps you choose which advice to listen to. A lot of times there isn't a right or wrong technique.

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Date: 11/17/11 11:55 AM

I don't even know what a London blind is, but if you're going to the trouble of making a lined shade, Joann's has Warm Window batting (lining?) on sale for 50% off, and if you send them a text, you'll get another 20% off coupon on top of that, so it comes out to about $12 per yard. You do need to do something to seal it to the window- we're putting steel strips on our window frames and magnetic tape on the drapes.

That being said, the stuff is huge and heavy so it's a real pain to deal with.

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Date: 11/17/11 10:34 PM

A London Blind is a kind of a droopy
shade. I think the best instructions are in the home dec books by Creative Publishing. (also used to be Singer) Lots of color photos and step by step instuctions. Personally I have better luck sewing the rings on individually vs ring tape. I use my sewing machine, and the same stitch as sewing on a button.

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Date: 12/13/11 5:51 AM

O.K....I'm still making my london blinds. The particular instructions I am using tell me to insert a "lath" or "dowl" at the bottom of the blind right under the last ring. HOW COULD THIS BE? How will the blind then swag?
My initial problem was which instructions to use as there are so many out there; once I decided on the instructions, I am running into more problems. Can anyone explain what the instructions are trying to tell me? The dowel is stiff and straight...and so...how can the bottom of the blind swag correctly?????HELP????

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Date: 12/13/11 7:12 AM

Assuming that a London blind is some sort of roman shade, I can tell you that I always use drapery weights whether individual or the long flexible tubes. You do want to weight your shade so that it will fall straight and flat when you lower it. Most instructions for these type of shades require something called a weight rod, but I found that it reduced the flexibility of the shade. I have a roman shade of one sort or another on every window in my house; I think over the years I have made about thirty of them. I also sew each ring on individually since I dislike the tape. I sometimes put a layer of batting in my shades and quilt them for greater insulation. I like to sew horizontal tucks in the fabric for visual interest and I have come to prefer white over any other color or print.

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Date: 12/13/11 8:09 AM

I think your shades are like the shades I made for my daughter years ago. The rod in the pocket at the bottom of the shade keeps the shade straight at the bottom when it's fully lowered to cover the window. When you raise the shade/blind the poofy part of the shade drapes over the rod. The rod is there for stability - it keeps the whole shade neat when raised. There are a couple of pictures at http://www.make-roman-shades.com/?gclid=CIP89-uO_6wCFScRNAodTzGKRw#styles and instructions too. Even though the look is soft, it needs some structure to keep it looking good.

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Date: 12/15/11 6:36 PM

When I make london shades, I tie a steel rod to the bottom rings when I'm "stringing the shades up." Cover the rod itself with a tube of lining or something, but you can't insert the rod into a casing in the london shade because you have pleats. The rod holds your pleats at the correct spacing, as well as keeping the shade level for raising and lowering.

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