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Sep 11

Never Give Up Your Dream: Coco Chanel; Rags to Riches Story

Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 in Sewing Machines

The woman who designed casual and comfort fashion themes; simple suits, dresses, women’s trousers, perfumes, and of course handbags.  Coco Chanel’s rags to riches story. 

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Coco Chanel was born in 1883 in Saumur.  Her mother worked in the poorhouse where Gabrielle was born, her mother died when she was only 6 years old, leaving her father with five children  who he would abandon for work  to his relative to care for them.The father then abandoned them in an orphanage of the Roman Catholic monastery of Aubazine,  where she learned the trade of a seamstress.


She spent her school holidays, she would spend with relatives, where her female relatives taught her how to sew better than what the nuns knew at the monastery. As soon as she turned 18 she left the orphanage and started to work for a local tailor.


Life Started To Change All Of A Sudden

Whilst working at this tailor shop, Gabrielle met a French playboy and millionaire, Etienne Balsan. began an affair with him, who lavished her with the beauties of the ‘rich life’ dresses, pearls and diamonds. While living with him, Chanel, began designing hats as her hobby which then became a big interest to her and started taking it more seriously. She would order thread and fabrics of different patterns from other places so that she could use it to sew and design her hats by hand, she didnt have a machine. After realising, that he wasn’t right for her she left him and took over his apartment in Paris. In 1913, Coco opened her first shop which sold fashionable raincoats and jackets. The shop then failed to succeed, and she was at the point where she was asked that she had to surrender her properties. This made Chanel more determined. Chanel met up with Balsan’s best friend, Arthur "Boy" Capel, with whom she fell in love. With his help , he offered her to the deal of opening a hat shop of her own, she was able to acquire the property and financial backing. Her hats were worn by famous Frech actresses, which helped to establish her reputation. In 1913, Chanel introduced sportswear at her new boutique in Deauville.


From there she took it  step by step with her sewing and became a multi-millionaire its  abeautiful story, i recently watched the film Coco Avant Chanel, a film about her life story and it was very amazing, it makes you feel determined to follow your dreams and never give up.


I finish with a few of Chanel’s famous quotes:

 “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”


“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” 


“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.”


“I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.” 






By Sabrina A.


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Sep 3

Tips And Basics For Successful Sewing

Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009 in Sewing Machines

  Tips to help you save time and money, to make your sewing experience more comfortable and successful.

 This information can be used for beginners and the more talented.

 From sewing hems to rolled hem sewing, you can learn it all with these sewing tips.

Here are few of tips that I would like to share with you:

1. Before discarding pants, cut off the belt loops and use to sew on the inside of children’s coats and jackets for a coat loop. No more fallen coats at school.

2. Before sewing on buttons, tape each one where it belongs with a strip of transparent tape. After the first stitches are made you can remove the tape.

3. To avoid pinholes when hemming delicate garments, mark the hemline with tailor’s chalk and use clips to hold the fold in place.

4. Prevent future errors in sewing by slipping a memo into individual patterns explaining any size alterations or changes for that item.

5. Prevent fraying by reinforcing the hems with a row of zigzag stitching in a matching or contrasting color.

6. Sew a large button on each end of the drawstring on pajamas and sweat suits. This will keep the string from disappearing.

7. Keep a spool of clear nylon thread on hand. Because it is transparent it will pick up the color of the fabric. This will also work when a bobbin runs out and the spool is almost empty; just put the clear thread on your bobbin.

8. Place a thin sheet of foam rubber under your sewing machine’s foot pedal to prevent it from sliding around when you use it on an uncarpeted surface.

9. Store a magnet in your sewing basket to attract loose pins and attach one to your  sewing machine  to hold extra needles. If you glue a small magnet to the end of a wooden yardstick you won’t have to bend over to pick up any pins that fall on the floor. 

10. Thoroughly washed and cleaned mascara brushes can be used to clean the crevices of your sewing machine.

11. When letting down a garment hem you can diminish the crease by applying white vinegar to the wrong side of the fabric 

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and steam press it.

12. Try this economical substitute for custom-cut table pads: Place a quilted mattress cover over your table top and trim with scissors for a custom fit. You’ll have a sturdy, heat-absorbent table pad to protect the finish of your table.

13. For a substitute needle threader: push the needle through a sheet of white paper,as it’s more noticeable.

14. When shopping for accessories for a recent sewing project, staple a small fabric sample to an index card and carry it with you to the stores.

15. To organize loose buttons: String them on twist ties and twist the ends together for an easy way to store them.

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Sep 3

Sewing For Kids: Sewing Space

Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2009 in Sewing Machines

When teaching your children to sew, there are things you can do with your sewing space that will make them more comfortable while they are sewing, and even better, help encourage a greater desire to sew. Give them little project to complete, let them explore their creativity. This a bit of information about sewing for kids.

Although we would all love to have our own sewing /craft room, most of us have to find a small corner in the house where we can sew. Through experience I have learned, that if you want to learn something, or more importantly you want your kids to learn something, the source needs to be readily available. Otherwise, "out of sight, out of mind".

I started very early having "centers" around the house (primarily in the areas where we "lived" the most) for my girls. Some years we even gave up furniture in an area in order to have TOOLS for learning. A Reading center, Music center, Building center, Science center… If things were out (neatly organized, of course) and readily available, there was never a question that they would be used. 

sewing tipsSewing was no different. We started sewing in the laundry room, which when everything was set up – the table and machine, we couldn’t wash our clothes. So the girls were only sewing when I set aside the time for it, and it had to be put away immediately afterwards.

When we moved to an area where it could stay out all of the time, the girls improved rapidly, as did I. Why? Because we could see it, we wanted to sew more often, and the girls didn’t have to always wait for me. **With my 3 year old, at the time, there were limitations.

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Moms, we rarely have a chunk of time where we can complete a whole project from start to finish. This set up is a huge advantage for us as well. I will see that I have 15 minutes to spare, and I can sit right down and sew several lines and then walk away!


We’ve talked about where, now let’s talk about your child’s positioning. It’s very important that your kids are comfortable while they are sewing. It is also important that they are sitting high enough to look down on the needle and their hands. If they are older this is easy. If they are young, you have two choices for those little bodies.

1. Buy a small child’s table.

PROS: this is very comfortable for your child.
CONS: if you are sharing machines, it isn’t real comfortable for you.

childrens sewing fabric2. Use a regular table.

If needed, use pillows to raise your child on the chair. For their feet, find a storage box to place the pedal on.

PROS:you can use what you already have, and it is much easier to share the machine. 

CONS: at first it may feel a little awkward if your kids are real little. When my 3 year old started sewing, she worked at a child’s table. This was because she never knew where to place the foot she wasn’t using, when she sat at the larger table. However, by age 6 she preferred being at the "big" table with us.
Whichever one you choose, just make sure they are comfortable!

3.Buy your child a childrens sewing machine  

When you know and are surey are capable to work independently. Start giving them hand sewing projects and or just any sewing projects for kids, let their creativity shine out! 

Kristi learned to sew right along with her daughters. The girls were age 3 and 6, at the time! Because it was such an enjoyable experience she wants to encourage others to pursue this endeavor.

Kristi experienced the woes of feeling very ignorant just trying to read a pattern and was discouraged from trying to teach her girls on her own. After receiving a new sewing machine from her husband for her birthday, she became bound and determined to fulfill her desire to learn to sew.  childrens sewing machines
Kristi’s plan was to learn everything before she tried to teach her kids. But as she was learning, her girls caught her enthusiasm and in amazement she watched them flourish in learning to sew right along with her. Kristi says that, "quite honestly, because we knew nothing I experienced a real freedom in my own education".

At age 8 yrs. old, her younger daughter could sew her own dresses, and her older daughter, at 11 yrs. old, had a passion for sewing, and was a better seamstress than Kristi.

What Kristi wants to do, is share her journey in sewing; to help others know (with hindsight being 20/20) that the best way to learn is by doing. She has shared with friends and family their way of learning to sew, as well as, the projects and patterns that built their skills. She has seen it not only work for others, but truly bring a delight into the sewing experience.

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Sep 2

Uses of Sewing Machines

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 in Sewing Machines

Modern needlecraft sewing machines countenance and work in a such more mechanized artefact as compared to old needlecraft machines. Learn more.

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   Machines were invented long back during the prototypal Industrial Revolution. The intention behind the invention of such machines was to decrease the instance required in sewing, as before this all the needlecraft impact was done manually.

The textile companies needed to optimize their impact and  sewing machines  were the answer. Once the prototypal sewing organisation was invented, the productivity and the efficiency of the clothing and fabric industries increased vastly.

Also, the needlecraft machines have improved greatly with their speeds increasing manifolds, variations available in stitching styles. The modern needlecraft machines look and impact in a such more mechanized way as compared to the needlecraft machines which our great grandmothers used. Instead of simple stitching, they embroider, stitch, attach buttons, do pekoe and some more activities.

The older machines utilised a single thread concern fix mechanism. The modern needlecraft organisation uses digit threads instead of one and uses what is called lock stitching mechanism. The industrialized needlecraft machines are generally specialized for one type of stitching since they requirement to be optimized.

They are fashioned in a way that the fabric is able to glide in and out easily, without some hassle of thimbles and needles. The ease reduces the effort required and saves a lot of time. The problem with the concern fix was – it was extremely weak and it was able to pulled it apart very easily. With the introduction of machines in the field, grouping started to think that a better and stronger way of stitching could now be devised which would only be doable through organisation usage.

Lock fix was the answer to their questions. In the case of lock stitch, digit assorted threads are interlocked from both the sides of the fabric. It results in a fix which can be looked as if the fabric is stitched from both ends making it such more strong and durable than the conventional concern stitch. Thomas Saint was the prototypal person to have a design for needlecraft organisation patented. His organisation was fashioned to impact on canvas and leather. A employed model of the aforementioned was never built. Other designs and patents came along in the future. Walter Hunt was the developer of lock fix technique. Other than the basic requirements in the change of loopers, needles and bobbins, the most essential movement is that of the fabric. It is necessary that the fabric moves at the required instance (generally continuously) so that the stitches are made at the right position. The change is also called as `feed`. Typical take change include: needle feed, drop feed, puller, travel foot, and manual. Generally, more than one kind of take is utilised in a single organisation to optimize the working. A household organisation will generally include only the lock fix mechanism. But the organisation can be utilised in a little assorted way (generally by moving the needle in assorted ways which is an included function in the machine); flamboyant stitches can be made possible.

The simplest form of a flamboyant fix is zigzag in which the needle just needs to perform an oscillatory change continuously as the stitching is done normally. Mechanical configuration can differ vastly in needlecraft machines. Some of the typical configurations are – chamber bed, flat bed, off the arm and post bed. All the basic take execution and fix types are available in all these configurations. However, for industrialized purposes the best doable configuration is utilised for a type of stitch. Like, blind fix always uses chamber bottom configuration. The invention of needlecraft organisation was a necessity. And its introduction greatly increased the production and quality of the textile industry.

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Sep 2

FAQ about Sewing Machines

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 in Sewing Machines

Alot of people when they first learn to sew find that they have alot of questions that they need answering. So, what i did was bring a few frequently asked questions and answers together. Hope it answers your questions.

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What are the uses of a sewing machine?

The uses of a sewing machine are stitching garments, leather, green house covers, car covers, parachute, canvas, bags etc.

What are the two types of sewing machines used?

The two types of sewing machines are household sewing machine and industrial sewing machine.

What is an Industrial sewing machine?

Industrial sewing machines are used by textile manufacturers and customers who need a faster and professional job.

What are the differences between industrial and household sewing machines?

An Industrial sewing machine is faster and performs perfect stitches. They can perform only one operation at a time. While a household sewing machine can perform a straight stitch, a zig-zag, sew on a button or make a button hole with all operations built into the machine.

Whether a sewing machine can stitch heavy weight materials such as canvas etc.?

Yes, a sewing machine can stitch heavy weight materials such as canvas by using needle feed or walking feet or a combination of both with the sewing machine.

What are the classifications of sewing machines?

Sewing machines can be classified according to its usage. Its classification includes computerized sewing machines, embroidery sewing machines etc.

What are the names of companies who are famous in the market of sewing machine?

The companies which are popular in the production of sewing machines are Singer, Pfaff, White, Brother etc.

How can a sewing machine be purchased?

A new sewing machine can be purchased anywhere once the model is finalized by the customer. But a used sewing machine is best purchased from a trusted dealer. Dealers must have showroom and demonstration facilities.

How can one ensure about the right sewing machine?

By talking and asking questions to a local dealer of sewing machines. One can also get a free demonstration from the dealer.

What are the important points to be asked to the dealer while purchasing a sewing machine?

The important points to be asked to the dealer while purchasing a sewing machine are:

Are parts readily available?

Whether the dealer provides local service?

Whether the dealer maintains the list of customers who purchase sewing machine from them?

Whether the dealer provides any guide or video tape for learning the usage of sewing machine?

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Sep 1

Tips On Sewing A Hem

Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 in Sewing Machines

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 Sewing hems is pretty simple once you got the hang of it.

Do you know how to sew a hem? Sewing hems is pretty simple, and the following instructions will teach you how to sew a neat, almost invisible, hem every time. After, you learn the basics of  hemming you will know how to hem a pair of jeans.

To start with, iron flat that area of the fabric you need to hem. Now we need to turn up and pin the hem. The easiest way to do this is on a flat surface, such as a table. Your fabric should have the wrong side facing you. I know most patterns allow for 5/8" for a hem, but I allow a little more to ensure the hem is not too bulky. Start with a small section of the fabric and turn over about 1/2cm or ". Now fold over again another 1cm or ". Pin this in place. Because I am right handed, I now move to the left about 6cm or 2" and do the same again (if you’re left handed, move to the right). Continue in this way until you have pinned the entire hem. Now check and make sure that the hem is straight, with no bulky sections or gathers. If there are, just rework that section of the fabric until it is more even. Unpin, redo your folding and re-pin. At this point, you can turn the fabric back to the right side and iron it, but this isn’t necessary unless your fabric is particularly slippery (like satin or jersey).

Next, we need to get together our sewing kit.

 The most critical thing to ensure that your hem is almost invisible is to choose the right thread for your fabric. If your fabric is very light, filmy, or delicate (such as chiffon, satin, jersey, cheesecloth, etc) then choose a very light nylon thread.

If your fabric is a medium weight (such as cotton, linen, polyester, etc) then use a regular nylon thread.

And if your fabric is thick, heavy or bulky (such as denim, canvas, polar fleece, etc) then consider using a heavier cotton thread.

Once you have decided on the best type of thread to use, you must choose the right colour. If you can get a perfect shade match, well and good. If not, go for one slightly lighter than your fabric rather than darker, as this is less likely to show.

Your needle has to match the fabric and thread. So for light filmy fabrics use a very fine needle, a regular sized needle for ordinary fabrics, and a larger more robust needle for heavier fabrics.

To see whether you have the right needle, run it through your material once without any thread in it. If the hole you create with the needle closes up or disappears by itself, you’ve got the right needle. If you can see the hole afterwards, try a smaller needle.

Now – to sew!                        

Thread your needle, and leave the short end of thread about 20cm long or 8". (Note: I never sew with the thread doubled unless I am sewing on a button). Tie a knot in the long end of t 1000 he thread.

I find it easiest to sew with the fabric on my lap (or the part to be sewn on my lap).

The fabric should be wrong side up, with the pinned hem closest to you. Pick a starting point (a side seam is usually good), and insert the needle through the body of the fabric, as close to the top of the hem as you can, and without piercing through to the right side of the fabric (that’s why I usually start on a side seam). Now pierce the needle through the top of the hem by placing the tip of the needle slightly underneath the top of the hem and bringing it up through the outer part of the hem. You can see an image here.

Now place the needle about 1cm or " to the left (or to the right for left handers) **, as close to the top of the hem as possible, and insert through several fibres of the fabric (try not to go all the way through to the other side of the fabric). Again, place the tip of the needle under the top of the hem and insert through and out to the outer part of the hem. Repeat this until you are back where you started.

** How far apart you do the stitches depends on several factors such as how robust the hem needs to be (the more wear and tear, the closer the stitches need to be), the weight of the fabric (generally lighter fabrics can have stitches farther apart than heavier fabrics) and whereabouts on the garment the hem is (if fingers or toes are likely to get caught in the hem when putting it on, the stitches should be closer together).

To finish off the hem, sew 2 stitches one on top of the other, tie a knot in your thread, and you’re done. Iron your hem (and admire)!

By: Diane Ellis

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Sep 1

Tips And Basics For Embroidery

Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 in Sewing Machines


Embroidery is like a picture that lightens up the room!embroidery thread

There are new, modern and exciting things to be done and you can think of an imaginative way of embroidery. If you can imagine it, you can embroider it! For many years, ladies have been getting together to hand-embroider any number of items, from quilts to clothes to sheets to curtains and more.  This could be done with and embroidery stitches . Many people have come up with an imaginative way of embroidery.

And this is the amazing thing about embroidery – you can get as imaginative and creative as you want. No one can tell you that your way to embroidery is wrong.You can use a traditional way or an imaginative way of embroidery.

However, hand embroidery is pretty hard unless your really talented and don’t need to use a machine. Make sure you have a embroidery kit to a fall embroidery pattern. Imagine being able to create the detail and decal that you want by being able to embroider it right onto whatever item you want. Also, keep in mind that even if you are not very good at hand-embroidery, you can also try an embroidery machine or the embroidery setting on your sewing machine. No one says that an imaginative way of embroidery has to be done by hand anymore! Get as creative as you want with an embroidery machine!

Whatever you want to have embroidered, you can embroider yourself and you can use whatever imaginative way of embroidery you want! With a little practice, your hand embroidery skills can dramatically improve. Otherwise, you can use an embroidery machine to get the results you’re looking for! By: Mel C

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Aug 31

Embroidery Tips, Machine Embroidery Thread

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 in Sewing Machines

There are many different varieties of sewing threads. Embroidery thread is adventurous and creative.

There are important considerations you have to bear in mind before creating or ordering your own, custom embroidery designs.It is easy to get yourself a hi-tech embroidery machine complete with digitized programs, but the quality of your work will depend on your own artistic instincts and knowledge of specific embroidery techniques.
embroidery threadThe Thread: 
The two main types of embroidery threads are Polyester and Rayon. Though the best looking designs are stitched with Rayon, Polyester is much sturdier than the former. This is because Rayon is very thin in comparison to other thread types, which also makes it hard to adjust tension.

The color of the thread also has to complement the colors in the embroidery design, along with the color of the fabric. Remember that threads can also appear to be of different shades of color depending upon the angle from which they are viewed. So choose accordingly. For example, less contrast between the colors of the fabric and the design can hide small flaws.


Fill-stitches form different patterns and stitch directions, and cover large areas. Too many stitches will create small gaps and too few will show through the design. So decide what type of design will be most appropriate for your Fill Stitch. Keep in mind that fabric tends to absorb small stitches, so they should be avoided.

Underlay stitches, though often overlooked, plays an important part in the final embroidery quality and design. This is because they stabilize the material held in the embroidery frame. The method in which underlay stitches are sewn into the material also paves the way for the top stitches.

Backing Materials:

The amount of stability and support provided by backing materials often determines the quality of the finished product. Backing materials like Cutaways and Tearaways should be chosen according to the type of garment or fabric used. For example, cutaway backings are ideal for knit fabrics. Tearaways can be great for those who want work quickly done because they are the easiest to use.

The Topping:

Toppings prevent fibers from getting caught in between stitches on some rough textured fabrics such as Fleece. This is made possible by sti 1000 tching the embroidery through the topping, the fabric, and the backing material. Topping such as water-soluble films, when laid over stitches-observing fabric types prevent embroidery stitches from sinking into the fabric.


The most noticeable area of the garment should be chosen as the central location of the embroidery design. However, this may be modified according to the type of garment on which the embroidery is to be applied. For example, the primary location for Short Sleeve Shirts and Long Sleeve Shirts is the Left Chest, but secondary location for Short Sleeves is more appropriate on the Left Arm; while for Long Sleeves, Center Back location looks better. 

By: George Royal

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Aug 31

The Different Types Of Sewing Threads

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 in Sewing Machines

thread tips and basicsDifferent types of sewing threads for different projects.

Selecting the right type of threads for any embroidery work is important because the color and texture of the design, and eventually the look of the final product depend on the material and type of thread used. There’s a wide variety of embroidery thread to choose from, so take your time to decide what type or combination should be best for the design you have in mind. More importantly, thread selections should be based on Sewability, Seam Performance and Appearance, Availability and Cost.


1. Rayon: This type of thread has a great sheen, and so the best looking embroidery designs are stitched with it you can also achieve this with embroidery thread. Rayon threads can range from combinations of two or more colors twisted together thereby forming a single strand, to one solid color strand. They are widely available, mostly in standard 40 wt. and 30 wt. Even though Rayon is the most popular type, it’s not very sturdy because of its thinness.

2. Polyester: Polyester thread is more durable than Rayon but it is not as attractive. However, this type of embroidery thread hardly shrinks or fades, and if combined with Rayon, the effect they provide is nearly indistinguishable. It is also cheaper than Rayon thread.

3. Cotton: Cotton thread allows for a wide range of tension adjustments because of its texture. It has a nice sheen, is quite sturdy (though finer threads above 50 wt. are not), and typically used for machine embroidery.

4. Silk: Silk embroidery thread hardly breaks and has its own unique, and probably the best sheen. Threads come in various sizes but their availability is low so they are mostly used for  luxury fabrics

5. Metallic Thread: This type of thread has a core wrapped with a metal foil which may be coated with silver alloy, and color is added to this foil with a polyester film which may also be applied as an undercoating. Metallic thread is one of the most durable available on the market.

6. Mylar Thread: Plies of film are combined into a layer, cut into slices to create Mylar threads. They are durable but may break under high-speed sewing. One unique color feature is holographic hue, which picks up and reflects light or color from other surrounding objects. This really enhances the color and design of the embroidery.

7. Special-effect: Like the name suggests, this type of thread can be used to create different design effects, such as crewel-like effect. Some of the special effect threads change colors under sunlight, or may glow in 1000 the dark.

                                                                              Quality Evaluation:

1. Tensile Strength: The tensile strength of an embroidery thread can be tested by sawing a suspended strand with another strand back and forth until the first strand breaks. The faster it breaks, the lower the strength and quality of that particular thread type.

2. Elongation: A good thread must have the right amount of stretch. Take a piece of the thread and stretch it till it breaks. The strand should neither break too quickly nor stretch for too long.

3. Sheen: The luster and quality of the sheen can be tested by studying the color and design of a finished embroidery product.

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Aug 30

Basics For Making Roman Shades

Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 in Sewing Machines

 Brighten up any room in your home with Roman shades.

 Roman shades are primarily a type of window blind or a window covering, made of fabric which folds neatly to the top when they are opened. These are the easiest and most cost effective shades. Furthermore, you can even make them at home. So if you game to know about how to make roman shades. You get ready made roman shades but if you something unique then its always best to sew your own. Start to make Roman shades by following these easy tips.

 A touch of class and a touch of antiquity. This is what could perhaps be the best description of Roman shades. They are simple, yet elegant and better still, they are cost effective!  Roman shades  basically fall into the category of window blinds. It’s just a piece of fabric hung from the top of a window casing, which is adequately wide and long enough to cover the window glass. Now to know what is the system involved in that, you will have to read on a bit further. For example how to sewing, roman for foman shades

Now that you want to know the system, I guess, you would game for knowing the while story behind  making Roman shades . So let me open the magic box for you and lets get down to checking out Roman shades. How to make roman shades, at first glance may seem confusing and cumbersome, but as the task proceeds, it will become clearer.

Making Your Own Roman Shades

The things you would need, piece of sheer fabric, shade cord, 1 eye screw per cord, small plastic rings, yard stick of wood, a small brass ring per cord and a sew-in-weight per cord and 1 cord cleat.

Thread 1:Measure your window so that you can mount your shade.

Thread 2: Now after the measurements, cut the fabric so that it allows 2 extra inches for hems on all sides. Then follow it up by adding 4 inches to both length and width measurements to go with the completed shade. Do not forget to cut the fabric on the grain by squaring the fabric.

Thread 3: Select the cords and rings and their placement. For windows wide till 24 inches, one cord on each side of the shade is perfect. Incase you want the shade to fall in two or three swags rather than 1, you might need another cord or two. Then, each cord should measure the same as the sum total of the length, breadth and width of the shade. You start off with lacing the cords from the bottom of the shade up, till the rings on the top of the shade. After that, the cord will go across the top of the shade to a side and then will hang down from the top.

Thread 4: For the top ring for each cord, a brass ring is used. Its because maximum pressure is on this ring. The rings are fitted horizontally up the shade. That will facilitate the folding of the shade horizontally when raised. This is an important step, in the how to make roman shades project.

Thread 5: Use a brass ring for every cord at the top of the shade and a plastic ring for cords at the bottom. Check the number of rings, if they are adequate enough, as you might just be required to adjust the number of cords, depending on the length of a shade. Don’t forget the sew in weights.

Thread 6: Follow this up by hemming the sides and bottom. Facing the wrong side up, lay the fabric down. Fold the fabric 2 inches on both the sides and bottom of the shade, fixing them on the spot by pins. You can also iron across the edges. Then fold the 2 inch strip of fabric in half, which tuck an inch under and iron to crease. Repeat this on the other side.

Thread 7: Now cut the 1 inch square highlighted by the creases at all bottom corners. Keep in mind that there should be no overlapping with the sides at this juncture. Fold the remaining 1 inch along the crease lines produced, when ironed.

Thread 8: Fold the corners and tuck under at each bottom corner to create a diagonal line. Pin the place. Now sew the hemming, starting from 2 inches down – from the top, one side down, through the bottom through the upper side and discontinuing, when you are 2 inches short from the top.

Thread 9: After you are done with the earlier step, mark the positions for the cord rings at the back of the shade. Now sew the rings on the shade, using brass and plastic rings for top row and plastic, as you go down. Placing the bottom row of around 1/2 inch in from the edge, sew the weights below the rings onto the bottom hem. Cut the cord into requisite pieces and tie the cords to the bottom row of the rings. Then lace each cord through the corresponding rings to the top and through the brass rings over to one side.

Thread 10: Straighten the shade to make it lie flat and tie the chords together, around an inch past the brass string. Now you are done with making the shade. Hold the shade to the window and mark on the underside of the top casing of the window from each brass ring. At each marking, screw the eye screws to make them suspend straight down. After that fix the cord cleat. Open the brass rings just about enough for slipping them over the respective eye screw. Press the brass ring close, once it slips over the eye screw. Now you can straighten the loose cord ends and tie them below the cord cleat or the required length.

There you are! We have just gone through a bit harrowing and an interesting session of how to make roman shades. So now the next time you go in for interior designing, shade your windows – Roman style!

By Medha Godbole
Published: 8/12/2009

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