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Thread: saggy wallhanging

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    I used to work for JCP Custom Decorating and we always figured a 1/2" takeup when figuring rod pockets. When I make a wallhanging, I make a sleeve, using the backing fabric 8-9" wide and the width of the wallhanging (less 1-2" - by the time you do a double fold 1/4" hem edge, it's the perfect size), stitched into the binding. I press a fold line into the sleeve, about 1" difference between the edges, that gives you about 1/2" takeup, so that the rod doesn't make a lump in your quilt. Then I hand stitch the folded edge down. When I first started, I used loops of fabric and the wallhangings sagged. Those loops were stitched into the binding. I found a quick fix that really works well for that. I dissolved some WSS (water soluble stabilizer) in water and sprayed it on the wallhanging, front and back. Let it lay on my cutting table until it was dry. No more sagging and no residue. I have the WSS, because I do FSL embroidery.

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    May be you just need to tack the pocket to the WH. It may be a little lower than it should be or too large for the rod and tacking it to the WH will keep the front from sagging forward. I'm sure Dad still loves it since you made it for him.
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    I put my pocket strip on the back, just under the binding, and I make two of the pocket strips so there's an opening in the center (I leave about 1 inch between the strips at the center) and sew them on like regular hanging strips. But this way I can hang the wall hanging from just a single hook on the wall and don't have to mess around with other rods and finishes for the ends of the dowel since nothing shows on the front.

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    How well was the wallhanging quilted? (how dense was the stitching).

    If you only outlined a few places, or used SID...the wallhanging may not have had enough quilting to support the hanging rod. Get some shower curtain clips (the kind you pinch to open)...and clip one every 4-6" across the top of the wallhanging's top edge ...slide a dowell into the rings of the clips...and hang it that way.

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    I made my first wall hangings and I really didn't have a clue to what I was doing. I put a pocket rod on the back and a dowel in it, but the top of the wall hanging is too droopy. I gave it to my dad for Father's Dad and I was appalled that it looked so bad when I saw it at his house yesterday!!!
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    If it droops take it and sew a running stitch at the top of the pocket. about 1/2" or so if you have to do it by hand.
    Good luck.

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    I cut a 4" or 6" square, fold it corner to corner, then pin it into the backside of the quilt at the top of my wallhanging with the raw edges placed at the edge of the quilt in each corner - Left and Right at the top. Stitch it in place, then add your binding. Purchase a piece of dowelling that will fit from left to right corners, and hang it up. This works really well, much better than a sleeve, if the quilt or wallhanging is not toooooo large. Best of Luck..
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    I have seen directions on the web about putting triangles in each corner so a rod can be put in the top and bottom of the quilt which might make it hang better -- I have a wall hanging at our beach house that uses two safety pins for hangers - one on each of the top corners - with the little circle part of the safety pin at the top - and staight pins in the wall to hang the safety pins on - it stays in place pretty well unless there is some rough housing going on and someone bumps into it - lol

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    I use the white cafe curtain rings sewn at even spaces on the back of the quilt and then use the push pins that have a "head" to hang the quilt. If you put the rings just below the top of the quilt they hang straight and no big holes in the wall. the rings won't show that way.
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