Here I show how I sew velvet and other pile fabrics for curtains and drapery. Practice this method to create beautifully flat seams with no puckering or gather so that your velvet curtains hang flat. This method is one I developed over many years of running a professional curtain making workroom and requires no pins or tacking first. Just take the velvet to your machine and sew. Velvet, corduroy and other napped fabrics can be very tricky to work with as the pile causes seams to creep making sewing a real challenge. this method utilises an industrial sewing machine but may be possible to replicate on a well fixed domestic machine.


00:10 - Comparing methods, the velvet pile, how velvet creeps when sewn, handling, time saving & domestic v industrial sewing machines
02:52 - Sewing velvet at the machine
04:21 - Test seam
04:48 - Method to sew velvet without puckering or creep demonstration
08:08 - Impromptu bobbin refill
09:45 - Sewing a full velvet seam end to end
11:01 - Pressing the seam
12:41 - Showing the full seam on the right side
13:33 - completed double pinch pleat curtains

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Full start to finish film of how to make a pair of huge five width hand finished lined and interlined full length curtains with stuffed and capped cartridge pleat heading. Includes cutting, joining, pressing, inserting linings, hand sewing, measuring, pleating, stuffing and folding. The first part of the video has no music so records the many sounds of fabric being cut, sewn, moved, ironed and well as me foot stepping a million times round the worktable. Faster sections have a music background.
This a long video as the curtains are huge so there's a handy index below to help you locate specific sections if you so wish.


00:08 Unpacking fabric
00:30 Measuring & cutting face fabric
01:35 Trimming selvedges & cutting interlining
02:50 Measuring & cutting lining
03:19 Machine joining & hemming linings
07:38 Machine joining interlinings
10:29 Pattern matching face fabric
13:15 Pressing face fabric seams open
16:20 Laying up and locking in the interlining
18:30 Turning & mitering the hems
23:48 Herringbone stitching the hems in place
26:50 Laying up, locking in & daisychain stitching the lining
29:20 Turning & hand sewing the side hems
30:45 Continuing herringboning face hem & locking in lining
33:58 Turning other side hem & hand sewing
34:35 Measuring drop & adding buckram to heading
35:44 Hand sewing lining to heading
38:55 Turning curtain over and pressing buckram heading
39:08 Calculating & pinning the pleat spacings
39:35 Machine sewing pleats
40:19 Opening out pleats & checking finished width
40:30 Stuffing cartridge pleats with interlining & fabric cap
41:10 Marking and adding pin hooks
41:25 Folding curtain
41:35 Finished cartridge pleats

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Try this easier way to insert pin hooks in curtain and drapery headings without the aid of a pinner. A better way to save your fingers from all that pain.

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Start to finish build of my home garden wooden cabin workroom for my custom curtain and furnishing making business. Also includes garden makeover and the three crazy hounds; Ted, Daisy and Balou.

Timelapse from start to finish of making a huge 8 width Wave headed blackout lined curtain including cutting, joining, hand sewing, adding the tape, counting millions of tape pockets, adding the curtain hooks and folding!

Hyperlapse video making beautiful James Hare yellow silk into interlined and lined inverted pleat headed curtains with a feature self piped and padded leading edge border.
These curtains were featured on display at Kevin Mccleod's Grand Designs Live show on the fabulously talented Oliver Thomas's maximalist room set. The pic at the end shows them in situ with another pair of curtains we made.

Time lapse video showing the making of a scatter cushion using Swaffer fabric with plain Ian Mankin velvet on the back and withTroynorth bobble trim around the edges and mitred and set it flat braid on the back.


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Tutorials, instructional videos, tips and tricks from Justine Bennett direct from her trade workroom where she produces top notch bespoke curtains, blinds and soft furnishings of all kinds.