Why Does My Roman Shade Pull Inward When Raising It? – Sewing Roman Shades

A common problem what’s you’ve made your roman shade… and have you installed it on your window. When you go to raise it for the first time… everything seems to pull inward and get all bunched up.

This is a very common problem because most people avoid putting in the weight rod into the bottom rod pocket of your roman shade.

A weight rod is something that will have some weight… something heavier than a wood dowel. You can go to any hardware store to get a fiberglass rod… or even a steel rod. Have it cut to 1/2″ less than the finished width of your roman shade. And slide that into your bottom hem.

The weight will pull everything nice and taught… and give your roman shade its horizontal shade. Because without a weight rod… when you pull your roman shade… if you don’t have anything in your bottom hem, there’s nothing to help keep the horizontal shaping of your roman shade. So, make sure you put a weight rod into your bottom hem.

The next thing you need to be sure of… is to have enough lift cords for your roman shade. Sometimes, you only put a couple in and expect your roman shade to raise flat and level. But what really what happens is the roman shade fabric will swag in between the lift cords… because you didn’t put enough lift cords in. So make sure you have enough lift cords for your roman shade.

And the other thing to keep in mind… many times when making roman shades… depending on your fabric and interlining… your roman shade fabric requires some fuss and training. Many types of fabric fight being pleated… and will require some fuss when you raise the roman shade. Over time, your fabric will begin to have a memory of the pleats and pleat up nicer. But you should keep an open mind that some fabrics will always need some fuss when you raise your roman shade.

So, if your roman shade is messy and seems to collapse when you raise it… insert a weight bar in the bottom hem, make sure you have enough lift cords and keep an open mind that you may need to train your fabric before it pleats up neatly.

Visit http://www.MakingRomanShades.com/freegift for 20 exciting videos that show you expert tips, tricks and techniques for sewing roman shades.

Jenny T.

4 Comments on Why Does My Roman Shade Pull Inward When Raising It? – Sewing Roman Shades

  1. Dee Hone
    April 4, 2012 at 10:34 am (6 years ago)

    Do you have a source for purchase of weight bars? I need 24-28″.

    Reply
    • Jenny
      September 22, 2012 at 7:43 am (5 years ago)

      You can find them at draperysewingsupplies.com

      Reply
  2. Dee Hone
    April 4, 2012 at 10:35 am (6 years ago)

    I need a source for puchasing weight bars for roman shades.

    Reply
    • sspAdmin
      September 29, 2012 at 5:47 am (5 years ago)

      You can find those at DraperySEwingSupplies.com

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comment *