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Author: mschmit Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 896178  
Subject: Re: DIY roman shades Date: 8/5/2014 9:03 PM
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I used a widget (cannot remember the real name) from a sailboat as the locking mechanism.

A cleat?

DW made about 10 roman shades years ago. Two tips:

1. She found a tool at a fabric store that punches rings into the fabric. Similar to what retailers use to put little plastic T's onto clothes (a T on each end attaching the price tag). But the plastic you installed with this tool has a T on one end and a ring on the other end. Click, click click and you've installed rings everywhere you need in 2 minutes. Sewing on by hand 20-30 minutes.

2. For better sealing and energy savings we put magnets in them. When lowered the edges stick to the wall. I bought a roll of magnetic tape and glued it to the wall on each side. (Then painted it to match the wall so it is almost invisible). Before sewing the fabric, cut small pieces of the magnet so they fit on each fold. Be sure and get the alignment straight. And pay attention to the magnetic north-south. Now you lower the shade and give it a small slap and it sticks to the wall.

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