questions about sheers for oversized windows

kateskourosSeptember 27, 2013

i'm trying to find someone to make double width custom sheers for my breakfast room. i found a bolt of 118" wide solid fabric on ebay that i purchased for the job. the windows i have to cover are 141" wide and the the finished panels will need to be 128" long.
i just spoke with someone who told me that when using 118" wide fabric it usually hangs vertically (?) and that they didn't think they could help me because there would be a seam ....?....
well, i imagined there would be a seam anyway since i would need to use at least two widths for each panel ...but why would anyone use the fabric running in a vertical direction for a window this size?

i'm really thinking this person was complicating matters unnecessarily ...or am i totally off base here? what am i missing?

thanks for any help!

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The fabric is meant to be railroaded, which means the 118" is actually the length, not the width. There would be a seam horizontally in order to use this fabric. For your length window (128"), you'd need to buy 139" to not have seams.
OR just buy 54" - 60" wide fabric by how many yards you need, and have seams running vertically.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 8:22PM
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thank you for responding ...but i have already purchased the fabric that is 118". must it be railroaded, or can it be used vertically, off the roll -so we can just join two widths to have the vertical seams?

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 9:30PM
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Is the sheer plain or does it have a design? If plain, or if you don't mind a design showing sideways, then it can be used the other way. However, there will probably be an extra charge since the fabric is harder to work with (more work) that way.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 9:19AM
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yes, the fabric is a solid. thanks for letting me know.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 10:48AM
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Cloth is strongest and hangs straightest if you hang it with the warp (warp is parallel to the selvage edges) vertically (the way you planned), with vertical seams. A tidy small seam will be almost invisible.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 11:16AM
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This is a railroaded sheer and is meant to be used so, but any sheer will hang best when sausage weights are put in the hem.
If it's very sheer, french seams should be used.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 12:18PM
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There is absolutely no reason not to do the job just as you have described it.

I've made many window treatments using the same type and width of sheer fabric. If a fabric has no pattern it is not railroaded. The sheers absolutely will hang better with the seams parallel to the selvages.

It sounds to me like your fabricator doesn't understand plain geometry, or fabric for that matter.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 12:34PM
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