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Traditionally, drapery pleats are tacked by machine, or hand stitching after the pleat has been sewn vertically in the top heading.  I have developed a new method where the pleat is tacked first, to the inside with machine stitching, before the vertical seam is sewn. This works especially well for two-finger or double pleats that … Continue readings

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2016 Custom Workroom Weekend

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2016 Custom Workroom Weekend

CUSTOM WORKROOM WEEKEND Join together with others who create custom soft furnishings for a weekend of learning, inspiration and fun in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Custom Workroom Weekend is organized and presented by Susan Woodcock and Rodger Walker, owners of HomeDecGal and Custom Workroom Conference.  Click HERE to see the full Custom Workroom Weekend brochure. Custom … Continue readings

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  Custom Workroom Conference and Marketplace May 1-3, 2017 Embassy Suites Nashville SE – Murfreesboro, TN 1200 Conference Center Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 Strengthening the workroom industry through quality education & relationships with other workroom professionals. Custom Workroom Conference is presented by HomeDecGal and produced by Susan Woodcock and Rodger Walker.  Sponsored by Hanes Fabrics … Continue readings

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HomeDecGal’s Mountain Chic: Breaking the Rules

When sewing custom window treatments, there is a set of well-known, professional standards for pleated, lined draperies.  If you own a workroom then you are probably familiar with “the rules”. Rule #1: 4 inch doubled bottom hems Rule #2: Allow at least two and a half times fullness Rule #3: Spaces between pleats should be … Continue readings

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Cornice boards are usually made of wood and while they are a beautiful style and fun to construct and upholster, they can be quite heavy and difficult to install in some places.  A “soft cornice” gives the same look with much less weight and can be attached to the mount board with staples or Velcro, … Continue readings

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I am excited to share that I have joined with Kim Chagnon of Kim’s Upholstery to present a new event for sewing and upholstery enthusiasts of all levels!  If you own a custom workroom business or just love to create beautiful things for your home, this event will have something for you. Join us October 5-7, 2014 for the SEWING & … Continue readings

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In Parts I and II of this topic I covered sateen,dimout and blackout linings, which are the linings you see from the outside.  (See HomeDecTech: Linings and Interlinings Part I and HomeDecTech: Linings and Interlinings Part II).  What about the lining on the inside?  Yes, lining on the inside or interlining, an added layer of material that can … Continue readings

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HomeDec Tech: Linings and Interlinings Part II

In Part I of this topic I shared a little about sateen lining, the basic go-to lining for window treatments.  (See HomeDec Tech: Linings and Interlinings Part I). The next most popular linings are “dimout” and “blackout”, which are valued for their insulation and light blocking capabilities. Most light blocking linings (blackout and dimout) have a foam … Continue readings

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HomeDec Tech: Linings and Interlinings, Part I

If you have ever purchased or sewn custom window treatments you are probably somewhat familiar with linings.  Perhaps it was something you knew you needed, but you relied on the suggestion of a store employee or friend.  The lining you selected was probably a fine choice, but it wasn’t an informed choice. I love fabric … Continue readings

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HomeDec Tech: Hand-Sewn Hems in Drapery Panels

I love the look of hand-sewn hems.  Hand stitching is considered a high-end technique in the drapery-making world, not because it is technical, complex or unique but because it is so simple.   It is the simplicity of the stitch.   The intimate, personal attention and care given to the materials while cradled in the … Continue readings

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