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How do I place drapery pleats around a seam.
chefdecuisine
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Date: 2/1/13 5:51 PM

I am making pinch pleated drapes that are two panels wide so there is a seam right down the middle. There is an odd number of rings (for hooks) on my curtain rod, and I know that an odd number of pleats would look best. However, the middle pleat will end up on the seam and make it stick out. I like to place a pleat just beside the seam, so it's tucked in almost behind it. Does anyone have any tricks to solve this problem, or do I need to remove one ring? I don't like to reduce my number of pleats. Thank you for your help.

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Date: 2/1/13 6:31 PM

You could trim about 2" off the return edge of each panel. This should bring the center near a pleat if you do an even number of pleats.

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Date: 2/17/13 9:38 AM

Quote: chefdecuisine
I know that an odd number of pleats would look best. ..

Take a visit to a few stores/places with draperies or look through some home dec websites or catalogs - hopefully there will be some drapes with wide panels similar to yours.

The "star of the show" when making drapes is the fabric - not the number of pleats - or if there is an odd or even number of them.

You are correct to want to place the seam in an unobtrusive manner. Make that your guide.

The number of pleats being odd or even is a "supporting role" to the fabric - so move the seam to the side of a pleat and enjoy your beautiful drapes.



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Date: 2/17/13 9:41 AM




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Date: 2/17/13 11:41 AM

You can move the center seam over just slightly so the seam falls where it needs to so you can pleat it properly and the seam will still be hidden. You won't lose any pleats either.

If you don't have quite enough material to do this you can "cheat" the side seams. Usually they are something like an inch and folded over (two inches in total) before it is sewn down. No one will notice if you only use 3/4 for this instead. With some fabrics, you can just nicely finsh the seams and not bother with the fold over and the drape of the finished panel will not be affected.

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Date: 2/19/13 10:00 PM

Keep your spaces a consistent size, but tweak the amount of fabric in each pleat. You just have to cheat. Once the pleats are folded in, you can't tell they are a little different in size. You are right to want to hide the seam in a pleat!

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Date: 2/20/13 9:18 AM

I agree....cheat. No doubt the pros do it all the time.

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Date: 3/6/13 7:45 PM

I have a window treatment business and "cheating" is the answer! I do it all the time. For example say your spaces are 5 inches and your pleat is 4 inches and your seam is at inch 2 of the 4 inch pleat. So now I cheat and take .5 inches from the 4 pleat spaces before that. That will make your seam fall exactly at the beginning of the pleat. You can also add.5 inches to the pleats themselves before that as well; either way it moves your pleat mark over 2 inches and makes your seam fall at the beginning of the pleat. You don't notice it all, closed or open!

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