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  • Hand Stitched Braid??

    I have just spent 3 hours hand stitching a double band of braid down the leading edge of a pair of curtains. I hate it when fabric puckers and will even hand stich voiles to avoid this. I thought I was very clever by attaching it first with double sided sticky tape, until I started to sew!!! the result was a very sticky needle and very sore fingers. I have been in business for 9 years and never had to do this before so I have learned a very good lesson - don't put the tape on the stitching line.
    I have 5 roman blinds to edge in the same way, and hopefully will do a better job.
    Are there any other ways of keeping the braid in place whilst sewing and should I just have machined it??

    Julie
    Julie

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    Re: Hand Stitched Braid??

    I prefer braid on curtains or blinds machine sewn (obviously in the early stages). IMO it gives a more permanent finish.
    Puckering can normally be sorted out by a combination of foot pressure, cotton tension, and the tension of the work as it is fed through the machine.

    Phil.

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      Re: Hand Stitched Braid??

      Hi Julie,
      If I'm hand sewing braid on, I just hold it in place as I go, and don't pin it first.
      Kind regards
      Pen Harrison
      Colly Brook Fine Furnishings

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