The Virtual Workroom

'How To' Guides for making soft furnishings - teach yourself to make curtains and more
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Easy to follow instructions for making a plaited tieback
The Virtual Workroom - Different kinds of interlinings and linings explained

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To avoid snagging the embroidery when positioning it on the machine, try dropping the feed dogs until you’re ready to stitch. Another option is to slip a piece if tissue paper underneath then tear it away afterwards.
You make flat sections for the pleat areas which create the curve once the pleats are sewn in place.

Tips and Tricks

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a wooden cutting board with a pen on top of it next to rulers and fabric
Mark the back of your pelmet boards with centres and guides for turnings.
This helps you keep the fabric straight and an even tension when you staple it in place.
a close up of a sewing machine with a green and white striped fabric on it
A different method to set a zip to ensure stripes match on a box cushion
the fabric is being sewn together on the sewing machine, and it's ready to be sewed
Stitching pleats in embroidered fabric
To avoid snagging the embroidery when positioning it on the machine, try dropping the feed dogs until you’re ready to stitch. Another option is to slip a piece if tissue paper underneath then tear it away afterwards.
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a piece of paper that is laying on top of a cutting board with a ruler next to it
Creating a pleated arched valance
You make flat sections for the pleat areas which create the curve once the pleats are sewn in place.
a cup sitting on top of a table covered in brown plastic wrap next to a hair dryer
Filling beanbags
Use a tube to make a spout so you can 'pour' the beans in to the cover......
an unmade mattress is laying on the floor next to a piece of wire and thread
Closing a box cushion
Press the seam allowance on the pieces before assembling the cover so there is a line to follow when sewing
a pattern with red lines in the center and green leaves on it's side
Half drop pattern repeats
How to work with half drop pattern repeats
schmetz universal needles for acupulas and univerleds
Chrome plated needles
Chrome needles for less friction and therefore heat, better stitching at speed, longer lasting
red and white striped curtains hanging on a wooden wall
Workroom
there is a roll of toilet paper sitting on the edge of a table that's being constructed
Fabric roll holder for end of worktable
the bottom part of a pair of shorts with measurements
Drapes Made Easy
How to hang a valance with Velcro
two pieces of fabric with different colored leaves on them
Spotting a half drop repeat
Fold the fabric in on itself to look for the pattern match
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