How to Sew Curtains and Thick Material by HDSew

So you have decided to sew/make your own curtains for your home? Perhaps it’s a bit cold in the winter- so you decided to get some really thick material. Perhaps this thick material you purchased might be giving your standard home sewing machine some trouble. This article will walk you through all the steps that you are going to have to tackle to finish your project. The good news is, sewing curtains involves straight stitch sewing only. This is a great project if you are a beginner/intermediate in regards to sewing experience.

Step 1: Make sure and measure the window, but more importantly, the actual measurements of where you want your curtain to cover. For example, some people like their curtains to lay all the way to the floor, while others prefer the curtains to hang vertically only to the bottom of the window.

Step 2: Take these measurements to your favorite fabric store.

Step 3: If you haven’t selected your fabric, make sure and ask your fabric salesperson to teach you about grain-line and naps before selecting your curtain color. Make sure and give them your measurements, so they can sell you the proper amount of fabric.

Step 4: Make sure and use a rotary cutter when measuring/cutting your curtain material. A rotary cutter will keep all your cuts even. You’ll see the benefit in the end result.

Step 5: Sometimes measuring/cutting can be a bit frustrating. Make sure and cool off before you start to sew.

Step 6: There are a lot of do-it-yourself patterns out there. We recommend this if you are new to sewing. You won’t be confused by industry words.

Step 7: When sewing heavy duty curtains (or any thick material), we recommend using a HDSew PortaWalker Walking Foot Sewing Machine. This machine has a built in walking foot, which grabs the thick material from the top and bottom- giving you even feeding throughout the sewing process.

The Portawalker is also capable of using Industrial Grade Needles, which is important when sewing thick curtain material. These needles are much more efficient at penetrating your thick fabrics- than domestic sewing machine needles.

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