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Posted on: 1/26/06 11:46 AM
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Learn 5 critical tips to sewing sheer window treatments.
When sewing sheer window treatments (and unlined window treatments)... it's easy to be stumped on how to handle sheer fabric and unlined treatments.

Well, I'm going to give you 5 critical tips to help you be successful at sewing window treatments PLUS have them look more professional!

So, here we go...

Tip #1. Sew a 3" double hem for your bottom hem. Yes, you still want a nice fat hem for your drapery, even if you're sewing a sheer. Anything less will look store bought. And in case you don't know what a double hem is... it's the edge folded twice. So, fold up once... press.... then fold up again... press and stitch in place.

Tip #2. Use long straight stitches. This is true for all drapery and especially true when working with a sheer. Set the stitch length to the longest setting on your machine and make sure your tension isn't tight. When you don't have the thickness of lining, it's easy to have your sewing machine set too tight.... causing synching.

Tip #3. If you plan on using any sort of tape... roman shade tape, pleating tape, rib tape, etc... use translucent tape. This is tape designed for sheer treatments. It's see through (translucent) and makes it less obvious on a sheer treatment.

Tip #4. Use french seams when piecing your fabric. If you are sewing wide panels that require pieceing the fabric, you should sew french seams instead of normal seams. French seams enclose the raw edges inside itself leaving a clean finish. Click here to learn how to sew a french seam.

Tip #5. Add a weight rod or drapery weights to give your window treatment some shape. Sheer window treatments tend to be light and may not hang exactly the way you expect. To help give your draperies some shape and control, sew a drapery weight into the bottom corners of your hem. And for a roman shade, make sure you add a weight rod into the bottom hem. Nothing too heavy though, you don't want to stretch the fabric.

Using these tips when sewing sheer window treatments will add to your success.

Happy Sewing!

Jennifer Thoden

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knot8gn said...
perfect timing; this very info is why I became a member today
1/26/06 1:26 PM
PhyllisC said...
The tips are okay, but nothing special, and the self-promoting plug for your own web site is a sleezy way to do an ad on Pattern Review without paying for it. Shame on you.
1/28/06 9:38 PM
GorgeousFabrics said...
Oh come on, if you want to advertise, cough up the money and take out an ad like REAL vendors!
1/29/06 9:19 AM
solosmocker said...
There is more than one way to skin a cat but I appreciate your efforts. When I did design, the workrooms I used all used 3 inch double fold hems on the bottom and two inch double fold hems on the sides. Practice stitching should be done before doing the french seam as tension is critical. I have seen this get a tight pulled look when a practice seam was not done. For drapery weights I personally prefer the lead fabric covered cord for long simple sheers. It gives a nice sweep to the drape when it is opened or closed and is barely visible. Square corner weights are fine for other fabrics but I don't think them appropriate for sheers, JMHO.
2/13/06 3:23 PM
solosmocker said...
There is more than one way to skin a cat but I appreciate your efforts. When I did design, the workrooms I used all used 4 inch double fold hems on the bottom and two inch double fold hems on the sides. Practice stitching should be done before doing the french seam as tension is critical. I have seen this get a tight pulled look when a practice seam was not done. For drapery weights I personally prefer the lead fabric covered cord for long simple sheers. It gives a nice sweep to the drape when it is opened or closed and is barely visible. Square corner weights are fine for other fabrics but I don't think them appropriate for sheers, JMHO.
2/13/06 3:24 PM
solosmocker said...
Had a brain cramp! The last post was corrected to say 4 inch hems. Tension and stitch length are critical on sheers so I think a lot of practice is advised before plunging into the actual treatment.
2/13/06 3:26 PM
seamssew said...
there is a comment about click here to learn how to sew a french seam. Where is the link?
2/27/06 12:24 PM
 
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