- posted 10 years ago
I'm renovating a house in England and have got to the point where I need
Long story short: I never imaging buying curtains could be so much grief -
no ready made websites I can find have parametric searching, ie "show me all
the curtains that are of the following size".
Made-to-measure curtains seem amazingly expensive - it's against my religion
to spend more than 100 pounds on a room's worth.
So I have considered making some myself (it's logical, I'm doing a lot of
other work myself). I used to be pretty good with my Mum's old Singer sewing
machine but that's a bit past it now.
So first question:
What is a good make of machine these days? I'm more interested in reliable
smooth sewing than a computer that can do 2500 different stitches. In fact I
regard the computer element as a liability - they usually die long before
the mechanics give out.
I've only turned up curtains before. If making lined pencil pleat ones, does
1) Hem the material and sew, hem the lining and sew then sew both together
2) Hem both with pins temporarily and sew the lot together in one operation
Does the lining go right to the top, ie under the pencil pleat tape?
Assuming cotton, or a high % cotton mix, if I prewash the material first,
would I expect that to cause most of the shrinkage the curtains will ever
see? In other words, could I expect them not to shrink much further after
that with occasional wet washing?
Sorry - lot of newbie questions...