How To Make Curtains
This VideoJug guide will show you how to create your own machine-made curtains from any fabric of your own choice. Impress the neighbors with your own homemade curtains!
How to make very simple machine-made curtains. To start with, you'll need, obviously, your fabric, a good pair of scissors, thread that matches the color of the fabric and a needle. Your heading tape, in this case, we're going to use a standard gathering tape, hooks that fit the tape, I usually use brass ones, they last longer, and a little weight, which we're going to hand-stitch into the corner.
And of course, the iron, very important, the iron. So, the first thing we're going to do is, having established our measurements, we're going to machine-stitch the edge of the curtain, tucking in the salvage or the raw edge, whichever you've got, and we're going to machine it all the way down to the bottom on both sides. Once we've done that, we will press it, press the curtain.
Then we're going to machine the hem. This machine is an industrial machine. Unless you are used to industrial machines or you sew with them from time to time, I would not recommend them for ordinary domestic use.
They are dangerous and they can harm your hands without warning. So, a domestic sewing machine would probably be better for you to machine these curtains. So we're machining the edges, keeping a good tight pull on the edge from the back and the front.
And also remember to put your pins in with the head facing you, not the machine, because it's much easier to pull them out as the machine is going along. Once you've machined the edges, it could be a good idea to machine them to keep them nice and flat, you then need to machine the hem. So make sure the pattern is running the right way and make your hem.
Take the bottom of the curtain, double it under. We're now ready to machine-stitch the hem of this curtain. To actually make the corner neat and strong, it's a good idea to machine along the edge, leaving an opening if you want to put a weight in that corner.
If you don't want to put a weight in the corner, you go right down to the edge. So in this case, I'm going to go right down to the edge and not put a weight in this corner. And we'll start off right down at the edge, good idea to give it an anchor by going backwards, and then up to the top, turn it round, take the pin out, and go along the top, keeping your hands on the fabric, nice and tightly, and keeping it stretched so that the machine doesn't actually gather it in any way.
Also, it's a good idea to make sure that the tension of the machine is correct for stitching this curtain fabric. It all depends on the fabric you're using. If it's a silk, I'd use a much looser tension on the machine.
Once you've stitched the hem, it's time to press the curtain on the face side of the fabric, so that those machine lines are nice and straight and strong. And then it's time you go right up to the end, and then it's time put the heading on, or the regis tape. We now put the heading, standard tape, on, and in this case, we're using a standard gathered tape.
So, we start by pulling out the threads, knotting them so that you secure one end, so that when you pull up the curtain once you've put the tape on, you don't actually lose the threads. That's at the back, then you tuck that in there, turn it round, make sure that you cover the edge and you tuck in the threads, turn it round, and pin the end like that. All the way along the top, machine-stitch it on the outside edges and then pull it up, put the hooks in and hang the curtain.
That's how you make an ordinary machine-made curtain. .