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How much!?!?!?!

BrendaP

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2018, 23:17:32 PM »
Well there's probably a hefty mark-up for the shop too  ><
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
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Efemera

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2018, 09:02:06 AM »
I hate skimpy curtains but they were quoting for 1.5 widths of my chosen fabric per curtain. No linings, no tie-backs.
I must just be out of touch with prices these days since I've been making my own.

I wouldn’t be paying that price either.... I looked at new curtains for the lounge... well over £2000 ...I think not.

Bloobell

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2018, 10:28:39 AM »
Having lived a previous life as a curtain maker, I don't see anything wrong with the price you were given, assuming the curtains were lined. Frankly, curtains are a right old pain in the jacksy to make - they're enormously difficult to cut out (correcting the grain, ensuring the fabric is flat and straight, ensuring you've calculated the drops properly - once cut there's no going back), handle during the process (you try hauling three widths of fabric to your machine for seaming and see how much fun it is) and you need a decent sized space to work in.

I agree that there is pretty much absolutely nothing that complex about making them, especially compared to clothing (until you consider having to work with half drop repeats and pattern matching across several pairs of curtains, hand pleating to pattern, goblet headings, beaded trims, all the things that make "made to order" special) but the sheer effort required, even for machine sewing them with header tape, is not to be sneered at.

I specialised in hand-sewn curtains (the only machine sewing was stitching the widths together) until it physically became too much for me, but I still make roman blinds by the hand stitching method. I spent way more time than I like to remember on my knees straightening fluid fabrics, discovering Laura Ashley's penchant for printing off grain (ask any curtain maker about LA and I guarantee they'll grimace) and learned an awful lot about how heavy big slabs of fabric are when interlined and lined!!
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wrenkins

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2018, 10:52:25 AM »
I had no idea I was saving myself so much money.  :o
I've only ever had two sets of curtains made and they were for my sitting room and absolutely huge. It took two of us to lift them into the car! No way I was starting to heave that lot about.
Oh I do understand all of that if that's what I was getting...but I wasn't! The £129 seemed more realistic to me for the boxes I ticked.
I once made LA curtains for my SIL. Never again! She finally undertood why I was going mad when she used their wallpaper. Boy does it stretch!
Fashion fades, style is forever!

Francesca

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2018, 11:17:23 AM »
When I made my living room curtains, my body felt genuinely wrecked. My shoulders and arms ached for weeks after. Hauling them about all the time and getting them under the needle was just so painful. I put off making the second one for months.

Seweasy

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #20 on: May 10, 2018, 16:17:36 PM »
I can only agree with Fran and Bloobell, having only ever made my own curtains, including swags and tails for rooms with  nine foot high ceilings...your body.... and soul takes a beating... >:) :S :D... I much prefer to make roman blinds these days, hand sewing them takes time, but they're not as heavy... :)
I'm so much better at buying fabric, than  I am at using it up....

Sewingforfun

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2018, 14:51:01 PM »
Having made one pair of hand interlined curtains (1 ½ widths/curtain, 225cm long), I was more than happy to pay £300/pair for making plus the fabric for another pair the same size!! It seems cheap at the price compared to a lot of other things. They aren't easy to make well, and as everyone else is saying, so heavy and so big.... Good, well made curtains last for ages, though, so it's a long term investment.
Trying to remember sewing is for fun! Used to be  CarolC.

Gernella

Re: How much!?!?!?!
« Reply #22 on: May 12, 2018, 16:11:05 PM »
I think you have to class curtains as  an investment.  The ones in our dining room and lounge cost nearly £1250 (Two long curtains, one to just below window sill), that was around 1996 and I was working.  They are still up and I have never got fed up of them (thank goodness), but I remember when I bought them the assistant did  remark on them being an investment.   I have made them in the past but it was a faff and you need a lot of space.  These were also a pinch pleat so I think they take more fabric.   Bedroom curtains I buy ready made and just shorten to suit, plus for some reason I feel the need to change them more often.

I did get a new front door curtain made around 2009 and I think that was around £280 for about a 7/8 ft wide and was a bit miffed because there was some puckering on the seam.  I couldn't do much about it because they had been sat in the box for weeks while I got round to decorating.  I got a sample first, enough to make a cushion on one side and I didn't get any puckering so it  wasn't funny fabric.

It's a lot of money but I wouldn't want to manhandle them or cock up any pattern matching or fancy tops.