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DIY upholstery SAWHORSES
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Have you ever made a formal dress for a prom or a wedding? A lot of structure is built into the garment to encourage the fabric to drape as designed, and to behave when the wearer moves. Drapery panels, especially functional traversing ones, also need structure to enhance the functionality and preserve the classic beauty of the folds.
Beaded chain weight and weighted tapes are forms of structure that are added to sheer, lined, and unlined panels to control flare and help train difficult fabric to retain its folds. Beaded chain weight should be a standard in your sheer and casement panels. Weighted tapes will be your savior when it comes to controlling stubborn woven fabrics.
What is beaded chain weight?
Beaded chain weight is small bead weights encased in a stretchy polyester tube. Traditionally, it is used in the hems of unlined sheer panels to add weight to the bottom. Beaded chain weight is extremely flexible, flowing in and out with the fabric folds. When the folds are stacked and the hem steamed, the beaded chain is trained to hold the folds, which encourages the fabric to hang in straight, classic lines and discourages flaring.
Most workroom supply vendors carry beaded chain weight. It comes in 2-3 different sizes. The larger the beads, the heavier the chain. Use smaller, fine bead chain in lighter-weight sheers. Choose heavier beads for thicker sheers, casements, and lighter weight woven fabrics.
Many 118-126" wide seamless sheer fabrics come with beaded chain encased along one selvage, which is called a Euro hem. A workroom has three options for fabricating sheer panels using fabric with a Euro hem:
Simply use the Euro hem as the finished bottom of the panel. Do not turn a double hem. This is ideal for printed sheers where the fabric pattern might be visible in a turned hem. It is a clean and pretty finish. It also allows you to fabricate a longer panel from a seamless sheer because you gain 8" in length that is not folded into a double 4" hem.
Or, turn a traditional double hem in the panel, allowing the Euro bead hem to fall to the inside bottom of the hem. This naturally adds a nice weight to the sheer panel.
Or, cut the Euro bead hem off of the sheer fabric and turn a traditional double hem with no weight.
Sew your own Euro hem
A Euro hem on sheers is often preferable to a double turned bottom hem - especially for a clean look or working with a printed sheer. It is a simple two-step process to stitch beaded chain to the bottom of a sheer, then table the sheer from the bottom up for a classic European look.
This video demonstrates the step-by-step process to create your own Euro hem finish as the hem of a sheer fabric.
Many uses in the workroom
Beaded weight chain has many uses in the workroom for measuring and pattern drafting.
Beaded chain drapes very similar to fabric when suspended from two points on the wall. Therefore it is used in drafting drapery patterns for several different styles of treatments:
Swags. Drape beaded weight chain to simulate the desired finished widths and drops of top and bottom folds of a swag. Measure the chains and use those measures as your swag pattern dimensions. This technique is described on my website in an article on drafting swag patterns and thoroughly explored in my books, The Professional Workroom Handbook of Swags, Vol 1 & 2.
Balloon shades/valances and relaxed romans. Drape the beaded chain to simulate the desired bottom swoop of a balloon valance or shade between pleats. Measure the chain to determine how far apart the rings are placed on fabric to create the exact swoop.
Keep a long piece of beaded chain in your measure bag. When measuring for comforters, duvets or coverlets, make up the bed with standard covers. Drape the chain across the width of the bed and over both sides. Pin safety pins to the chain at the points where you want the bedding to fall. Measure the distance between the pins. This is a very accurate method to measure for bed covers.
The smallest beaded chain is an excellent filler as a decorative covered microcord for the bottom hems of top treatments. The chain brings three advantages:
It adds just the right amount of weight to the hem to encourage the fabric to hang naturally and flare less.
The fluid collection of small beads in the stretchy tube allows vertical folds to form naturally and can be trained to gentle folds or crisp pleats.
The fluidity of the chain also flows smoothly along horizontal scallops and arches without the stiff kinks of traditional cord fillers.
Step up the weight in woven fabrics
Many times, drapery panels just don't hang straight in classic folds, or they are blown about by floor heating/cooling vents. This happens when the face fabric is a fiber blend that does not train, such as a polyester. It also occurs on panels that are over 90" long. The longer a panel, the bigger the pleats need to be to hold the fold to the floor. If the pleats are shallow and/or the fabric is untrainable, the result is a panel that will flare towards the bottom and lose its neat, classic look.
Weight tapes are very useful in handling this type of issue. They are simply laid in the bottom hem of the panels. The extra weight helps to bring the folds to heel. The weight tapes are pricey. If you must purchase a full spool for a job, I would recommend purchasing a medium weight tape. For extra-stubborn fabrics, two layers of the tape can be laid in the hem with the weight beads offset.
Go out and gain some weight. Let your clients know it is there - a custom, professional touch you can use as a marketing tool. Or, use it to build invisible control into your drapery panels for an elegant, fuss-free look.
Ann K. Johnson owns Sew Easy Windows LLC, a wholesale workroom in Ohio, established in 1992. She is the author of The Professional Workroom Handbook of Swags I & II, and publisher for Kitty Stein's Price Your Work With Confidence! Ann offers private workroom training, seminars, and hands-on classes in workroom fabrication, pattern drafting, efficiency, and pricing. Her topics are always packed with time-saving tips and techniques, and delivered in a relaxed and light-hearted style. Find information at seweasywindows.com. Ann is an instructor for The Workroom Channel and Workroom Tech, a webinar instructor for WCAA and the Curtains & Soft Furnishings Resource Library, and a speaker for CWC. She is a member of the Greater Cleveland Drapery Professionals and WCAA.
Put a Little Weight Into It!
by Ann K. Johnson
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The Transparency Initiative was inspired by, as it turned out, a not-so-simple question during a WCAA presentation: "What is my financial ceiling, if I want to continue working alone and not work nights and weekends?"
This question, posed by Vita Vygovska to Jeanelle Dech, sparked several additional conversations and meetings where they discussed the lack of credible industry information with regard to business income and profitability within the custom soft furnishings segment. The result of their collaborative effort is The Transparency Initiative.
Jeanelle and Vita's idea is to survey the industry and begin to gather and compile the results so that industry professionals have valid information with regard to their own businesses and industry data to support decision making and strategic planning.
The initial survey focuses on business demographics and profitability to establish a benchmark for the industry. The survey is anonymous, and business owners who take the survey will receive the final report and analysis at no cost.
The value of the information increases with higher industry participation, so please consider taking the survey today! The initial survey is just 14 questions, and takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
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Adaptive textiles produces between 200-300 pillows per week. Most are knife-edge pillows with invisible zippers, however recently Jeanelle and her team have been working on developing a method to insert metal zippers in knife-edge pillows to meet a customer request.
Because the zippers are exposed, and contribute to the overall style and design of the pillow, it was important to create techniques to ensure flawless functionality and appearance.
Watch the video below as Adaptive Textiles' resident pillow expert, Yazmin Guzman, demonstrates how she has perfected the art of inserting metal zippers into knife-edge pillows.
Watch from start to finish as she completes a beautiful 18" pillow for Kristi Kohut Studio.
See the photo below for a close up of where Yazmin makes the cut she describes in the video:
Metal zippers are available for purchase at the Workroom Marketplace.
in a Knife-Edge Pillow
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Paint by Numbers
by Madeleine MacRae
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When you watch an incredible closer selling in-home, it looks like magic but, in fact, the best closers that I've ever known, and watched, have a secret - they rock a system.
You see, when you follow an organized, step-by-step approach to the sales consultation, it's almost as though you are painting by number. Think back to your childhood. If you were a gifted creative genius who could free-hand beautiful paintings at an early age, that others could identify and appreciate, you were among the exceptional. Most of us, myself very much so included, may have thought we were producing masterpieces, but our parents couldn't tell if we had painted a duck or a cow. Give that not-so-artistic child (like me) a paint-by-number and ask them to follow the set-out guidelines and color charts carefully, and they could produce something not only recognizable but beautiful.
Why does that paint-by-number work so well? Paintings are simply colors working in harmony to express an emotion, an image, or a scene. The in-home sales process is much the same as painting by number. You have a few key elements that must be covered to produce the result that you wish - a sale - and if you follow the steps in the right order, you get a very consistent and predictable result.
It doesn't take exceptional and rare skill to sell; it just takes a system.
Join me for my IWCE presentation, "Make More Money From Existing Leads," at 10:30 am 3/27/18 as I share with you a series of steps that have helped many businesses in our industry dramatically improve their sales.
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Madeleine has over 12 years of experience in our industry and derives her energy from educating, inspiring, and leading her clients.
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Refresh Your Property for the Spring Real Estate Market
by Tricia Wallace
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Thinking of jumping into the spring real estate market? Wondering which updates and/or upgrades to accomplish before putting your house on the market that won’t deplete your wallet?
You’ve heard the mantra: neutralized, neutralize, neutralize. Good advice, most of the time. But keep in mind, neutral should not equate with boring. A house needs personality; just not necessarily yours when selling. Read on:
Paint is THE most budget friendly update. Lots of bang, not lots of bucks. Don’t be color shy; be color smart. Are your rooms too dark? Large rooms with darker walls need to receive plenty of natural light and should contain lighter furnishings. Walls too stark? White walls read too cold in winter and also show smudges and fingerprints too easily. For selling, keep floors and walls a warm neutral (taupey grays, tans, muted golds) and add color with furnishings and accessories. Art work, decorative pillows, throws, and rugs are also easy ways to add flair to a room. Save the darker paint colors for small spaces, such as powder rooms, which can glow like small jewel boxes with dark satin-finished walls, decorative framed mirrors (replace the blah builder ones), a statement light fixture, and updated faucets and towel bars.
Kitchens and baths either sell houses or become deal breakers. Updating your kitchen and bathrooms will provide your highest return on investment.
Countertops: Buyers prefer solid surface countertops (granite or quartz are still popular; quartz is usually more expensive) and it’s smart to stay with the neutral colors in these, also. There are absolutely gorgeous cobalt blue quartz countertops, but if I’m selling my house I would not want to turn off buyers who don’t necessarily like blue kitchens. If you don’t have a lot of counter space, shopping around for granite remnants can be almost half the cost of custom granite.
When remodeling or updating kitchens and baths, always stay with the style of your house. Sleek modern appliances, countertops and cabinets are lovely, but don’t always belong in a 100-year old house. Consider marble, soapstone or honed or antiqued granite in period homes.
If a solid surface countertop is out of your price range, look for the newer types of laminates. Many of these products, such as high-definition ones, offer texture and the look and appeal of granite without the expense.
A tile backsplash will add pizazz and the perfect finishing touch for your new countertops.
Appliances: Stainless steel appliances continue to be most popular, but black and white ones can work as well, depending on the style and color of your cabinets. Another relatively new choice to consider is black stainless, which offers added depth and sophistication.
Cabinetry: Painted or enameled cabinets are the looks buyers are craving: white, creamy white or ivory, espresso or gray. If your cabinets are in good shape, refinishing them is the way to go instead of replacing. Paint the island a darker color (or vice versa) than the perimeter cabinets to add interest and a more custom look. (You can also use different color countertops, such as a more inexpensive plain gray or black granite or quartz on perimeter counters and a more expensive “statement” one on a smaller island.) Don’t forget the hardware! Pulls and knobs are jewelry for your cupboards. There are many unique options available in cabinet hardware, both in stores and online. Exterior hinges can also be spray painted to match the cabinets, which saves quite a bit of moolah, and also is easier than trying to hunt down replacement hinges for older cabinets.
Baths: Quick, relatively inexpensive updates for the bathroom include replacing faucets, towel bars, shower doors, and light fixtures. Decorative framed mirrors in place of chipped or worn builder-type mirrors can create an amazing transformation. You can easily find deals on mirrors at a myriad of home decor stores. Replace outdated sheet vinyl or chipped tile with new tile or resilient flooring. Resilient flooring, which is an engineered product made of natural and synthetic materials, closely mimics the look of tile. Resilient type flooring is less expensive than tile and easier to install, plus feels softer and warmer underfoot. Quite a number of builders are choosing resilient flooring over tile in new construction homes.
If your porcelain or ceramic tile, whether on flooring, walls, showers or tubs, is outdated but still in good shape, consider having it reglazed. Tile and tub reglazing and resurfacing companies offer multiple colors other than white, including texture and grout options.
Get those kitchen and bath projects going and jump in!
Tricia Wallace grew up in North Carolina, but has called Eagan, Minnesota, home for almost 20 years. Two amazing young adults call her Mom. Josh, 26, graduated from Columbia College in Chicago in with a BFA in Cinema Arts and is employed with the City of Eagan Television as an editor and videographer. Shelley, 22, graduated from Minnesota State University in Moorhead this summer. She is continuing her work in soft lines at Target while seeking employment in her field of Mass Communications and English. When Tricia’s not arranging real estate transactions or rearranging furniture, she’s enjoying the arts, the great outdoors, trying a new wine with friends or penning the next great American novel. She earned a BA degree in Speech Communications from UNC-Wilmington and is a licensed Minnesota Realtor, Certified Home Stager and Certified Color Professional.
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DIY Upholstery Sawhorses
by Cynthia Bleskachek
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This post first appeared in Cynthia's Blog, which you can read here.
Working on furniture is much easier when you have sawhorses that are appropriately designed for the task. This video will show you how to make a simple pair for your own shop or home work space.
It's really just three simple steps:
Step One: Build the Basic Sawhorse
Step Two: Build the Leg Tray
Step Three: Upholster the Top
Okay, so there are a few other steps to make up those three simple steps! Click here to visit Cynthia's blog for fabulous written instructions with awesome pictures!
Cynthia Bleskachek has been doing upholstery professionally since 2001 – before that, she grew up making buttons and pulling staples in her mom’s home upholstery shop. Her journey has cultivated a deep love, and appreciation for the character, and quality of older furniture – in a market overwhelmed by disposable options, re-upholstery provides a viable alternative.
The Funky Little Chair began as a Facebook blog of sorts, sharing bits of education from whatever project was on the “horses” in the upholstery shop. Now in St. Paul, MN, Cynthia provides upholstery services, as well as hands-on education for students of every level.
Cynthia is an instructor at Workroom Tech in Tryon, NC, has an online class available through Craftsy.com, and was a featured presenter at the 2015 Minneapolis Junk Bonanza, with TV appearances on Kare 11 and Fox 9. She is a member of the Professional Upholstery Association of Minnesota and currently serves as chair of their education committee.
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If any of you have a sewing studio/craft room, you know how hard it is to keep things organized! I am the type of person (maybe a little obsessive-compulsive?) who likes to know where everything is. You know the saying - "A place for everything, and everything in its place." That's me. I have so many tools, supplies, and materials, used every day, that I had to find a good way to organize them, or I would go crazy! So here are 5 of my organizing tips for a sewing studio. Now, I know my sewing space is a little bit different than most, because I use it for my business, but hopefully you can use some of these tips to organize your sewing studio or craft room.
1) Pegboard Walls - I know this may not be an option for everyone's space, but if you can put even a little bit of pegboard up on a wall, it will be worth it, trust me. This is probably the biggest time-saving tool in my studio. I love being able to hang all sorts of tools and sewing supplies on the pegboard, and I can see at a glance where something is.
2) Magnetic Knife Holder - I read about this idea quite a few years ago, and just loved it! These are magnetic knife holders that you can buy for your kitchen. I bought mine a few years ago, on-line, at a kitchen gadget type store. Sorry, I don't remember what the name of it was. I use mine to hold my sewing machine feet, scissors, tweezers, etc. They would also be great to hold bobbins. Mine are mounted right next to my sewing machine and make it so easy to quickly grab what I need.
3) Fabric Storage Tubes - I know that most of you may not have the need to store rolls of fabric, but you could use these tubes for wrapping paper or probably a lot of other things that I can't think of right now! You can get them at home improvement stores. They are meant to be molds for making concrete pillars, but they work great for helping me keep my fabrics and linings organized under my table. Before, whenever I needed a particular fabric, which was usually of the bottom of the pile, I had had to pull and tug to get it out. With these tubes, it is very simple to get any fabric or lining out from under the table.
4) Storage carts - These rolling carts with drawers are great for keeping track of sewing supplies. I have several of them in my sewing studio. This one is used for my roman shade supplies, and I have labeled the different drawers to make it easy to find the right part.
5) Binders - I love binders! They are so useful for keeping all kinds of things organized - my blog planner, inspiration pictures, clients projects, vendors' catalogs, and much more. Below you can see one of my vendor binders. I'm using a clear pencil holder made for binders to hold my drapery pole samples.
Do you have some great organizing ideas to share? I would love to hear them!
Jann Newton is the owner of Newton Custom Interiors, which opened in 2000 and is located in Bloomington, IL. Newton Custom Interiors is an award-winning drapery workroom that offers custom window treatments, pillows and bedding. Jann is a former student of the Custom Home Furnishings Academy and has written articles for the Drapery & Design Magazine. In 2013, Jann started a blog where she shares home décor DIY tutorials with her readers.
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For 110 years, Kirsch has set the standard for style and design in drapery hardware, combining colors and materials to highlight and accentuate any window. The new Buckingham® Collection builds on this tradition and expands the offering to give designers, decorators, and consumers even more choices to make the perfect complement to their soft treatments.
New program highlights include:
New 1 3/8” Finials – 16 new finials at a smaller diameter to better fit medium-sized windows.
Three new 1 3/8” end caps – additional choices for finishing poles in corners or tight spaces.
Two new finishes – Ash and Cottage White. Ash brings out the finer points of the finial with a beautiful taupe glaze, while Cottage White has a gorgeous gray wash to highlight the details in each style. These new colors are available in all Buckingham® products.
Three new 3” finials – new selections in our largest size.
·Three new 3” end caps – to give more options in this very popular style.
The Buckingham® Collection now has a complete line of 1 3/8”, 2”, and 3” finials and end caps. Each size comes with coordinating poles, rings, brackets and accessories. As you may know, the Buckingham® Collection is hand crafted in High Point, North Carolina. Our launch kit pays homage to this heritage as we highlight the effort of American workers to imagine, design, and develop the next generation of this collection. The process starts with skilled professionals hand carving wood models for each individual part. When models are complete and approved, the mold is created and first articles are made. Then the process of hand finishing begins to get the perfect combination of colors to accentuate the details in each piece. We hope you enjoy the new additions to The Buckingham® Collection from Kirsch!
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Invisible Zipper Next to Welt Cord
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At the Custom Workroom Technical Center in Tryon, NC, industry heavyweights Nancy Letts and Jeanelle Dech go head to head comparing methods for inserting invisible zippers in welted pillows. Whose corner are you in?
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Nancy Letts started Pine House Drapery, an award-winning full-service workroom serving interior designers in the lakeside resort communities of northwestern lower Michigan, in 2001, with her husband Rob joining the business as an upholsterer in 2008. Nancy is a Workroom Tech instructor, taught at the Custom Workroom Conference in 2016 & 2017, is a CHFA Career Professional in Slipcovers, a CHFA Alumni Showcase winner in 2012, has written how-to articles forDrapery & Design Professionalmagazine, and is a member of Drapery & Design Pro Network and Designer’s Concierge. You can find Nancy on Facebook and Instagram as Pine House Drapery and on Twitter as @nbletts.
Jeanelle Dech is President and Co-Founder of Adaptive Textiles, an innovative textile printing company in West Chester, PA. She is a friendly and engaging speaker, known for her Fit-Like-a-Glove slipcovers, SPEED sewing method, and workroom profitability training. She is the creative inspiration behind The Workroom Channel's METHOD SHARE and REAL WORKROOM series (www.TheWorkroomChannel.com), and the new Curtains & Soft Furnishings Resource Library (www.curtainsandsoftfurnishingspro.org), which hosts the industry's largest collection of educational resources for Home Décor Professionals.
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Starburst Pillow Tutorial
By Jill Ragan Scully
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Follow the steps in this tutorial to make this beautiful starburst pillow!
Start with a flexible measuring tape and a round knife-edge pillow form.
Choose your welt cord. Firmer welt cord works better and retains the circular shape very well. In this tutorial, I used a foam welt cord often used in the automotive industry. I find it works well on the ends of bolsters and sunburst pillows to retain the desired circular shape.
Measure the perimeter of your knife-edge pillow with the the flexible measuring tape, so you know how long you need to make your covered welt cord and how long to cut your fabric strips. Make the welt cord about 4-8 inches longer than needed so you can join the ends together on the bias. Re-measure circumference and finish your circle of welt cord to go around the perimeter of your pillow form. Dry fit your welt cord before joining/finishing ends and make sure it fits snug without losing its perfect circular shape.
Measure the diameter of your pillow form with a flat metal ruler. Divide that measurement in half. Use this calculation to figure out how wide and long to cut your fabric strips. You may also want to use this opportunity to mark the center on each side of the pillow form so you know where to set your buttons later on.
Add about 1 inch to the height measurement above for seam allowance, and 1.5 inches to the height measurement of your fabric strips (2.5 inches total) so you have a little extra fabric to gather in the center of the pillow and finish with a button. Add two inches to the length for seaming together the raw ends. This will give you a 1 inch seam allowance. If you have a thinner fabric, you should pre-line with interlining and/or lining for a smoother look. If you are working with a fabric that frays easily, or if you prefer serged edges inside your pillows, you should finish at this time.
Place the right sides of the face fabric together, sandwiching the finished welt cord in between the layers and stitch with a zipper foot, beginning about 2 inches from the end and leaving space to seam together the face fabrics.
Gather to center and clip off excess if necessary.
Use pins or a tag gun to center your welt cord on the edge of the pillow to prevent slipping.
Using a heavy upholstery weight thread and large stitches, gather the front and back of the pillow. Tie off a few times to get the pillow cover nice and snug. When you are satisfied with the look you can remove your centering pins.
Secure the button on one side of the pillow with wax covered button twine. Thread through the center of the pillow on one side to the other side making sure to go through the spot you marked on the center of the pillow form previously. Thread the other button on the opposite side and tie off knotting several times to secure.
Ta da! The finished pillow!
Jill Ragan Scully
Working as an interior designer, drapery workroom, and upholsterer for over 20 years, Jill has a strong passion for the soft furnishings industry. This diverse skill set is apparent in each room she designs for her clients. Recognizing a need for increased accessibility to a wider variety of products and services for her colleagues, Jill recently founded My Designer Concierge, a virtual design showroom and social media management company to the trade.
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Once the decision has been made that your project will utilize the Ripplefold Drapery System, there is some important information that you should consider before ordering the hardware. It is recommended that you use only Kirsch Hardware and components in the fabrication of Ripplefold Draperies. Graber offers a similar system, but the components and hardware are slightly different and should not be mixed. Many custom hardware companies offer a Ripplefold option but sometimes the specs can be different and could cause some problems.
We strongly recommend that you purchase the hardware from the workroom fabricating the draperies. In that way, the drapery and the rods can be coordinated. If you are the workroom, then I recommend that you order the hardware and get it in before finishing the top of the drapery. You want to verify master carrier type, fullness, type of carrier, type of baton, and the number of carriers.
Remember, the pleats are formed with two carriers. Therefore you should always have an odd number of individual carriers plus the master. An even number of carriers will result in a half pleat at the return, and the lining will show.
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Example tip: When installing the Ripplefold system for the first time, many try to pull all of the spaces forward toward the room. Actually, it is designed to alternate the space in and out so that the last pleat is out.
Steve Landis is President/CEO and co-owner of Merrill Y. Landis, Ltd (MYL), located in Telford, Pennsylvania, with over fifty-three years' experience in all aspects of the Custom Window Covering Industry. MYL is a family owned and operated business which started in 1949 as a local Retail Custom Window Treatment Outlet and Manufacturing business. Today the company has grown into a regional Custom Window Treatment Workroom/Products Distributor to the Trade Only. The company operates out of an 18,000 sq. ft. facility and employs approximately 70 people. They service the Wholesale Market in the Mid-Atlantic States with free pick-up and delivery service in most areas and ship their products throughout the United States. Steve has a Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing/Management from Temple University, has been trained in Lean Manufacturing Techniques, is involved with his local church and is currently serving on the board of the Bucks-Mont Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Steve is married to his high school sweetheart, Sue, for over 45 years. They have two adult children and four grandchildren ranging in age from 5 - 16.
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March 2018 photo credits
Cynthia Bleskachek, The Funky Little Chair.
Jann Newton, Newton Custom Interiors
Liz Kelly, The Workroom Channel
Ann K. Johnson, Sew Easy Windows
Jill Ragan Scully, My Designer Concierge
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