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    Hello I have a conundrum for you! I've been to see an Apex window - customer would like Italian stringing but working curtains. The drop (in the centre) is 432cms & total width 884cms / 14 widths if x 2.25 fullness. The shape of the window means that the obvious place to draw curtains back is too high up for tiebacks etc hence customers wish for Italian stringing or similar. Has anyone achieved this on a similar window size before? My thoughts are that the length of cord required to draw the curtains back if its feasible will need to be secured with a cleat or two at the wall.
    Any other ideas?
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    KarenS

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    I think Denton Drapes may well have tackled something on this scale - I think they had to research fittings to support the weight and had concerns about cord safety with the lengths involved. I think they might have investigated theatre curtain systems/ fittings?

    https://www.mydecozo.co.uk/forum/cur...in-specialists
    Louise


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    • #3
      Many thanks for this, exactly what I needed. Much appreciated.
      KarenS

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      • #4
        KLS I've done something similar in height but not quite so wide. May I suggest using twice fullness to ease the bulk and weight of the curtains; mine were pencil pleat and 2x fullness and blackout and they were plenty big enough. When I did the sewing on of the rings on the reverse side I hung them from a sloping track in my home installed for this purpose. Though the slope wouldn't have been exactly as the customer's home, but it gave me the feel of how the folding reacted to the stringing. I did a pair like this and in the future I'm to do it again with a much narrower ( but 5mtr high) window and I think I'm going to sew the rings on when the curtains are hung in situ. In regards to the length of cording you need, for each curtain it will be 210cm plus the amount from the position of the cord guide fitted to the wall down to where the customer will hold the end of the cord, then I'd add another mtr on just in case you need to change position of the cord guide. I purchased china thimbles to use as cord guides , but when it came to fitting my man used a long vine eye (that he uses for curtain returns). That got fitted high up, in your case it may be about 228cms up and then the cleat is positioned vertically underneath at a comfortable height for the customer to use. The excess cord was temporarily tied in a bundle so the customer could get used to it. When she was comfortable with how it worked I gave her a wooden acorn to finish the cord end.
        Caroline

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        • #5
          Thank you for sharing your wisdom Caroline, much appreciated. All very helpful advice. Out of interest did you sew the rings only to the lining or stab through to the face fabric? I did wonder about sewing the rings on once curtains in place, that may work well for me.
          KarenS

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          • #6
            Hi KLS! The first time I did it I sewed through from the lining to the face taking a tiny stab stitch holding a small square of blackout lining in place inside the curtain to give strength. Subsequent stitches were into the blackout 'patch'. However the second curtain (different room) I saved time by not hiding the patch inside but used it on the lining side. So face side had a stab stitch or two, but the rings were mainly sewn to the lining with the blackout patch for strength. Next time I complete the last remaining pair I will not be sewing the rings on until the curtains are hung up in situ because despite me being able to simulate the slope of the track in the workroom, the customer did complain that there were a couple of 'dimples' where the rings ended up being on the forward projection of a pleat. Once the pencil pleated curtains were hung in situ I couldn't change the fall of the pleats, thus I had to change the position of the rings.

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            • #7
              Thats really helpful Caroline, what a lot of work! i had thought of sewing a small 'patch' as you describe to the back, sewing it inside sounds almost impossible, well done for doing that. I thought the same about sewing rings on once they are hung. Appreciate your advice. Customer now holding back on the job so If the job goes ahead I'll let you know how I get on.
              KarenS

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