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Date: 11/11/12 6:20 PM

Hello all I just bought 10 yards of Duck fabric to make my bed room curtains out of.
We wanted something to block out light but also needed something that would stand up a little better to our cats claws so we picked the heavy duck cloth you can get at JoAnns. We had to order a whole bolt as they didn't have enough on the one they had.
I have to do a sliding glass door and a 25 wide by 72 long window too.
I plan on washing it to shrink it before starting to sew with it.
So I have a few questions that I am hoping that maybe some of you guys that have worked with Duck cloth before might be able to help me with.

First off whats the best temp to wash at? Dry on?
I will probably wash it at least several times a year but plan to wash and dry on what ever I use for orginal wash before sewing.

Also whats the best type of thread to sew it with?
I saw one place said upholstery thread.
I told hubby when we left Joanns that I might need to sew it with coat, upholstery or some sort of thicker thread . So what do you guys think?

I might have to add buttons for closure on curtains depending on what type of curtain rod I can get for sliding door.
The curtain rod I have in the living room is made to where I had to make my curtain in 3 panels so they come open a lot with the cats going in and out of them.
I was going to put buttons or some sort of closure type something on them but I plan to replace them too so haven't bothered.
Any ideas for closure method here??

I also read that Duck cloth unravels easily and a lot so whats the best way to cut and sew it to help prevent problems with this.

Do you think I should line the back side some cotton board cloth or something? Or would it hold up just as well with out any backing?

And just anything else that you guys know that might be helpful advise when sewing with Duck cloth and using it for curtains.
Thanks look forward to y'alls help and advice.
smelrh

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Date: 11/11/12 10:01 PM

You've got cats, therefore you have cat dander and cat saliva (distinctive allergens--you can google this) to deal with.

Before construction, wash and dry the fabrics exactly as you would need to when dealing with allergens: Hot water and high heat.

'Duck cloth' can be anything the manufacturer wishes it to be. If you can, ask for samples.

Backing would weigh a thousand pounds when all was said and done. Install dual curtain rods, one for the backing (like blackout), and one for the 'prettier' fabric. This will give you much more versatility.

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Date: 11/17/12 6:59 PM

I use duck often to make pants for GS. It stretches! I use 90 needle, test as it may leave holes. I always W&d on high- no problems there. Red/dark colors may fade in evenly at seams. Watch your grain lines.
I wonder if it might be worth a black fusible as a lining to control the stretch and then you just have to cut & serge/sew then hem.
And it will be heavy! But should last forever.

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Date: 11/17/12 7:05 PM

Oh- use cotton or poly thread- normal or serger thread for my GS pants seams. Use jeans thread or cotton quilt thread for top stitching. Since its a stretchy-woven a large needle can get between the fibers and leave holes if the thread is too heavy. Do a test seam, wash and dry and stretch while damp or steam iron just to make sure the seam stays looking nice. I have used an 80 universal at times. You may have to hammer down corners if they get to bulky for the machine to sew across.

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