These tutorials have been VERY helpful. I"ve made curtains for years but have always missed the finishing touches and tips. Thank you.
I've subscribed because I wanted to make triple pleated curtains and didn't know how to do so.
However I would like to suggest that when one only has a limited table, like a dining table as I have, then the order needs to be different. Instead of making the hem and finishing with the top - the top should be inserted and then finished with the hem... the other way around.
I followed your instructions measuring and completing the hem, but then I didn't have enough to finish the top - somehow the fabric had slipped or whatever because of not being able to lay it all out at one time. So I had to redo the hem - very frustrating!
I now begin with putting in the Buckram along the top and then work down from there, this allows me to make the length adjustments with the hem, where there is more fabric.
If your fabric is cut to the correct length at the start we can't see how your problem would arise. There should be enough fabric after the hem is made (if made correctly). We cant see where any fabric would slip to.
Yes, you are correct... In theory and when one has a large enough worktop. The method you describe makes absolute sense. However in practise, when one has to work on a limited table, unfortunately the fabric does slip and so I now begin with forming the top buckram and working my way to the hem. Not as elegant, I agree, but it means I don't have problems.
Your instructions about how to make the pleats, are perfect. My finished product has been much admired - ALL due to you!
What sewing thread do you use and do you special needles and where can you buy them
We use various brands of thread (quite often Guterman), we tend to focus
more on the colour match rather than brand or type of thread.
Regarding needles we like to use a long needle and usually use a size 5 Long darner. (we get these wholesale but you should be able to find them on google)
You trimmed some from the length when cutting the fabric panels but at what point do you trim to the correct finished length?
In STEP 8 when you prepare the top of the curtain you measure up from
the completed Hem the finished length of the curtain then fold the
fabric over as you form the heading with buckram. You trim away any
excess fabric then.