Last year, I signed up for the Sewing Custom Curtains and Draperies* class at Craftsy. Even if you’ve been making window treatments for a long time, there’s always something new you can learn.
Susan Woodcock, the class instructor, is very neat with her sewing, is very organized, and is calming in her delivery. I enjoy listening to the class lessons as I sew. Susan’s calm manner is therapeutic, and she demonstrates a few techniques that were new to me.
While I can’t tell you all her secrets ;-), I think it’s OK to tell you this little tidbit. Susan shared a neat trick of attaching buckram to a drapery header without sewing.
I tried it for the first time while making the 5″ Drapery Pleats for Tall Ceilings, and it made things hold together so nicely while pinning the pleats.
Here’s the trick: iron fusible hem tape between the buckram and header fold.
Repeat for the second header fold.
The buckram stays intact as you shape the panels and pin the pleats for stitching.
The buckram is always secured after stitching the pleats, but the hem tape is a quick step for extra security while you work.
I highly recommend taking Susan’s Custom Drapery Sewing class*. She gives all the information you need, from measuring and figuring yardage to hanging and “dressing” your draperies.
What do you think about Susan’s trick? Do you think you’d like to try it? Or, have you been using this technique already?
I’m sharing at Metamorphosis Monday.
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