I need get two roller blinds . I have priced a pair at £80 made to measure
( they are a long drop) .
I can get a kitr to make a pair at £30 with the cost of fabric being extra
Has anyone eher ever made roller blinds . i was wondering how easy it is
.I do know that the fabric has to be stiffened and you can buy solution
for this or use dilute PVA .
Any tips are welcome .
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They are easy enough to make, but it is better to buy blind fabric which is
ready stiffened. St Alban blinds sell fabric if you are in the Herts area.
The key points to watch out for are:-
1) The roller mechanism is extremely critical if it is a spring back design.
Long blinds with nylon mechanisms suffer from friction welding if the rise
up speed is too fast. The best mechanisms were Swedish and metal, but these
seem to have disappeared now.
2) Plastic chain operating mechanisms seem more long lived than cord
3) If the blind is wide as well as long, it is best to use a metal or wooden
4) Long blinds may need two pieces of fabric stitched together. Best done
with a zigzag sewing stitch.
5) Getting the fabric attached squarely on the roller is critical, to ensure
that the blind drops without skewing off to one side. Double sided sticky
tape is adequate if a turn and a half is left on the roller at full
Hope this helps
They're actually called Alban Blinds. They don't have a website,
according to their ad in the Yellow Pages, but can be contacted on 01727
844822 or 01234 824440. They have a stall in the Snorbens Market
(Wednesdays and Saturdays). We bought the awning on our office window
(faces SW) from them 7 or 8 years ago and are very happy with it.
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