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Friday, July 12, 2013

Curtains!



Since coming back from my sewing lull, my brain has been brimming with new ideas and projects to start.  One of those ideas is to make curtains for several rooms, but specifically for my guest bedroom.  This room used to be an office, and had sheer curtains, but now that it will be used as a guest bedroom, it needs more privacy.  I bought some outdoor fabric that I think will work great as curtains.  It is the same thickness as my dining room curtains - it lets the light through, but you can't see through it.

I wanted something that would fun, interesting, and gender neutral.  I will have to keep the bedding calm and plain (maybe solid?) to avoid overwhelming the tiny room.

Blind Hem Stitch by Machine

When I had the demo for the new sewing machine, one of the things she showed me was the blind hem stitch.  I've actually had several demos for machines and they almost always showed off the blind hem stitch.  I remember thinking, "hey, why are you showing me this stitch - I have that on my old machine!"  They really didn't spend as much time showing off the fancy stitches.  But the interesting thing is, that even though my old machine had this stitch, I didn't really know how to use it. The fact that they use this stitch in every sewing demonstration shows that many people like this feature, even though they don't use it.

I realized as I was holding the curtain fabric on my lap, that these curtains would give me a great chance to try out the blind hem stitch.  I had to look up some youtube videos for blind hem stitch, so I would remember how to use it. Another video showed that you could fold the fabric down as usual and pin it, then stitch it down.  The trick is in knowing how to fold the fabric and this one shows the fold more clearly.



The curtains aren't finished - I got distracted by another idea, okay maybe more than one.  I will show the finished curtains to you when they are done.

1 comment:

Michele Bilyeu said...

Fabulous fabric! I know several people with small bedrooms who have decorator/unusual fabric curtains and boy it really does make the room. Have fun. And about the blind stitch. I've used it a lot most of my sewing life but every single time I need to..I forget how..which way it tucks, overlaps etc. Being spatially and directionally challenged it's perfect for confusing me. But once my memory finally clicks it makes such a perfectly finished hem, so it's always work it!