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any way to reinforce decaying curtain lining?

sewingj

any way to reinforce decaying curtain lining?
« on: November 14, 2017, 20:49:01 PM »
A friend has asked if I could mend her curtain lining which has split quite close to the edge - sunlight has made the fabric fragile and this part gets most wear and tear each time the curtain is opened and closed.

The only thing I can think of is to cut a strip of iron-on interfacing and insert that behind the split.  I suspect it would only be a fairly temporary fix as the rest of the lining must be getting fragile too - but she doesn`t want to replace the linings at the moment

Any ideas?

BrendaP

Re: any way to reinforce decaying curtain lining?
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2017, 21:03:28 PM »
Is the width of the curtains generous enough that you could cut away the leading edge of both curtain and lining?
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sewingj

Re: any way to reinforce decaying curtain lining?
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2017, 21:16:07 PM »
I`m not sure  - I don`t remember them being particularly full curtains but I`ll have to check when I visit on Friday.

  I think I need to check what condition the rest of the lining is in too - and the actual curtain fabric.  There are 3 windows in the room so she won`t be keen to replace them.

Vegegrow

Re: any way to reinforce decaying curtain lining?
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2017, 21:29:49 PM »
 after sticking on or sewing on patches swap the curtains so that the leading edges move to the outside of the window and the ones that have been sheltered from the sun move into it
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Greybird

Re: any way to reinforce decaying curtain lining?
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2017, 22:13:39 PM »
I had a pair of long curtains where the whole leading edge of the lining had rotted and the edge of the curtain had seen much better days. Luckily they were full enough to be able to cut off the whole bad piece. They were patterned fabric and I bought a length of plain fabric in one of the colors and encased the whole edge with a strip - like fat binding. They lasted several more years and were still hanging in the house when I moved out 2 years ago.

Ploshkin

Re: any way to reinforce decaying curtain lining?
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2017, 22:17:07 PM »
When the repair has been done can the curtains swap positions so that the same edge doesn't have to cope with all the handling?
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sewingj

Re: any way to reinforce decaying curtain lining?
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2017, 08:24:15 AM »
Thanks everyone- when my friend asked me yesterday my mind went blank!

 I will look at the curtains properly on Friday and decide which is the best option.  I will also look at the other windows in the room as I suspect they are heading in the same direction.  It would probably be a good idea to swap them around too to reduce the wear and tear from handling