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From: DorothyL
Date: 11-03-2003, 07:55 AM (1 of 6)
I'm getting ready to make a shower curtin. It's the first time. I'm sure the fabric is good -- a heavy, shiny poly with almost no stretch. I figure I'll make it wide enough with one flat fell seam down the center, put in a narrow, top stitched hem to match the center seam, fold the top over interfacing and put in evenly spaced button holes. Then I'll applique some cotton fish, sea shells and mermaids on it.
So -- am I forgetting anything? Doing anything wrong? Got any tips?
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: mamahoogie
Date: 11-03-2003, 12:47 PM (2 of 6)
Sounds great but personally I don't like seams down the centre - unless that's all the fabric you have. I prefer two seams with 3 widths of fabric. With one seam your eye will automatically go to the seam but with two it doesn't. Don't ask me why. The fellow at the quilt/fabric shop told me that and I tried it and he was right. However, sometimes you have to do the one seam if that's all the fabric you have.
I've decided to live forever - so far, so good.
User: mamahoogie
Member since: 12-25-2002
Total posts: 461
From: dmoses
Date: 11-03-2003, 01:42 PM (3 of 6)
Often, if you have enough for one seam, you will have enough for two. You can cut one length into two narrow lengths, and add one to each side of the center length. I guess it would depend on the pattern of the fabric.
Take care,
User: dmoses
Member since: 02-22-2002
Total posts: 964
From: MaryW
Date: 11-03-2003, 01:45 PM (4 of 6)
I have never appliqued on vinyl, that should be interesting.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
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From: Aimee S
Date: 11-03-2003, 02:33 PM (5 of 6)
I am jealous I made my shoer curtain and the fabric came in 60 in wide and I had to cut it down I have no seam. I also weighted the bottom. I used a two inch hem. I folded up 1/2 inch and then folded up 2 more inches and top stitched but I left it open like a casing. Then at the hardware store I got some washers and placed them in the hem every 5 in. and then top stitched so they would not slide about. made thier own pocket.

My shower opening is only 22 in I used 40 wide of fabric.
The more you disaprove, the more fun I am having!
User: Aimee S
Member since: 02-23-2003
Total posts: 488
From: DorothyL
Date: 11-04-2003, 08:03 AM (6 of 6)
I can probably get two seams out of this fabric. I'll do it that way. Thanks gang. I knew you'd help.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
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