Fabrics and trimmings that contain metal or plastic beads, grommets or stud embellishments are excluded from our Finished Products product offering. Products with these embellishments are not able to be sewn using standard sewing machines and cannot be fabricated by Fabricut’s Workroom Services. For drapery treatments that specify fabrics or trimmings with these embellishments, we recommend using your local workroom resource.
Sheer Fabrics or Casements
Sheer fabrics or casements with large holes or very loose weaves are not recommended by Fabricut’s Workroom Services. When side hems or bottom hems are sewn into these fabrics for drapery applications, the blind hem may not attach to the face fabric causing gaps in the hems. Charleston Drapery recommends that these types of fabrics be hand-sewn by your local workroom to attach the face fabric with each stitch. When tacking rings on the backside of the fabric for a shade, we cannot guarantee that the tack will adhere to the sheer or loosely woven face fabric. Over time, this tack will pull at the threads and create a hole in the shade.
Embroidery fabrics with extra thick stitching or ‘wad’ of thread sewn into the pattern are very difficult to move evenly under a sewing machine foot and can cause inconsistent stitches and uneven hems. Due to the nature of the embroidery, pattern match cannot be guaranteed. Charleston Drapery recommends that drapery treatments using these types of fabrics be hand-sewn in your local workroom.
Due to their construction, dim-out fabrics, like Charleston Drapery’s pattern Solar Satin, may not be advisable for Finished Products Window Treatments. Blackout and dim-out fabrics are made with a black filling yarn between the face and back layer of threads. When these fabrics are punctured with a needle, the black fill may pull through the pinholes. This may not be a major aesthetic issue for treatments that include dark colored dim-out fabrics; however, light colored fabrics have the tendency to show the black stitching and therefore are not ideal for drapery treatments. Shades constructed with light colored fabrics will also show the black fill yarn where the rings are attached.
Velvet and Chenille Fabrics
The pile on velvet and chenille fabrics may cause the fabric to slip in the pleater and create uneven hems. Charleston Drapery advises against specifying velvet or chenille fabrics for Pleated Shades such as Knife Edge or Ribbed Shades.
Decorative Tapes and Trimmings
Charleston Drapery’s Workroom Service uses an adhesive tape to stabilize the decorative tapes and trimmings before they are stitched to the drapery treatment. Some tapes and trimmings are not recommended for our treatments due to the following: