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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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  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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HomeDecGal Presents!  Custom Workroom Conference

Breaking News for Custom Workroom Businesses! The Custom Workroom Conference will take place February 26 – 28, 2016 at Embassy Suites Hotel and Concord Convention Center in Concord, North Carolina. The Custom Workroom Conference is an event created by and for workroom owners, to provide the very best in education and resources unique to our … 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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  Draperies with Pleats and Grommets Presented live, January 27, 2015 Click here to purchase the recording of this webinar for $35.  (This will not be added to your shopping cart, you will purchase through Anymeeting with Paypal): Purchase Draperies with Pleats and Grommets Click here to purchase handouts from this class for $12 plus tax: … Continue readings

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I am excited to share that my newest class on Craftsy.com launched on October 28, 2014!   Sewing Custom Curtains and Draperies was so much fun to film and it’s a topic that I love to teach.  Curtains and draperies are the mainstay of the custom workroom, and can be intimidating for people new to sewing … Continue readings

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Sewing and Upholstery Retreat Recap

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The Sewing & Upholstery Retreat of October 5-7, 2014 was a tremendous success!  From the opening registration, to the final day of demo’s; it was a very special time spent with talented people. Attendees started arriving on Sunday afternoon for registration.  Co-host Kim Chagnon and I welcomed everyone to the event on a beautiful Sunday … Continue readings

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HomeDec Tech: Pleating Draperies

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One of the challenges of creating custom curtains and draperies is calculating the pleats and spaces to fit the hardware used on the window.  It isn’t my favorite part of the job – but over the years it has become easier to understand and I have more confidence in the process.  If you are new … Continue readings

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Historic London Shades for Modern Workrooms Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 7:00 – 8:30 pm Click here to register: Historic London Shades for the Modern Workroom Soft shades have been included in interior decoration books and manuals for centuries.  One style, commonly know as a London shade, combines fullness with standard, flat shade construction.  Subtle adjustments … Continue readings

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