When you decide that it is time to learn how to sew lined curtains for yourself, you will find tons of videos and tutorials online that can teach you various styles and techniques on how to get them done different ways. But before you can go off and make the most creative and multi-layered set of lined curtains, you have to know the basics. This tutorial will show you how to sex lined curtains so that you understand not only how to start and finish a project, but set up the foundation for learning advanced techniques.
Determine Measurement Of The Curtain Length
The first step for you to accomplish when you decide to learn how to sew lined curtains is to measure the length that you want the curtains to be. For lined curtains, you must first determine where the curtain rod will be placed and then measure the length from that marking down to the floor. Once you have determined the length that you need the curtain to be, you must accommodate that length by adding an additional 5 inches to that length before cutting the fabric in order to ensure that you have enough fabric to create the heading and and him the raw edges of the fabric. If you forget to add the additional length, or the fabric you have is not long enough, you can still make the lines curtains. It is just that they will not touch the floor as lined curtains do.
Prepare The Hems
The second step for you to learn how to sew lined curtains is to create the hems. All of the raw edges must be hemmed in order for you to be able to protect the fabric from unraveling. This requires you to fold the fabric over twice in quarter inch increments so that’s the raw adage is secured and not left exposed. Using a are and to press down the crease of the fold will help to ensure that’s a straight line is created and remains intact when inserting pens. Once pressed, using those pens to secure the fabric in place will prevent shifting when sewing the hem permanently in place.
Insert Weights And Close Hem Permanently
In order to keep the curtains hanging straight to the ground and preventing static electricity from causing the curtains to fold upwards, you must use weights to hold the edges of the curtains down. Small circular black magnets which act as weights are usually inserted into the hems before they are sewn together permanently. If you wish not to use the weights, the curtains will still look the same but they may not hang the way lined curtains normally do.
Creating Hanging Loop/Header
the hanging Loop, sometimes referred to as the header of the lined curtains, is where the curtain rod will be inserted into the curtain in order for them to hang. This is where the extra length of the fabric will be mostly used, as you will have to fold the fabric so that there is a 5 inch long opening which is enough space to fit most curtain rods. You can choose to him the raw edge of the curtain fabric before creating the loop, or you can pin the fabric in place that way and earn the creases down before inserting the pens. Using pens to secure the fabric as one another ensures that the finished product will be as you preplanned when the pens were inserted. But if you are experience as sewing and are confident that you can adjoin the fabric together through the slot machine without any shifting, then feel free to use the pressed creases as your guide when the time comes to sew the curtain together.
Create The Pleats
Now that you have the hems completed, the hanging Loop pinned in place, and the weights intact, the only thing left to do is to create the pleats. Creating the plates is simple enough as grabbing the fabric together like a closed book in small increments across the width of the fabric in order for the fabric to hang in a bunched manner naturally. Most pleats are anywhere from one half of an inch to 2 inches apart across the width of the curtain, and are made to be very noticeable. Making the pleats more noticeable means stitching together a wider margin of fabric where as creating pleats that are highly visible require stitching together very small spaces that barely make a visual difference in the way that the curtain bunches together when it is hanged.