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All of the curtains I make are lined. The hem of the lining is machine stitched and the face fabric is all stitched by hand, corners are mitred and weighted (seams are weighted at the hem line) and the lining is hand stitched onto the face fabric.

What type of curtain heading are you after ?

Pencil pleat heading: a classic looking curtain

This type of heading is machine sewn on tape that is normally 10cm wide then the strings are pulled to the required width. This type of curtain works well on a track as well as a pole.

French pleat heading: comtempory looking curtain

This type of heading has evenly spaced pleats so allowing the curtain to fall into neat folds which makes a tailored contemporary look. This type of curtain works best on a pole so the pleats are at the front of the curtains and the remainder can fold behind. For this type of heading I use a buckram stiffening, this is folded into the curtain so no stitches are shown on the face of the curtain thus producing a crisp neat pleat. There are variations of this type of heading using 1,,2 or 3 pleats or a special look, a goblet pleat!

Eyelet heading: modern looking curtain

Eyelet heading is threaded onto the pole.

I use a rufflet tape that is machine sewn onto the curtain. Circles are cut into the fabric and eyelet rings attached to curtain, the rings pop on, so a heavy fabric will not work well on this type of heading as the rings could loose grip.

What type of Roman blind are you after ?

Roman Blinds fit into a modern and traditional setting. they are particularly elegant with

an inset border, narrow strips of contrasting fabric and a lower edge of block fringing.

These are blinds that are flat when down, but pleat up into horizontal folds when raised. There are 2 ways to do the folds

1. Traditional: the folds go up directly behind each other

2. Cascade: when the fold makes a step one on top of the other (just a pointer here... if having this type of blind, the blind needs more depth so cutting out more light!)

I line all blinds as I put the rods in pockets in the back of the lining and stab stitch onto the face fabric, therefore no stitching running across the blind in sections. The blind is then fixed onto a fabric covered baton using Velcro, a Velcro strip is then machine sewn onto the blind, and the blind is pulled up by screw eyes fixed to the underside of the baton to carry the draw strings

Outside the recess or inside

I personally feel blinds look tidier inside the recess but there are a few things to consider:

The shape of the window for instance, old houses have wonky windows and you can’t fix a wonky blind into them as the blind needs to hang straight for it to work properly.

Are there any dado rails or tiles?

Light blocking?

Outside the recess

Have you the space?

The gap you will get between the windows and blind, this is ok if entering a room and the blind is facing you but entering from the side angle you would see the gap and workings of the blind!