How to Sew Curtains

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Sewing curtains is one of the easiest projects to do on a sewing machine, as it only requires sewing straight French seams around all four sides of the fabric. Sew a wider hem at the bottom of a set of curtains with instructions from a sewing craftsman in this free video on sewing.

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Hi, my name is Sam Lewis from and I'm here to talk to you about sewing curtains. The first thing to remember about sewing curtains is it's the easiest thing you can possible do on a sewing machine. Now, rather than set up a whole set of curtains, I'm going to show you the basic stitches and procedures we use and you can extract like to your own material. First thing you want to worry about is the size of your curtains. And what we're going to do with that is what's called a French seam. You're going to take all along the edge of your fabric, fold it over once and iron it, between a quarter and three eighths of an inch is usually a good amount. Once you've ironed that flip it again, trapping the rough edge inside, start sewing, sew back about a quarter of an inch to lock the thread, come down to the edge, back stitch, lock your thread. Once you have both sides of each piece done, then move to the bottom. And what you want to do for the bottom is again, fold once and iron. You'll probably do a little bit wider hem. In this case you want between a half and five eighths of an inch. Fold it a second time, iron it so there's another French seam like you did on the side, pin your corner, both front corners so that you're lined up correctly. And on this one you're going to want to sew, because you have a thicker seam, you're going to want to sew a quarter of an inch or so inside, start your sewing, once you've caught your thread, pull your pin out, continue, back stitch to lock it. Now on most sewing machines a quarter of an inch actually lines up pretty neatly with the edge of your presser foot. So keep the edge of your presser foot and the edge of your fabric lined up as you sew. Now in this case we're just letting the second edge go. But you'll follow the same procedure in reverse on the front. Now, for the top rather than simply folding it over, You're going to want to make a channel. Now if you're using one of the standard metal curtain rods, telescoping curtain rods, then an inch and a half to two inches is a pretty good length which gives you here. Press your seam, pin your edges. This is most important in terms of making it come out looking right. So you pin your edges and as you sew it's going to come out neat at the edge. Edge sew that seam something in the vicinity of an eighth to a sixteenth of an inch from the edge of the fabric. And hold your fabric taut so it doesn't move side to side as you go. And it's not a bad idea to pin it. And you reach the end, pull your pin out, make sure the fabrics are lined up, finish your line of sewing, reverse, lock your stitch and you have a curtain.


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