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    Afternoon all,

    Having a great day, and then ................! I have a pair of curtains to make in a checked fabric - pencil pleat, nothing complicated I think!

    However, I have just cut the first width and placed it side by side with the rest of the roll and I can't seem to get all the horizontal lines to match up along the check. Has anyone got any tips for me??? I can't take it across the fabric because there is also a vertical pattern with different colours running down it.

    Any advise greatly appreciated.
    Kindest Regards,
    Karen

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    Re: Joining Checked Fabric

    Hi Karen,

    A nightmare that I think we have all experienced at one time or another. Sometimes the fabrics just do not join well, due to the weaving/printing and there is little or nothing you can do. Sometimes I find it looks better to make the join in the centre of a vertical stripe if they are quite thick, so that any slight off in the pattern is less noticeable at the join.

    Also try to get as good a match on the most obvious part of the horizontal design, ignoring the design in between, hopefully any slight off, will be less noticeable.

    Stating the obvious - clip the selvedge, or cut a few inches off if you can get away with it, it might join slightly better further in.

    I once refused to alter a pair of curtains made in a checked Indian cotton by JL. They were interlined and had been re-made 3 times by said shop. Whilst the joins were all made very well, the design did not line up where the curtains joined in the centre. I told the customer that I had great sympathy for the maker, who must have been pulling her/his hair out, being given really bad off-grain fabric to work with. In my opinion they were mad to have kept them and should have had a full refund. I couldn't face altering them for their new house!

    Good Luck.
    Sue.

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      Re: Joining Checked Fabric

      Thanks Sue,

      I'm sure I'm not the first or the last to have problems with checks. I completely understand why you refused to alter those curtains!

      In the end I gave the fabric a good steam, I tried joining selvedge to cut edge without any joy. I then found instructions on another thread about joining pattern matches slightly differently, rather than just using a flat seam and it worked brilliantly.

      So thanks to the wonderful help from this sight I have managed not to pull all of my hair out!!!
      Kindest Regards,
      Karen

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      • #4
        Re: Joining Checked Fabric

        Originally posted by Karen C

        In the end I gave the fabric a good steam, I tried joining selvedge to cut edge without any joy. I then found instructions on another thread about joining pattern matches slightly differently, rather than just using a flat seam and it worked brilliantly.

        So thanks to the wonderful help from this sight I have managed not to pull all of my hair out!!!
        I have placed a link below to the post originally by Penny regarding joins.
        Have you registered your business yet?

        http://www.ukcurtainmakers.co.uk


        A MyDecozo Directory

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        • #5
          Re: Joining Checked Fabric

          Originally posted by Schuhby View Post
          I have placed a link below to the post originally by Penny regarding joins.

          Joining widths post
          Hi Admin. Wonder if you could help please? I can't seem to open the link above about joining widths. Not sure if it's my end or if the link is broken. Thank you.

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          • #6
            Re: Joining Checked Fabric

            Sorry the link is broken and I'm unable to find it - I'm assuming it's lay both pieces of fabric on top of each other. turn back a few cm's of the top fabric, crease and position patter then sew on top of fold line. As you would when joining B/O lining to avoid pin holes
            Have you registered your business yet?

            http://www.ukcurtainmakers.co.uk


            A MyDecozo Directory

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            • #7
              Re: Joining Checked Fabric

              Thank you Schuhby.

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              • #8
                Re: Joining Checked Fabric

                I think this post discusses the same method.....
                Louise


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                • #9
                  Re: Joining Checked Fabric

                  Thanks Louise.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Joining Checked Fabric

                    ..just make sure your customer knows it will be joined...

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