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AGREED!! Custom production always finishes more perfectly than stock standards AND allows the client to choose from so many fantastic fabrics available in our industry today. As well as adding custom finishing styles such as banding! Draperies make any area more stylish as well as functioning for privacy, shade and wind (when exterior)! ~Tracy Dykes~

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Creative Draperies of California

I couldn't agree more. however I may be a bit biased. A few thing's I might suggest is interlining to add body in certain applications, also it will really help with insulation and acoustics. Many more suggestions but I would be writing a book. Designers and clients alike need to be more and more aware of this little know fact about natural fabrics that are so popular today. They stretch!!! and they constrict!!! Meaning in certain weather your drapes may seem like they have grown!!! In turn, in certain weather they will shrink. Some examples are Linen and Wool. I had a beautiful wool fabric in our workroom stretch by as much as 3 inches from its finished hemmed length. There is not much we can do about it, also it is very difficult for even us professionals to know for sure what it will do. Great article, with some good advise, I enjoyed the read.

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Durham Designs & Consulting, LLC

Oh yes, I totally agree that interlining is essential. There are very rare circumstances where I would not use nice, heavy interlining. I don't actually care for bump, but prefer to use one thickness below. I don't sew but I do design the drapes and linens for the workroom as well as selecting all of the components. I have a broad knowledge of textiles and I'm very aware of stretching, etc. I have sewn and my mother was an excellent seamstress of clothing and drapery for our own home and I used to assist. My talent is just best used for the big picture.

May I say, that I do depend upon my workroom to let me know if I have selected a fabric that isn't ideal for the use I have selected. Sometimes, I have to use it because the client is insistent but I make them sign a disclaimer.

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