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Message Board > Home Dec. Sewing > blind hemming drapes with double napped interlinning ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 12/8/12 9:21 AM

I'm trying to use my janome sm5030 to blindhem my drapes that I am making with home dec outter, double napped flannel interlining and a 1/2 and 1/2 poly cotton blending drapery lining. I tested the blindhem on just the home dec fabric and it works perfectly but when I add the interlining and drapery lining the blindhem stitch isn't going all the way to the home dec fabric. I tried to elongate the stitch and it seems that it's not switching. I meausred both and they looked like they were both 5mm. Does this mean that if I want it to be wider to catch all layers I will need a larger stitch on my machine? possibly a 7mm or 9mm machine?

I guess i will have to do it by hand :/

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Date: 12/8/12 12:37 PM

Do you NEED it to go all the way to the main fabric? If the interlining is sturdy enough to support the hem, isn't it better that you just let it since that makes the hem look nicer anyway?

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Date: 12/8/12 1:53 PM

I shortened some really tall custom drapes for my daughter and there were 3 hems-the lining and the flannel had machine stitched hems and I blindstitched the outer. The lining was say 1 inch shorter than the drapery fabric and had a double turned machine stitched hem and weights. I think the flannel was just a regular double folded 5/8 and hung loose between. The drapery fabric was double folded 4 inch hem that I blindstitched. I was putting these back as they were originally so thought I would share. I have never interlined drapes as these were but the ones I have sewed usually the directions said to hem the lining and the outer fabric independently. I'm not an expert on home dec. I really did like using the blindstitch on the fabric part or I'd still be hand hemming those draperies for my daughter. I never have been a huge fan of the blindstitch but the drapes turned out really nice and it saved a lot of time.

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Date: 12/8/12 2:15 PM

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Do you NEED it to go all the way to the main fabric? If the interlining is sturdy enough to support the hem, isn't it better that you just let it since that makes the hem look nicer anyway?

i just thought it was supposed to go all the way through. I used a blind hem stitch for all the assembly though as well (sides top and bottom) it looked great from the front and back. I'm just worried if I every wash them it might cause fraying to the hem on the inside (maybe I should serge the edges?)

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Date: 12/26/12 2:58 PM

Unless your drapes are getting and extreme amount of use (opening and closing them multiple times a day) you shouldn't need to serge the hem edges. I sew for a custom workroom and we never serge the side hems. For the blindhemming, if we are doing it by machine we don't try to catch the face fabric, if we are doing it by hand (usually for finer fabrics) then we catch the face fabric every 24" or so. The side hems are double 1 1/2", it's more than enough to keep the most ravelly fabric contained. Only wash your drapes if you have pre-washed the fabric before making them, otherwise dry cleaning is the best.

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Date: 12/29/12 11:11 PM

Thanks so much! Great info

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