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Learn to sew with the pros at Workroom Tech

Learn to sew window treatments and soft furnishing in a real workroom environment.  You will get to use professional tools and sewing machines.  Whether your are DIY sewer or thinking about joining the soft furnishings industry.  Workroom Tech is the place to be when you want to learn the latest and newest methods of sewing home furnishings.  The classes are offered a several skill levels whether your a beginner or pro  you will find a nice selection of classes.

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At Workroom Tech you will learn to sew window treatments and soft furnishings

  • Using professional workroom tools and supples
  • small classes for the best learning expenenice
  • quality hands-on educations with step by step instruction

Learn to sew with the pros at Workroom Tech!

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Continuous Bias Welt Cord

Cutting Continuous Bias Welt Cord

Making Bias Welt Cord 400When cutting continuous bias welt cord for Home Decor projects I’ve found myself having to cut and sew yards of bias strips to cover the welt cord for my projects. The original way of making bias strips- which my mother taught me-was simply too time consuming. With most of my work being performed on=site in my customer’s home, and having limited space to do my work, I needed to come up with a quicker method. After scanning books and watching a few slipcover videos, I have devised a way to make continuous bias cord in a quick, more efficient manner.
1. Cut a piece of fabric 18” long from a piece that is 54” wide. See Illustration 1.
2. Fold the fabric in half with the wrong sides out. Sew on all three sides using a ½ “ seam allowance. Snip two opposite corners and draw a line diagonally from corner to corner. Cut on this drawn line, from corner to corner, making sure to cut ONLY the top layer of fabric. See Illustration 2.
3. Flip fabric and do the same thing on this side. Draw the diagonal line, connecting the two UNSNIPPED corners, and again, cut ONLY the top layer of fabric. You will also nip these two corners, as you did in step 2. See Illustration 3.
4. Pull open fabric where it has bee cut. Lay fabric flat (as shown in the drawing) with wrong sides out. This will actually be a tube, which must lie flat. Trim the raw edges of the fabric square with the folded edges. See Illustration 4.
5. Draw lines 1 ½” apart to make 5/32 “ welt cord with a ½ “ seam allowance. If the welt cord is bigger (3/16” or ¼ “), you will need to make the strips wider. (1 ¾” or 2”). Draw lines from top to fold, but stop 3-6” from one of the folds, as designated by the dots in Illustration 5. Cut on these lines to make strips. DO NOT cut past the dots on the fabric. If you cut all the way through, from one fold to the other, you will have just cut out circles!
6. Open the fabric that you have cut. There will be a section that has not been cut. Lay this as flat as possible on the table. Take a straight edge and draw a line DIAGONALLY from one line to the next. You will actually be skipping down one line. DO NOT draw a straight line; you will have circles as a result. After all lines are marked diagonally, and then cut. Make sure you cut ONLY the top layer.

Cutting Continuous Bias Welt Cord

Presto! Like magic, there should be nearly 18 yards of continuous bias welt cord  strips to sew around 5/32” welt cord.

Hints: With this method, one can make continuous bias welt cord out of rectangular scraps by sewing four sides of the fabric. Or, this can be done with smaller pieces of fabric for only one or two yards of bias.

Products I like to use when making continuous bias cord:

• Clear plastic ruler (6” x 12”) for straight edge
• For drawing lines, I like to use a flat carpenter’s pencil
• Scissors are 11” long (or use a Chickadee cutter)
• Fiber welt cord (500 yard put up)

Cutting Continuous Welt Cord





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Styrofoam Cornice Kit

DIY Styrofoam Cornice Kit

Trying to decide how to add the finishing touches to your living space without breaking the bank?  Decorate on a budget with a Styrofoam cornice kit, just assemble, decorate and hang.  The cornice kit can span up to 50 feet wide and is as light as a feather to install.

The Do it Yourself, No Sew Styrofoam Cornice Kit looks like a custom made cornice when finished.  It is light weight polystyrene sections that are adhered together with low temp glue gun or I  have been using Craft & Hobby Tape, when finished the cornice looks like it was professionally made. The best thing is, you can say I Made It!  Mounting brackets are provided for every thirty-two inches of cornice so there is no sagging or dipping with the Styrofoam cornice kit.

The Styrofoam Cornice kit is available in 3 heights and 2 styles.  The Avalon in the most popular style, perfect for all rooms in your home.  The exciting part about the cornice kits is that is very easy to change the fabric and create a seasonal look to your decorating style.  The Cosmo is a flat contemporary style of cornice and is only available in a 15″ height.  The cornice kits also have corner and bay window extensions available to match the Avalon Style.

We decorating or covering the cornice it is best to look for patterns that are railroaded so you can cut one long piece of fabric for each section.  If you are using 54″ wide fabric you can just fold under the fabric and match the pattern.Railroaded Fabric

Railroading refers to the way a fabric , usually a pattern, is milled.  Normally a bolt of fabric features the top of a pattern going up the roll.  However, a railroaded fabric will have the top of the pattern going across the roll.  This provides a continuous roll of the pattern, making it possible to upholster a large sofa, cushion or draperies without creating seams or a break in the pattern.

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