Difficult Fabrics – Silk Velvet Banding on Drapery Lead Edge

The difficult fabrics narrow band looks beautiful.

Working with difficult fabrics can be challenging and stressful unless you first determine your course of action.  This is the second edition of working with difficult fabrics.  I’ll show you how I used upholstery weight silk velvet to make  narrow bands on  silk taffeta panels.  Now these are two fabrics that couldn’t be more incompatible. […]

How to sew a interlock stitch in drapery panels

An interlock stitch in drapery panel

When making multi width drapery panels, adding an interlock stitch at the seams will help keep the seams lined up as they hang.  Without this stitch the fabric layers may shift making the draperies look untidy or messy. Here are a few quick and easy steps to add an interlock stitch to your drapery panels.  Work from […]

Fabric Check-In Process

Fabric and hardware

Fabric arriving at Designs by Donna is checked in and inspected as soon as it arrives.  Doing so may avoid delays with the project if any flaws, inconsistencies in the repeat, or wrong yardage amounts are found upon inspection.  And the same is true for drapery hardware received. There are a few things for you to check when your […]

Three quick sewing tips for efficiency in the workroom.

Today I have three sewing tips for you to use for more efficiency in the workroom.  First of all you’ll need a few simple things in order to use the tips I’m sharing.  1.  A thumbnail; 2.  Blue painters tape; and 3.  A magnet.  Oh, and as these are sewing tips, you will also need […]

What do sewing thread and spices have in common?

Organize thread and spices

What do sewing thread and spices have in common?  Nothing really.   Other than when your sewing thread and spices are organized it is easier to find what you are looking for, making you more efficient at what you are doing. As a workroom owner, keeping sewing thread organized by color and thread type helps me in more […]