Neat Pleat Drapery Control System
For many years now I have been using my Neat Pleat Drapery Control System to keep panels from flaring or billowing out. It works on stationary, traverse and ripplefold panel. If the fabric is polyester or it is very long and are expanding in the middle, additional rows can be added for more control. This blog post will show you step by step instructions.
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Table the panel as you normally do.
Top row left and center: Mark side hems, pleats and spaces.
Top row right: Mark the center of each space.
Second row Left: Place a ruler along the top edge. Line up with one fabric edge.
Second row center: Measure the distance from the edge of the fabric to the overlap, centers of all pleats and the return. Write these numbers down.
Second row right: Move the ruler down to the bottom edge. Line up with the same edge as you did at the top.
Third row left: Mark each measurement at the top of the hem. Pin through all layers at the mark.
Third row center: Mark the overlap and return. Pin through all layers.
Third row right: I use 1" twill tape and a tag gun. For stubborn fabrics I use bead weight chain. Mark the twill tape the same distance as the space width. Any tape will do. I have even used drapery fabric with serged edges too.
Fourth row left: Fabricate your panel. Stitch in pleats. Fan fold panel lining up pins at hem.
Fourth row center: Using the tag gun, tag through all layers of fabric and lining at the marks on the twill tape. If your overlap is 3.5", you will tag the twill tape 3.5" from the leading edge. Same with the return. If the return is 4", you will tag the tape 4" from the edge of the side hem.
Fourth row right: Continue to tag along until the length of twill tape is tagged at each pleat center and at the overlap and return.
Fifth row: The finished Neat Pleat in place.