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Date: 12/27/12 4:44 PM

Does anyone know if I can get away with washing curtains with buckram in the top? I think it may soften a bit which would be OK. I dont want it completly floppy though. I thought on cold or warm gentle, woolight or even hand wash in tub and towel dry and iron?
I want to put a bit in the header (~ 3 inches tall) pinch pleats but also need to be able to wash them.

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Date: 12/27/12 6:54 PM

I made draperies last year and also wanted them to be washable. I used nonwoven Hovotex. The type I bought is advertised as washable and dry cleanable. I made a small sample curtain and washed it and it was fine. You can find it online, although I was lucky enough to find it at a local fabric store.

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Date: 12/28/12 4:56 AM

Thanks!

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Date: 12/29/12 4:44 PM

The make pleating tape that's machine washable. It has strings you pull up to make pleats, and you let them out so the curtains lay flat when washing.

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Date: 12/29/12 5:13 PM

What kind of buckram is it? True buckram is stiffened with a glue-like paste, which you absolutely don't want to get wet. (To be honest, this is the first time I've heard of using buckram in drapery headers, so I could be way off base. But the buckram we use for hats & stiffening bodices in historical gowns is most decidedly non-wettable. One reason we look for alternatives! :))

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