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    Adjustable plastic hooks - not sew in

    Anyone come across these before? I assume they hook into pencil tape?


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    (seen on J Lewis website)
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    Re: Adjustable plastic hooks - not sew in

    I've seen something similar in the triple pleat headings of some made to measure LA curtains I'm about to turn into a roman blind for a customer. They are longer and straighter than the ones shown and have a flange on the back which is stitched into the pleat. The triple pleats are then formed with little clear plastic clips rather than stitching!

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    Re: Adjustable plastic hooks - not sew in

    Yes, we used to stock something similar.
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    Pen Harrison
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    Re: Adjustable plastic hooks - not sew in

    Yes, I have them and they sometimes come in handy when a normal curtain hook can't achieve the correct position on a track. They have to be used on a pencil pleat (or tape heading) They are available in two lengths: 5cms and 7 cms, but with the longer ones unless the tape heading has been set down at least 0.5 cm from top edge of curtain the tips of the back of the hook can be seen above the curtain.
    Liz mentions the variation on them which factory -made pinch curtains sometimes use. The thin plastic flange is stitched inside the first line of vertical stitching when a pinch is created. Its purpose is for customers who don't have pin hooks, so that they can alter the hook height very easily. The main problem for customers is that if they lose the little hook part they have to use a pin hook. Also I have had one dry cleaner who refused to dry clean some curtains because they said the heat would melt them in the machines. I didn't think dry cleaning used high heat, but in order to get my customer's curtains cleaned I had to unpick the plastic things and re-make the pinches. Then re-hang with pin hooks.
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    Re: Adjustable plastic hooks - not sew in

    Thanks both - I'd seen the sew-in version for pinch pleats before, but not these. I can see they can be useful for the flexibility of the hook position. I haven't yet seen the option Liz mentions with clips instead of stitches to hold the pleats.....anything to avoid sewing I guess
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    Re: Adjustable plastic hooks - not sew in

    The trouble is, the little clips fall off and then the triple pleating has gone!

    Nothing can compare with making curtains properly, by hand!

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