I’m not much of a seamstress. In fact I should be locked up for crimes against sewing machines, but, sometimes a girl needs to make curtains. I pulled out my Janome Jem and went to town on my new favorite fabric: Waverly’s Olana. The top and the sides were fairly simple–just fold over the selvedge, iron, and sew a straight line.
Not so fast. As the title of the post declares, this is The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hemming Drapes.
Disclaimer: this is not a tutorial. This is the actual account of a complete idiot trying to hem some homemade drapes. Enjoy.
Step one: do not remove drapes from the rod to iron the seam.
Step two: Since step one went smoothly, begin to sew the hem without removing the drape from the rod.
Step three: realize that you are making a colossal mistake but meddle through anyway. Make sure that no one ever inspects the hem closely.
Step four: take the second curtain down from the rod. Takes about 39 seconds to do this. Sew the hem in under 2 minutes. Take another 39 seconds to place the curtain back on the rod. Time well spent.