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|Written by Miss Smartypants|
|Monday, 26 April 2010 00:00|
Dear Miss Smartypants,
Here's my secret: I suck at all things sewing. I bought some new curtains, and they need to be hemmed, so I bought some iron-on hemming tape stuff. The problem: the curtains are made of polyester. I have to use a setting so low on the iron that the tape isn't really melting. I don't have a sewing machine, so that's not really an option. Plus, I can't sew. I'm trying to avoid shelling out having them hemmed professionally. Is there any trick I can use to get the tape to melt? I know I shouldn't just turn up the heat because . . .
There's Already a Small Burn Mark
Dear Stitch Witch,
Actually, you can turn the heat up, BUT you need an intermediary. Use some parchment paper (NOT wax paper) between the iron and the curtain. You can then turn up the heat (not all the way to linen, maybe a cotton blend). Parchment paper isn't a perfect solution, though, so make sure you move quickly. Even the paper will get a bit browned eventually, so you may need to use a few pieces. If the hem is just at the bottom, you can hang the curtains as soon as they have cooled. If not, let them rest for 24 hours to make sure the tape has set. You can also try a product like Liquid Stitch or similar fabric glue, though you would also need to let that set for 24 hours.