Velvet is a soft, luxurious fabric useful for making many different items with sewing machines like the Janome 2212. It is especially suitable for making stately-looking, light and sound-blocking drapes. As beautiful and expensive as they may look, making velvet drapes using Janome sewing machines can actually be a labor of love. Find here a few tricks for working with velvet to avoid becoming frustrated while creating some very unique drapes.
Designate A Specific Work Area
Cutting and working with velvet is going to generate little bits of the cut fabric that can easily spread and fall onto the floor. At the very least, you want to contain this mess into one working area. You should even consider what to wear while sewing velvet with Janome sewing machines like the Janome 2212 because these small pieces will cling to you as well.
Keep a small vacuum cleaner with a dusting attachment nearby and gently clean both the sewing machine area and the fabric as you work with it. This will prevent having to clean up a *big* mess later on.
Find and Mark the Nap
Velvet fabric looks different depending on the direction the nap runs. Downward running nap is the most common direction when using velvet fabric. It looks soft and silky with a lighter shade of whatever color you choose.
Upward running nap is darker in appearance, looks more like suede, and is subject to gathering dust within the fabric fibers. This is obviously not a good choice if you are making velvet drapes with sewing machines. Drapes are quite visible as would any dust on them.
When you have decided the direction of the nap on your drapes, mark the back of the fabric so you know the correct direction when matching sections together. One of the important details to remember when making drapes with sewing machines is that both panels must be sewn on Janome sewing machines with the nap going in the same direction.
Be Careful When Joining Seams Together
Velvet is a thick fabric, which means that special care needs to be taken in the process prior to stitching them on a Janome 2212. The final appearance of your velvet drapes depends on the care you take at this stage of the process.
After having measured and carefully cut out the drape panels, bring the seams together right sides facing. If you want to have the nap go downward, smooth the nap in a downward direction on both pieces of velvet to be joined. Make absolutely sure all of the nap is smooth, then hold it together with pins at the very least. Basting is not out of the question; however, careful pinning can be sufficient.
How you stitch with Janome sewing machines like the Janome 2212 is vital and cannot be overemphasized. Because this thick fabric will tend to move the upper and lower pieces at separate and different speeds, it would be wise for you to invest in a walking foot and use it when stitching on velvet. You will be much happier with your final sewing results when using this presser foot that is commonly used when making quilts.
Hemming On Velvet
Although double hems are very common when making curtains and drapes, it is highly recommended to stitch a velvet hem on your sewing machine in a single thickness. Before folding to form the hem, either zig-zag or overlock the raw edge to prevent unraveling. Then fold the hem to the desired length and stitch the hem as desired.
Velvet is such a beautiful, soft, luxurious fabric and will make extravagantly gorgeous drapes if you follow the above tips and directions. You can indeed make velvet drapes on sewing machines like the Janome 2212. Using quality Janome sewing machines, you can make velvet drapes that will rival the ones in stores at a fraction of the price!