How to hem curtains without a sewing machine?
Curtains are fun and decorative elements that can enhance your UK home’s interior décor.
And they’re a relatively cheaper option compared to other window treatments.
That is why I love curtains, for they can make a room cosy and complete.
They are also an excellent way of adding pattern, texture, and color into a plain room.
However, it can be a bit hard to find a ready-made curtain that can snugly fit your windows.
Not unless you make your curtains.
But if your sewing skills are of a beginner that you do not think you will sew your curtains, you can buy standard curtains.
Generally, they come in five regular lengths, including 120 inches, 108 inches, 95 inches, 84 inches, and 63 inches long.
Some curtains may perfectly fit in your windows, but it is inevitable for some to be too long for them and drape onto the floor.
In preventing this from happening, you may move the curtain rod upwards.
But if this can’t be done or is not possible at your end, you will need to hem your curtains.
Do not worry because we are here to help you with that. We will be showing you two ways of hemming curtains without sewing.
You are not even required to take them off the curtain rod.
Methods To Hem Curtains Without Sewing
It is usually hard to look for the proper length of the curtains that would be perfect for your window.
Otherwise, you wouldn’t be here today.
Getting custom-made curtains is the best way to get the exact length.
However, this option can be costly.
It would leave us to the following option: to buy longer curtains and hem their edges.
Other people in the United Kingdom would slip them through a sewing machine and the task done.
But if you do not have a sewing machine or the talent to do this, you can still hem your curtains!
Just choose among the two non-sewing methods below.
Here are the ways on how to hem curtains without a sewing machine:
Method #1. Iron-On Fusing Web
You can do the entire process below without taking off your curtain from the rod.
- Iron-on fusing web
- Ironing board
- Piece of cloth
Now let us get right into the process.
Just follow the steps below:
Fold the bottom of your curtains onto your desired length while they are still hanging from the rod.
Step #2. Securing the folds
With the use of your stick pins, secure the folds in place.
Take the bottom of the curtain onto your ironing board them start ironing a crease onto the folds.
Step #4. Cut off excess fabric
Get your scissors and cut the excess of the curtain. You should start from a few inches over the fold. Then remove the pins.
Step #5. Aligning
Now unfold it and position the fusing web. Align them right on top of the crease you created.
Step #6. Finishing up
Fold the fabric back in place, then follow the directions provided at the back of the fusing web’s package.
Press it under a cloth and hold for about 10 seconds. Repeat the process if necessary.
Do the same on the flip side. Check it after it has cooled down.
Method #2. Using Curtain Rings
Curtain rings are cute items to have. You can use them even if you do not need to hem curtains.
They can also come in handy in case you purchase curtains that are too short.
That is because they can help in adding another inch to the length.
In terms of your curtains that are too long, you can fold the fabric over the top into your desired length and use the curtain rings to clip them in place.
After you do this, you’ll see that there will be too much flap.
What you needed to do in such a case is to cut off the excess fabric and fold it back again over its ragged edge.
In doing this, you have to make sure that a couple of inches will be left for the flap to work.
Iron down the fold to create a nice solid crease.
Ensure that the end lines are aligned.
Then fold the edge down against the crease and keep it hidden once again.
Then your curtain will be ready for the curtain rings.
Here’s a helpful tip:
Begin with both ends when clipping the curtain, followed by the middle.
This tip will help you estimate whether or not you will evenly space it.
You may also the clips the same way you did in the previous methods using the fusing web.
Rather than folding and clipping it, you may apply the same folding process and cut the previous method’s edges.
It’s A Wrap!
And that’s it!
Just choose among the two methods, follow the steps provided, and complete your hem without sewing.
Since it does not require a sewing machine, you can finish this in no time.
If you had taken down your curtains earlier, before you started the process, then you can already hang them back and admire your work.
That is how to hem curtains without a sewing machine.
Job well done!