Thank you so much for these videos and tutorials. They are going to be a huge help. I am planning on making interlined curtains but with heading tape instead of buckram as I am not confident that both my sewing machine would manage and I would keep them straight and even enough. What stitch should I use to attach the heading tape? Would a slip stitch do? Do I have to try and catch the face fabric or can I just sew it to the lining and interlining? Thanks for helping.
We machine stitch heading tape in place.
I am making 3 width curtains with heavy velour and medium weight interlining. I'm about to add the buckram but now wondering if I should make them 0.5/1cm shorter than the curtain length to allow for some drop due to the weight of the curtain? I'm worrying that they may drag when finished. Fantastic tutorials. Thank you.
We don't do that.
Hi, I want to make pinch pleat curtains, I see you can now get heading tape with two or three pleats in place then you can buy the hooks to put in to form the pleats. Would the curtains look as nice made like this?
When sewing in the buckram across multiple widths of curtain do you work a stage at a time across all widths or complete several processes on one width before moving the curtain across the table?
Do you have to make interlined curtains wth hand pleats? Does heading tape not work with the extra bulk?
Yes you can make interlined curtains with heading tape (and we do). We
just haven't made a tutorial yet . The lighter the interlining the
easier it is to pull the heading tape into pleats.
What stiffness of buckram would you recommend? Merrick and Day have light, firm and extra firm - could you advise which of these is most suitable? Many thanks!
Not Extra Firm (very hard to hand stitch through and you will need a
strong sewing machine) we genrally use a medium stiffness buckram.
Could you ever place the buckram between the fabric and the interlining - rather than between interlining and lining- to form crisper pleats?
You probably could but it is not something we have done. We think it
might look odd and it is better keeping the form of the fabric from top
to bottom. Using a thinner interlining might be a solution to consider.