Toppers Workroom Details
A-006 Contrast Pleats
Contrast Color Inserts are sections of contrasting fabric which are seamed between sections of inverted pleat base styles to add color and interest to a design. For more Add-ons please see Add-on section.
TB-ETFM Even Top for Flush Mount
This is mainly used on box pleated valances as the pleats come over the top of board they are thicker than the fabric between the pleats. To avoid this, we add additional thickness on the fabric between the pleats under the fabric. This is especially noticeable if the treatment is ceiling mounted without flush mount.
Facings similar to banding except the facing strips are added to the back side of the item instead of the front. (See facing images below…)
N119 Facing – Straight
Can be used for both lined and unlined valances. On the back side of the valance, there is a strip of the face fabric sewn on approximately 2”-3” above the shortest point of the valance. It extends horizontally and is parallel with the top of the valance. On an unlined valance, the top would be unlined on the back. On a lined valance the top would be lined with a typical white drapery lining.
N525 Facing – Shaped
Face fabric is sewn on the back side of the valance that is about 2” wide and is tailored to follow the shape of the valance hem. This option is the best choice if a high quality custom finish is desired, or in situations where the valance will be visible from both sides and self-lining is not appropriate. This method is labor intensive, and significant additional labor charges and additional fabric yardage will be required.
** Facing can cause a banding effect when the light passes through or color bleed-through could also be a problem. In these cases, a light blocking interlining may be required.
TB-FM Flat Mount
The topper is mounted onto board and is laid flat. Thickness of board is ¾” and length will depend on weight of valance, typically it’s ¾” x 1½”. This mounting method is used if minimum clearance from the wall is desired, usually if there is no under treatment, or if the under treatment is mounted inside the window casing and does not need room to operate.
A-HDSH Hand Stitching (done anywhere, hem, trims etc.)
For those jobs that require extra details & workmanship.
TB-L18 Hard Returns
A hard return is created by adding a side board that is the same width as the top board. This helps the return hold its shape. A hard return would be used if the topper is going over another outside mounted product which requires the full board width to allow it to operate, or if the style dictates the use of a hard return.
TB-RH Reduced/Cut-Out Dust-cap Header
Dust-cap header is cut to avoid obstacles allowing for a proper installation.
TB-STH Shirt Tail Hem
A shirt tail hem is typically used on an unlined valance style, the hem created by turning the fabric edge approximately ¼”-½”, and it is then top stitched along the edge. With this method, the bottom is cut to the required shape which can be on the bias grain of the fabric. As the hemmed edge is rolled over and top stitched, a ripple effect can occur due to the bias cut.
TB-SH Shirring Tapes
Shirring tapes can add interests to the topper style, such as smocking or deep gathered headers.