Tips for Sewing Lace Valances Tips for Sewing Lace Valances

What You'll Need
Sharp scissors
Seam binding
Hem tape
Cotton/poly blend thread
Sewing machine with new, sharp needle
Delicate pressure foot for sewing machine
Iron

Sewing lace valances is like sewing lace fabric for any other project. The following article will help you with some tips on sewing these beautiful accent pieces.

Step 1 - Measure

Since lace fabric is generally expensive and fragile, the old adage of 'measure twice cut once' holds true in this project. Normally you will want at a minimum twice the width of the window for the width of the valance. Many people prefer 3 times the width of the window for a luxurious look. Wash the lace fabric before its cut in case there is shrinkage. Then press the fabric for easier cutting.

Step 2 - Preparation

Use sharp scissors to cut lace as it tends to snag. Encase all raw edges of your valance in seam tape or hem tape to keep them from fraying in use and laundering. It will also keep the lace more stable and not allow it to stretch.

Step 3 - Sewing Settings

Put the delicate pressure foot on your sewing machine to keep from damaging the lace, and set the pressure to medium. It should flow freely under the needle and not snag. A new, sharp needle will help also. Set you stitching to 10 to 12 stitches per inch. Stitch at a medium speed and allow the machine to feed the fabric through the needle, do not pull it through.

When finished, press all seams and hems with a warm iron.

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