Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tools of the Trade

In the workroom Susan Woodcock is busy sewing the drapery panels for our dining room make-over project.  The panels have been lined, measured and buckram was added in the top, for the pleated heading.  Susan is hand sewing the side hems.

Susan Woodcock at the worktable hand sewing side hems in the drapery panels.
Susan's favorite hand sewing supplies include John James hand sewing needles (Rowley #TP108, TP110 or TP112), easy to use Thread Clippers (Rowley #WW20), a leather Coin Thimble (Rowley #WW38) and a heavy thread like Coats and Clark Hand Quilting Thread.  A magnetic pin bowl (Rowley #WW44) keeps the pins that are removed in order and a cheerful tomato pin cushion keeps needles handy.

Hand sewing hems is a traditional technique that requires a minimum of tools and supplies yet gives a premium, custom finish.  There are many benefits to hand sewing including less puckering and take-up, diminished light holes when blackout lining is used and the project does not have to be lifted and carried from the worktable, and manipulated under a machine.  If there are every any future alterations needed, hand sewing is easily removed with no damage to the materials.

Hand sewing is usually priced higher by drapery workrooms because of the extra time required.  Often, as with this project, hand sewing provides a better finish due to the weave, texture or fiber content of the fabrics being used.

To learn hand sewing tips and to see the finished draperies plan to attend our webinar Glam for the Fam: A Dining Room Makeover, August 23rd at 11:00 am EST  Click Here to Register

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