What is a Bottom Memory Stitch
The drapery style used is a D-011 three finger pleat. A bottom memory stitch can be applied to most drapery styles, even ripplefold draperies.
A memory stitch is used to help hold the folds in place along the bottom of a drapery. A bottom memory stitch is good to use on fabrics that are springy, have no weight to the fabric or just don’t have any body. By added a bead weight in the hem along with the bottom memory stitch helps with those light weight sheers or casement fabrics. Keep in mind they don’t always work. Certain fabrics cause resisting to the memory stitch. Bottom memory stitch is used mainly on sheer, casement, and some lined draperies. Bottom Memory should NOT be used on a euro hem (beaded bottom).
Notice the picture to the left without bottom memory stitch. See how the drapery flares along the bottom, causing uneven look.
Once the memory stitch is sewn to the bottom the folds hold the uniform look and no flaring along the bottom.
The bottom memory stitch is sewn to the back side of the drapery near the top of the hem. A heavy duty thread is used to keep the thread from breaking. The stitch is placed where the spaces are on the drapery.
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