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Below you will find five tips that will assist you with taking the fear out of pressing drapes and make the process more efficient while producing fabulous results. If you are a large workroom, you may want to consider investing in a drapery fan-folding device which will fold drapes into a narrow band eliminating unnecessary wrinkling and make transportation easier.
2. Workroom Set-up
Every workroom should have either a curtain rod attached to a wall or a free hanging curtain rod hanging from large chains attached to the ceiling. This rod should have several clip curtain rings in place so each drape can be temporally hung for steaming. I realize that delivering them without wrinkling is a whole other issue but I will save that for another article.
3. Sew a seam – Press a seam
Pressing should always be done in conjunction with the sewing. Especially when dealing with several yards of fabric. This will give each seam the attention it needs providing a crisp professional look.
During the steaming, it can be extremely helpful, if not essential to have your assistant apply gentle downward tension on the bottom hem of the drape with both hands, holding the tension on the fabric, a few minutes or until the steamed section cools.
5. Training Drapes/Fan Folding
This technique can be done either in the workroom or after the draperies have been professionally installed. Start at the top left corner of the drape, with your assistant holding tension along the bottom, and steam down toward the hem in one fluid motion. Work with one 6”- 8” section at a time. It is important that the assistant keeps tension on this section until it is completely cooled. Move to the next section and continue working across the width of the curtain. To train a fold in the drape, open the drapes to the maximum width and again working from left side across fold pleats across the bottom matching the folds to the pleat/folds across the top. Place either a clothes pin or straight pin to hold the fold in place. The distance between the folds along the bottom should be a consistent measurement across the bottom hem. Continue to pinch and stack the folds across the bottom. When complete, use a piece of ribbon and loosely tie to tie around the top of the drapery about 8” from the top of the drape and 8” up from the bottom of the drape. Remove the clothes pins/straight pins from the bottom At this point you may want to tug along the bottom hem to set the folds in place. Smooth all folds and apply one final application of steam. Let the drapes set for at least 24 hours.
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