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    I am making large curtains for a village hall, the lining is high quality FR cotton sateen (sundown finish from M&D). I have an industrial lockstitch machine and I cannot get the seams as perfect as I would like, the top is perfect, the underside is puckered.

    The machined hems are fine so I think the problem may be due to the FR coating causing slipping when sewing with RS together.

    Has anyone else experienced this?

    Can anyone offer me any tips on how to improve my seams (I have sewn one side completely and have yet to finish the other)?

    I have even had an engineer out to check my machine, he wasn't able to get a better result than me. He did put a new needle in and give me a teflon foot but I now think the problem is slipping between the faces of the lining fabric.

    I'd be pleased to hear I am not going mad here!



    Jay

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    Re: FR Lining seams puckering on underside

    You could try sewing with a piece of paper between the layers - once you've stitched it tears away quite easily. Try a test piece first and see if it makes any difference to how the layers feed through the machine.
    Louise


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    • #3
      Re: FR Lining seams puckering on underside

      Try sewing a sample with the lining facing up, the sew another sample with the face fabric facing up. Chances are the FR treated lining is stretching out as you sew due to the process used at the treatment stage. Use a large stitch and a small stitch and see which one works best.
      Have you registered your business yet?

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      • #4
        Re: FR Lining seams puckering on underside

        Thanks I am going to try these suggestions this morning, will report back.

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        • #5
          Re: FR Lining seams puckering on underside

          Paper between the layers gives a much better result, if I can manage to control the lower layer properly I think I could achieve the finish I want. Just need to unpick and re-stitch the 7 3.5m fabric widths!

          Thanks to all and specially Louise for the paper trick.

          Jay

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          • #6
            Re: FR Lining seams puckering on underside

            I tend to use a non fusible buckram for this as it rips away easy - Also good on top of the fabric is catching on the foot, especially when sewing in pleats.
            Have you registered your business yet?

            http://www.ukcurtainmakers.co.uk


            A MyDecozo Directory

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            • #7
              Re: FR Lining seams puckering on underside

              I will try non fusible buckram thanks. Jx

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              • #8
                Re: FR Lining seams puckering on underside

                Just an update, I have finished these. I ended up buying a walking foot for my domestic machine as sewing the heading tape on was a nightmare due to polyester fabric (durable FR) and maybe the lining. The walking foot made a massive difference. End result here:

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                • #9
                  Re: FR Lining seams puckering on underside

                  Btw, I have since fixed the pleats on the RHS, it was hard to get the curtains up without disturbing the pleats (on a wobbly ladder).

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                  • #10
                    Re: FR Lining seams puckering on underside

                    Thanks for the photo, they look good.
                    Louise


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                    • #11
                      Re: FR Lining seams puckering on underside

                      They look lovely, Jay!
                      I use my walking foot most of the time. The finish is so much better - I wouldn't be without it!

                      Kate

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                      • #12
                        Re: FR Lining seams puckering on underside

                        Big job, well done. The walking foot is well worth the cost, especially for a domestic machine.

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                        • #13
                          Re: FR Lining seams puckering on underside

                          Thank you so much for the comments, this was actually my very first curtain commission as I've just started my business, it was pretty stressful but now I feel I can tackle almost anything. The village hall was used as a polling station today so they will have been seen by a lot of people!

                          Kate, Enid, I am seriously thinking about getting an industrial walking foot machine, today my foot on my domestic has started getting stuck in the down position - so is utterly useless, and I have three huge 12m width / 3.5m long voile drapes to make over the weekend, I will now have to hand stitch the hems to avoid the puckering

                          I have to say tho that the voile is so much easier to handle than those polyester / FR lined curtains!

                          Tips on why my foot is behaving like this and how to resolve appreciated.

                          Why don't I have any 'normal' curtains or blinds to make!!?

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