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Thread: I'll never do this again!!

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    Senior Member Linda B's Avatar
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    I've been taking a little break from quilting to make new draperies for the living room and dining room. Not too much trouble with the drapery fabrics. THEN I get to the second part of the project -- making sheer curtains to go with them.

    I've spent an untold number of hours cutting 21+ yards of 106" wide sheer fabric into 8 lengths, then cutting off 36" of the width on 7 of them, not to mention cutting off the selvage edges. Now I've got to sew them up. Ugh!!

    All I can say is if these things hang anywhere near straight I'll be flabberghasted. And I will NEVER, EVER do this again. Next time, just send me to JCPenney's or Sears for ready-made!!!

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    Lowes has a great selection too :-)

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    oh my, wish you luck!

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    Hope you got that stuff cheap cause that's a lot of work for sheers. Geez, Walmart has them for next to nothing.

    Use tissue paper to hold that stuff to the machine for sewing.

    Hugs

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    I am a professional drapery seamstress and what you do with these sheers is railroad the fabric if the 106" is long enough for hems and headers. Which means....selvages go at the top and bottom. Then you just cut the width you need.

    I know this is too late but maybe someone in the future will be helped by this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Linda B
    I've been taking a little break from quilting to make new draperies for the living room and dining room. Not too much trouble with the drapery fabrics. THEN I get to the second part of the project -- making sheer curtains to go with them.

    I've spent an untold number of hours cutting 21+ yards of 106" wide sheer fabric into 8 lengths, then cutting off 36" of the width on 7 of them, not to mention cutting off the selvage edges. Now I've got to sew them up. Ugh!!

    All I can say is if these things hang anywhere near straight I'll be flabberghasted. And I will NEVER, EVER do this again. Next time, just send me to JCPenney's or Sears for ready-made!!!

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    It was actually an impulse purchase. DH and I were at JoAnn's picking up the drapery fabric we had ordered and I just happened to see this sheer fabric. It has a crinkly texture to it that I thought (think) looks nice and I had one of those wonderful 40% off coupons!! And the rest is history. As I said in another post, its OCFBD - Obsessive Compulsive Fabric Buying Disease!!

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    Oboy, if you have a serger this is the time to use it.

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    I had custom drapes made and then instead of sheer drapes we installed wooden blinds. Really easy to keep clean and open and close. I do want a serger one day. Just have too many other toys right now. LOL

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    I don't have drapes or curtains anywhere except the bedrooms. I have the honeycomb blinds in the living areas, the kind that lower from the top down. I keep the bottom half of the windows covered the top half open. I want all the daylight I can get in the house. I'd love a glass roof. LOL

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    Sending you lots of patience to get them finished .

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    Domestications.com. They have extra wide sheers for like $8.00 a pair. In a million colors. I sew all my curtains, but not sheers. Way too slippery and I have zero patience. God bless you for trying this.

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    I have Roman Shades in every room but kitchen and bathroom, it's much easier, doesn't overwhelm the room, and I don't have to change them. I'd rather be quilting. :D

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    I HATE doing home dec. projects, especially the larger ones so I buy ready-made whenever I can. I am almost finished a full-sized bed skirt because I simply could not find what I needed on-line or in the local stores. Also, I had the perfect piece of fabric in my stash, both the exact size & color I needed. I'll finish it up as soon as I can find the energy and ambition to take the mattress off ... again ... to check that everything fits as it should.

    Hope your window treatments turn out well!

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    do you let the draperies hang for a few days before you hem them? i was always told to do that-but is it the same with sheers? i hope they turn out for you. sending good thoughts your way.

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    I feel your pain!! My DD wanted me to make custom drapes for her dining room(6 windows), living room(2 oversized windows), her daughter's bedroom(2 windows), and their master bedroom(2 oversized windows), all with the black-out lining attached!! She better keep these drapes for the rest of her life,lol!!!

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    Been there, done that, not going to do it again!!

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    a "friend" referred me to her friend that was looking for someone to make curtains for her-simple rectangles w/lining. i said yes-how hard could it be? but when her fabric came in, the dye lot made it unacceptable. she picked out new stuff and it was a tapestry fabric! i had to match the large scale print and set up two big tables to lay it out. what a job! she was happy with them, but i will never ever do it again. and i told my friend to not tell people that i can sew anything. (not that i told her i could in the first place)

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