Hello to all. I am a desperate non-sewer. I really mean non-sewer, I cannot sew a hem – they always come out crooked. But, I find myself in a big big problem and need some expert advice. I have ordered a bolt of inexpensive drapery sheer fabric (110″ wide x 3yds long @ 2.20 yd) from fabric.com, and will attempt to make panels out of them. I feel pretty good about my measurements, have allowed 2.5 fullness, etc. Further, I know that swags should hang halfway or better, two-thirds of the length of the window (72″). That’s about it.
My husband is a minister and we have rented a storefront in Houston for our inner city mission work. It is my job to decorate on a very slim shoestring. Two ladies from church have volunteered to help me, but I must first figure out how this is to be done. I decided to hang winter white sheers and somehow accent the borders of the 4 window groupings with mauve/amethyst swag type decoration since the carpet we found at a local outlet is a mauve background and dark purple pinpoints. If all else fails, I will have to buy scarves in amethyst from a local Anna’s Linen store but don’t really want to because this will be very expensive for us.
There are 4 window groups and I want to give them the same window treatment even though they have different dimensions. All windows are 96″ long. Windows 1 & 2 are 65″ wide x 96″long. Window 3 is 156″w x 96″long, and Window 4 is 96″w x 96″long. Wow!!!
My problem is I have been reading about how difficult it is to cut sheers. I know about Wright’s hem tapes although I am not sure that’s what they are called. You sew them right onto the top (3″hem) of the fabric, then pull the strings along the hem tape and cause the fabric to pucker. Question? Where does the rod go? Is there a space for it in the hem tape? Do you think this is a good idea to sew the top hem with tapes? How about the bottom hem (4″)? Can I use double sided fusible that can be ironed on instead of sewn? As you can see I am in deep trouble here!
I have thought about using spray starch to stiffen the fabric before I cut it. Is this a good idea? If not, what can I use to temporarily stiffen the fabris so that I don’t cut it zigzag instead of straight? Please help.
Needless to say, I am signing up for a sewing or upholstery class as soon as I can.
I don’t know if there is any sewing hope for me but I would appreciate your comments/suggestions. No, I cannot give up, I have gone too far for that…
Thanks and warm regards,
Ruby in Houston