Before you make up your curtains there are some sewing essentials you'll need. No matter what their trade, any professional will tell you that having the right tools for the job is vital. So here's what you'll need to sew drapery.
If you've had experience with sewing then you'll most likely have all these, and other useful items besides.
A machine is at the top of your sewing essentials list. However, you can use a domestic machine for nearly all your drapery work. Any work which is too thick because of interlining and heading tape can easily be done by hand. And in my opinion, you'll get a better finish.
The main use for your machine is to join up fabrics and linings. A good domestic machine will easily cope with this.
Got an old machine? Some of the traditional machines such as 'Singer' still produce excellent results. The golden rule is - "Have your machine regularly serviced, at least every couple of years."
If you plan to buy a new machine, don't necessarily go for one which has lots of 'bells and whistles'. Select one which can cope with joining medium weight fabrics. It doesn't matter if it can't do the latest electronically controlled appliqué work.
Sewing machines tend to last well, providing they are looked after. It may be worth while buying a second hand one and having it serviced.
There are a bewildering assortment of threads and needles on offer, and they're a vital part of your sewing tools. The most useful threads are mercerized cottons. These are cotton threads which are treated so they are smoother, stronger, and keep their color longer.
You need to match the thread to the weight of fabric and also its color. One of the main reasons why you may have problems is if your thread is incompatible with the fabric you're trying to join.
For machine sewing, the thread must also match the machine needle. The finer the needle the less marks it makes when sewing. But if the needle is too fine for the fabric, it will quickly become blunt and probably break. So change your needle frequently.
For most medium weight fabrics a Singer needle size of 12-14 (70-80 metric) will be ok. The thread size should be about 50/2.
As you can see, there aren't a lot of sewing tools you'll need to have. But it's important to get the basic items and practice using them. You don't have to be an expert in all aspects of sewing to make good drapes. You just need to acquire skills in those areas which are important for drapery.
Having the right equipment is the first step.