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Printed offgrain?
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Date: 9/1/13 4:29 PM

I bought this wonderful musical staff fabric at IKEA to make curtains. Today, I tore it from selvedge to selvedge.

It is apparently printed off grain. This shows the left side and the right side of the same end of the torn fabric, separated by a red-handled screwdriver (it was handy when I snapped this pic).



I can never get this to hang right as curtains if I cut it offgrain, correct? I want to repurpose, throw away, or otherwise dispose of this if this is the case.

I am disappointed but willing to move on.

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Date: 9/1/13 5:47 PM

I have had the off-grain problem with Ikea fabric before. My answer: depends on how long the piece is that you wish to hang. Personally, if the piece was not very long, I would go ahead and hang it, matching the design lines, not the grain lines. Remember, since you're making home dec, it doesn't have to move as a garment would.

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Date: 9/1/13 5:50 PM

Places are not always that careful when printing some stuff and that is a great example!!!!!

I think you can still use it as curtains though probably. If you are not too picky. Since it has such a recognizable motif on it, I do think you need to cut it so those are hanging straight, or curtains are always going to look horrible and funky. But it may still hang passably O.K. Actually on curtains I most times stick a few weights in the hems of them (on the corners) anyway, just to try to get a bit of more "weighty hang" to them. But if you cut it so your motif is correct and straight, and then if it hangs kind of funky, maybe you can try putting some weights in just a few selective places on the hem, to sort of counter act that? It might be worth a try if you really love the print and about to just throw it away instead.

I actually don't even bother to use real fabric weights, I most times just make a little fabric packet and toss a few coins (like maybe quarters or nickles) in there instead. Maybe just cut your fabric and clip it to a rod, without even bothering to make the top casings or any kind of tape or pleats on there and just see what happens, sounds like at this point, you have not much to loose by trying that.
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Date: 9/1/13 6:03 PM

I have made quite a few sets of drapes over the years, and have never seen any of them that we're NOT printed on grain. These were well know brand names.

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Date: 9/1/13 7:12 PM

I like beauturbo's idea, if you're not in a hurry to get the curtains up. Pin them up and give them a few days to show their true nature.

Sympathies about that printing - I've seen some bad off-grain before but that's crazy.

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Date: 9/1/13 7:30 PM

Another Ikea bust!!! I recently had some problems with them too.

But if it were me, and I were really, really anxious, I'd pin them off grain and let them hang a few days. With all the RTW (if there is such a thing in home dec) I've seen, this problem of yours is small. I've seen curtains so bad that if I took them apart, they'd be waving, (as in The Wave) in the breeze.

I'd say anything over 3 feet might create a problem, but pin them first.

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Date: 9/1/13 9:26 PM

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I'd say anything over 3 feet might create a problem, but pin them first.

Thanks everyone for the replies and suggestions! I will pin up the fabric before I give up. And weights -- who knew? And so many brands offgrain!

The window opening is 54 inches long (4 feet 6 inches, or 137 cm). This may make the offgrain fabric too much of an issue to overcome. I will experiment and see.
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Date: 9/2/13 9:37 PM

I have discovered that the lines of the musical staff are printed wavy on the fabric, not just offgrain. The lines go up, go down, go back up.

So it's "curtains" for this fabric --in the theatrical sense of ending things, not actual curtains!

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Date: 9/2/13 9:58 PM

Will these curtains be open or closed most of the time? If mostly open, the wavy printing may just contribute to a more interesting look than almost straight across. (I don't think even perfectly straight lines will look straight across the folds of open curtains.)
May be worth hanging up somehow to see what it looks like before giving up completely.

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Date: 9/5/13 12:27 PM

Just my own personal thing, but I find this fabric far too off-grain for use, and they will not hang properly as on-grain fabric would.

Of course, you could sew them on-grain, and they'd then hang properly. But the crooked pattern will drive you crazy.

Looks like fabric for throw pillows, where being off-grain won't be a big problem. What about black on-grain fabric for the curtains, and this off-grain musical fabric for the toss pillows and recovering an old ottoman/footstool? Laminate some for a set of coasters.

Wrap bunched fabric strips around the sides 2 or 3 wicker baskets for storage containers.

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