Curtain burnout

After I bought my fancy used Bernina, I got straight to work and sewed seven (7!) curtains the first week I had it. That included two blackout curtains for the bedroom, four semi-decorative curtains for the living/dining room and one sheer curtain.

The reason why I stopped at seven was because that last curtain, the sheer curtain, didn’t turn out well.

It was perfect on both sides, but in the middle it was about 2″ longer than it was supposed to be so it drags on the floor in the middle. I am not pleased.

I called it a day and took a break from sewing to put the dining room back together for early Thanksgiving with friends and the next weekend I attempted sewing another sheer curtain. This time I planned on gathering the fabric up at the top and doing a better job cutting the fabric straight so I wouldn’t have this uneven hem problem.

Well, suffice to say, I had problems handling the sheer voile and I don’t think I used the correct gathering stitch on my machine. My bobbin finished in the middle of my gathering seam, which didn’t really help… and then I had difficulty pulling the gathering in.

When I finally got it around the right width for our windows, I had trouble sewing the curtain rail tape over the gathering. I put the finished curtain up and was disheartened to see that I’d accidentally pulled some of the curtain into the gathering in spots and as a result, my hem was super uneven and looks horrible.

Sooo I’ve given up on curtains for awhile. I am trying to muster the will to attempt them again, but this voile is so slippery and unmanageable!

Have you attempted curtains in your home? How did they turn out?

7 thoughts on “Curtain burnout”

  1. When we bought our house, some nice person installed plantation shutters on almost all of the windows. Sometimes I miss the color that curtains can bring, but the shutters are great. I may install curtains at some point. I won’t attempt to make them, though, mainly because I think that may lead me to an early grave. I’m less of a D-I-Y more of a D-N-Y (Do Nothing Yourself).

    1. Oh plantation shutters are helpful! And I am with you on procrastinating. The reason why it’s taken this long to do curtains at all is because we have shutters on all the windows. They are not totally optimal for letting light in (it’s mostly all or nothing) but I’ve been kinda “meh” about curtains with the shutters around.

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