Hi, thanks for the great tutorial. I’m at the stage where I need to sew the pleats in through the buckram. I used fusible buckram as demonstrated in your video but my sewing machine can’t make it through this. It’s a decent machine and I’m wondering if the fusible, ie gluey nature of the buckram is the problem? I’m not sure what to do now as and am a bit stuck!
The fusible buckram shouldn’t be a problem as it is designed to be machine stitched. I would suggest it is the the machine. Are you making lined or interlined? Simple lined hand pleated shouldn’t pose too many problems for your sewing machine, however, interlined can be more problematic. Make sure you change your needle to a heavy duty one, otherwise they will keep on breaking.
Try lifting your pressure foot on the machine a little higher to get the pleat under and give it another go. Failing that, I am sorry to say that they will have to be hand stitched.
Good luck. Cindy
I am making full length curtains with an eyelet heading . The eyelets are being sent away to a company to be inserted .The curtains are interlined would you machine sew in the buckram into the heading as then the interlining and lining follow from the heading .
I always try to minimise the amount of machine stitching on the face fabric of any curtains so I would not personally machine stitch in the buckram. I would use eyelet buckram and enclose it in the face fabric (as in the lined hand pleated tutorial). You would need to allow the depth of buckram plus 5 cm for this as your header allowance and this is folded over the eyelet buckram on the back of the curtain and the 5cm is tucked up and under. This fold is then hand stitched in place so no visible stitching to front.
If you have not allowed enough fabric for this in the make up, then this is what you could do. Put the buckram in place as you wish and fold the face fabric over the top. Slip stitch the lining approx 0.5 cm down from the top on the back of the curtain. Then use strong thread and run 3 parallel lines of tacking stitches couple of cm apart horizontally along the buckram to temporarily hold it in place. Once the eyelet are in, this stitching can be removed. I have never done it like this I hasten to add but just trying to think how best to do it if you don’t have enough fabric to encase the buckram.
Hope this helps. Cindy
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?
Hi there, when I try to sew the buckram the thread is loping on the underside. I have tested on a piece of other fabric and it is sewing as normal, what can I do? I have tried all sorts. Thank you
Im sorry we don't understand what you mean.
Why non-fusible buckram? Could I use fusible?
We use non fusible because we do not need to fuse the buckram. You can
sew in fusible buckram instead if you like. It will be messy and
difficult to herringbone stitch through though if you fuse it.
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.