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SHEER FABRICS/VOILES
Mon 10-Jan-11
10:10 am
OdelleS
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aarghIs it only me having problems trying to keep together sheer-voile type of fabrics together?

What a chore, well it is for me, a seamstress I am not, by any means.  After watching the TV Programmes, which all appear to make it seem effortless.....I thought that I would retrieve the 'hoard' of sheer fabrics given to me by my sister in an attempt to utilise/ make some simple curtains. What a palaver, I thought it was bad enough keeping them on the ironing board, keeping them together to machine them is another matter.  All I want to do is a basic hem top & bottom, stitch a couple together to make them wider widths, here's me full of ideas of how I would then make some 'faux' Austrian Blinds to embellish the insides of the windows!.....he, he, he.

I realise now why I had to cut lots of 'wonder-web' type of tape off said materiel, which had been used as opposed to them being stitched, which looked awful and looked a mess, showed through & had discoloured.

Oh, I was going to do wonders as I had at last managed to thread the sewing machine, correct the tension for the fabric.

Chair covers were going to be next on the agenda, the easy ones which throw over dining chairs & tie with tabs......perhaps I should keep with the cooking!

Unless you have any other ideas please?

Hopeless!  Why do I get these bright ideas?  Full of enthusiasm lacking in skills I think!dohroll_eyesyellaargh     

Mon 10-Jan-11
12:02 pm
Heather E
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You brave soul - sheers and voils are so slippy-slidey, aren't they!  I had some very old nets and voiles that I thought I would stitch together to made a curtainy type of netting for my brassicas.  (Think: four-poster curtains round a raised bed.) No need to be pretty as long as they did the job.  Afte a whole day of trying to run up a few seams they ended up looking like something out of Wurzle Gummidge.  Mind you, they fitted in nicely into my 'allotment' theme - an untidy garden with odd things being put to odd uses.  I think we are crafty  soulmates, Odelle - lots of enthusiasm but rather lacking in the skills department.  Never mind - we can still have fun trying.  Good luck.

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Mon 10-Jan-11
4:55 pm
KateUK
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Sheer fabric is horrendous, I hate it. Even after years of sewing I've not found a way to do it to my satisfaction,certainly it is best to use the finest needle you can and I'm afraid you just have to hand tack them AND pin the pieces together to stop them shifting about...if anyone has any good tips I'd be grateful too!

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/
Mon 10-Jan-11
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Toffeeapple
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As you say Kate, pinning and basting is the only way to do it.

I'll try that again!
Tue 11-Jan-11
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OdelleS
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Hey!........Thank-you ladies, so it's not just me!.......HURRAH thought I was totally useless, now I know I'm just verging on the side of madness for trying to sew this pretty, (yet horrible material to work with) on a first attempt with the sewing machine at actually making something.

I think I shall pass on the voiles and try to make some easy chair covers.  This time I shall make sure that I get some material that is easy to work with and economical to purchase, as no doubt I shall make mistakes.

I shall be asking for help again as to any ideas on what type of material to purchase for my next project, well my first in real terms!

Any ideas would be very welcome once again please.

Thanks again, without your comments, I would have 'thrown in the towel' at the first hurdle.

Whatever would I do without your help?  Perhaps I shouldn't ask for comments on that! ha, ha, ha....I feel better already, what a 'tonic' you  all are!

Look forward to hearing from you,

Odelle. laugh wave

Tue 11-Jan-11
8:50 am
Toffeeapple
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Odelle,  are you able to buy Muslin?  That is easier to use than the sheers but not as easy as cotton or poly/cotton mix.

I'll try that again!
Tue 11-Jan-11
8:22 pm
OdelleS
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Hi Toffeeapple, I'm sure that I have some muslin somewhere in the loft, now that's another story, we won't go there, lets just say I wouldn't be surprised if the ceilings came down!  Shame on me.

I like the idea of the poly/cotton mix, if that's the easiest, plus a lot easier to iron, I don't like ironing either, it's okay once I get going then I do the lot and tire myself, I need a 'kick start', pity I didn't have a 'choke'  as in cars, to get me going......ha, ha, ha.

Yes, thank you, it's decided, that's what I shall get, hopefully if I can get in to Stockton tomorrow, I can have a look round, watch this space that's all I can say, that's a poor start isn't it, I shall be more positive, I shall say 'wait until I've made some fancy curtains!' and perhaps move on to chair covers, there that's better.

Lets hope that I can go shopping. Thank you, it's amazing what I've achieved from this site, so pleased that I found it and have contact with all you generous people that contribute your knowledge and time to respond to all my queries.What a great bunch you are you're much appreciated.

Odelle. brightsparklystuff welldone 

 

Tue 11-Jan-11
9:26 pm
Heather E
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Odelle, don't throw out your sheers - you are bound to find a use for them.  If they are in long lengths, how about tying each end into a jumbo knot and then using the length as a hammock.  You can lie in it while you work on your chair covers. big_laugh

Gone crazy. Back soon.
Tue 11-Jan-11
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OdelleS
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You've made me laugh so much, if I ever get the bloomin things made, it'll be a miracle, I'll need the hammock to recover from the shock.......

Love it, you are funny,

Odelle. big_laughwelldonebig_laughwave

Tue 11-Jan-11
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We aim to please.wink

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Sun 6-Feb-11
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I love beads, sequins and sparkly accessories, and in our room we have mustardy-yellow walls, with beaded accessories setting the scene a bit like a souk atmosphere, like this, with Moroccan-style ceiling lights, and some while ago I bought matching voile-type curtains, cushions and tablecloth, again with beads and sequins. (Also includes a smiling Buddha head, not quite North African, but attractive nonetheless!)

Next door to this room is the downstairs toilet, and I would like to continue the look with some voile curtains over the door. I have bought some wonderful beaded curtain edging and some burgundy and some golden voiles to make a drape-style curtain to hang over the door entrance (the door opens outwards, so would not impede on the curtain).

Question is " would it look right, and, how should I hang this curtain, from a wooden pole?

After reading about all the problems with voile, I do wonder if I™ve made the wrong decision!

brightsparklystuff

J.C. F. von Schiller..... "Happy is he who learns to bear what he cannot change"
Sun 6-Feb-11
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wave  Well you know me Val.  I haven't a clue.  big_laugh  Just wanted to say how wonderful your room sounds.  Beautifully atmospheric - love the lamp.

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Sun 6-Feb-11
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I've no idea either, but your living room looks smashing, I love the Indian hanging and the lamps are gorgeous.

I'll try that again!
Sun 6-Feb-11
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Can you buy rings with clips on? That would save you having to sew it and would hang from a pole. I would make tabs for the top and if it proved difficult to sew would resort to hand sewing but then I don't mind sewing by hand. cheers

Sun 6-Feb-11
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Toffeeapple said:

I've no idea either, but your living room looks smashing, I love the Indian hanging and the lamps are gorgeous.


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