How to Shorten Curtains

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Shortening curtains is something that you can easily do to help them fit better into the space you have. Shorten curtains with help from an experienced designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Barbara from Yes Spaces, and today we're gonna talk about how to shorten curtains. I'll be honest and say that if you have a full length window today, you want your curtains to go to the floor. You do not want short length curtains. But there are occasions when curtains are above countertops, or possibly in a playroom where there's a lot of action and you don't want them to get pulled or tumbled on, that you are gonna want to shorten them, and then chances are, they're not gonna have the exact right length at the store for you. So all we're gonna do is put a simple hem into this. You can go into the notions aisle at the sewing store and get the tape that you put down and iron in, but if you're really gonna be operating these curtains and opening and closing them regularly, that's not gonna last. So I'm just gonna show you how to put in a simple hem. The curtain that you buy at the store is gonna already have a hem in it. We're not gonna even deal with cutting that off. We're just gonna fold it beyond that so that it's on the backside and out of sight. And the best way is to the take that and fold it again. So we have three folds, and we're pinning it. So we have half an inch, three-quarters of an inch exposed. So we're just gonna let this go across and do it's thing. It's gonna sew and about every fifth stitch it's gonna come across and hit the main part of the curtain. Like I said, you could do this with a zig-zag if you don't have this feature on your machine, just set it for a really long stitch then so that you're not hitting very often. So see it's mostly sewn on our extra edge, and it just goes across occasionally to catch it, and when you flip it to the right side, those are gonna be invisible when your thread matches the curtain. So our extra edge here has most of the stitching is just come across about every half an inch to catch the main part of the curtain so that when you flip it over, those stitches will be invisible if you've matched your thread to the curtain, and you can have a curtain that's custom at any length.

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