Memory Stitch for Drapery Panel Hems
A memory stitch in the hem of drapery panels keeps the layers of fabric and linings from separating. In this blog post I will show you an easy way of doing this.
Table the panel. Mark the pleats and spaces at the top. Before moving the panel, go to the hem and mark where you want the Memory Stitch. You can do as few or as many as you think necessary. I put mine at the center of each space. For this demonstration I have used black upholstery thread so that it will show up in the photos. Normally I use white upholstery thread. Any strong thread will do.
Note: To decrease bulk I only turn up a single hem in the lining and serge the edge. Then I straight stitch the hem along the serge stitch.
Top row left: Mark the location of the memory stitch on the lining. Pin through all layers.
Top row center: Flip up the lining.
Top row right: Run your needle through one layer only of the drapery fabric hem.
Bottom row left: Run the needle through one layer of the lining hem
Bottom row center: Pull the thread through leaving about 4" on either end.
Bottom row right: Tie a knot towards the end forming a loop. Your Memory Stitch is done!