Lisa's Blog for Drapestyle

Lisa's Blog for DrapeStyle

For Well Over a Decade DrapeStyle has Manufactured the Finest Custom Drapery Available for Designers and Homeowners in the US and Canada

Posts Tagged ‘American Made Drapery’

Still Time to Order Your Custom Drapes for the Holidays!

Can you believe that it’s almost November again?!?!?  Wasn’t it just the middle of summer?  At DrapeStyle this is our busiest time of the year.  We love the Holidays but it is really crunch time for us getting everyone their brand new custom drapes delivered in time for Thanksgiving and all of the Holidays which are fast approaching.  If you have not ordered yet for the Holiday than we urge you to please measure up those windows and give us a call for pricing.  Our Designers would be happy to help you check your window sizes and determine the best drapery or Roman Shades to really make your Home shine for the Holiday season!  And, to help you along, we have some of our very best prices ever right now, so hurry!

 

Making of the Silk Hotel Drape at DrapeStyle

I know that we “say it” all of the time, but it really is amazing to see how talented our Team of Seamstresses are.  They make hundreds of custom drapery panels every month and they make each one by hand.  Our Silk Hotel Drape is one of Decorators favorite styles and we love to watch them being made.

Our Seamstresses start by “Tabling” the drape, which means that they roll the fabric out onto a table and hand cut the the silk fabric to the correct length and width.  Once the drapery fabrics are rolled out and cut, our Seamstresses will then have to cut the trim fabric that distinguishes the Hotel Drape.  They cut yards of silk fabric into long strips…by hand.  They then lay the strips of fabric onto the drapery fabric and pin it, by hand every few inches.  They do this all the way around the perimeter of the drapery panel.  Once they are satisfied with the position of the trim they will tack it down with a small amount of special fabric glue.  The glue will hold the trim in place so that it can move through the sewing machines without moving.  It takes us about 6-7 hours to make 1 pair of Silk Hotel Drapes or Linen Hotel Drapes.  I know that they cost a little more than our standard silk or linen drapes but if you came and watched your draperies being made by these wonderful Seamstresses I promise you that you would think that they are a “bargain”.

I know that today with all of our technology and almost everything that we have in our homes being imported from China it is hard to believe that there are still amazing and wonderful People who are making Products right here in America.  At DrapeStyle we are all truly honored to be part of American Craftsmanship and Manufacturing.

We really, really hope that you enjoy your DrapeStyle Drapes.

 

silk drapes by drapestyle

Applying the Silk Trim to the Base Fabric of the Hotel Drape by DrapeStyle

 

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Applying the Silk Trim to the Base Fabric of the Hotel Drape

 

The Finished Silk Hotel Drapery by DrapeStyle

 

One of our Amazing Seamstresses at work.

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One of Our Amazing Seamstresses.

 

A Job Well Done!

A Job Well Done!

 

 

 

 

 

 
Christian Sinatra

Modern Drapes. Vintage Machines.

At DrapeStyle we like to think of ourselves as on the “cutting-edge” of technology.  I mean we have the iPad Apps, we are “Cloud Based” and our phones are VOIP.  Yes, we are cutting-edge.  We have cutting-edge technology in our Workroom too.  Cutting-edge circa 1936.  I love this equipment.  The sewing machines that we use to manufacturer our drapes are straight out of the Industrial Revolution.  These things are made out of steel, not a piece of plastic to be seen.  They run 14 hours a day, 5 days a week.  When I say “run”, I mean they are sewing, in constant motion for 10-12 hours a day and they have been doing that for roughly 60 + years.  It is truly an amazing feat of “Technology”.  We keep them maintained and well oiled and aside from that they just work.  No re-booting required.  Some of these machines have made tens of thousands of custom drapes.

Let me introduce you to a few of them…

First, I’d like you to meet our “Tacker”.  This machine was made in Leeds England in the late 1940’s by the Adamson Machine Company.  The Company has long been out of business so they obviously “don’t make these anymore”.  The tacker is used for making drapery pleats like a French Pleat or Pinch Pleat.  The Tacker just makes one deep stitch over-and-over again.  The tacker is very powerful and is capable of sewing through multiple layers of lining and interlinings without missing a beat.  If you own a Drapery Manufacturing Company you simply “must have” this machine or one like it and, you seriously can not buy one of these “new”.  As a matter of fact, this one is just getting broken in and should be around long after all us are gone.

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The Adamson Vintage Drapery Tacker.

 

 

Now let me introduce you to our Drapery Pleater.  We have a few of these by my favorite has to be our Singer 269.  The 269 began it’s life in the 1950’s as a “Tacker” like the Adamson but in the 1970’s a Company from New York called Camatron started to convert old 269’s into Drapery Pleating Machines.  The converted 269’s are a highly coveted work horse for Drapery Workrooms and are still very popular.  Like the Adamson, they work all day long without skipping a beat.

 

 

Singer 269 Sewing Machine

The Singer 269 Drapery Pleating Machine.

 

 

The “Youngster” of our Crew has to be our US Blindstitch Machine.  The Blindstitch is used to stitch the sides of the drapery panels in a very specific way.  The stitch that the Blindstitch is “loose” so that the sides of the drapery panels don’t pucker or wrinkle.  The tension of the stitch is very critical and varies depending on the thickness of the drapery fabric being used.  Our US Blindstich was built in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

 

US Blindstitch Machine

Our US Blindstitch Machine

 

I sincerely look at all of these machines as works of art and I love to watch them run.  When I think about the talent that went into designing this “technology” I am simply astonished considering that these machines were designed and manufactured before the computer age.  These machines were literally designed using a slide rule and a calculator and they work within a hairs-width tolerance.

There are plenty of people who question why we would be making custom drapes in America when we could simply have them made in India, Pakistan or China.  I guess that the only answer I can give is that we are passionate about what we do, the tools we do it with and the Customers we do it for.  We’ll keep making custom drapes right here in American as long as American’s keep buying our Custom Drapes.

 

 
Christian Sinatra

DrapeStyle’s Custom Drapery Workroom – Costa Mesa

Sometimes I think that it is worth reminding our Customers that when you order from DrapeStyle all of your drapes, shades and roman blinds are made right here in our Costa Mesa Workroom.  I know that for many people that really doesn’t matter but for some, we think it does.  Our drapes are made, by hand, by professional seamstresses who have on average 23 years of experience making beautiful custom made drapes.

DrapeStyle products are never made by child labor in Pakistan, India or China.  We realize that making our products in the US where we pay a livable wage, provide workers comp insurance and even provide lunch for our Employees means that our drapes may cost a bit more than others.  We’re Family at DrapeStyle and we believe we have the greatest People in the business making the very best custom made curtains and drapery available.

Before you buy your next window treatments you may want to think about where those drapes were made.  It may make a difference to you.

Thanks as always.

 

DrapeStyles Custom Drapery Workroom in Orange County, California

DrapeStyle makes all of our drapes by hand in Orange County, California

DrapeStyle Offers Special Financing – No Interest

DrapeStyle, Today announced a new Consumer Financing Program in conjunction with “Bill Me Later” a division of PayPal.  Qualifying Consumers who purchase new Custom Window Treatments from DrapeStyle will receive the option of making no payments and pay no interest for 6 months.

“This is a great way for our Customers to make improvements to their homes and reduce their cash-flow for a period of time.  Anything we can do to help increase Customer’s spending power is a good thing for our Customers, DrapeStyle and the economy in general” said Christian Sinatra, CEO of DrapeStyle.

Details of the Program are available here.

Customers Outside of California Save the Sales Tax When Buying at DrapeStyle.com!

We thought it might be a good idea, as today is April 15th, to make a short entry regarding the dreaded subject of “Taxation”. Fortunately, for Customers of DrapeStyle and many other Internet Retailers, at least for the time-being, the news is good. As of today, DrapeStyle is only required to collect Sales Tax for online purchases which are being shipped to a California Address. This is because our DrapeStyle Business locations, or Nexus, are all based in California. So if you are lucky enough to be living outside of California, than No Sales Tax for you! For many of our Customers in states with high sales tax rates this can mean you are saving 6-10% on your order. No bad.

Unfortunately for all of us, the good news may not last for long. There are proposals being debated in Congress that, if ratified, would require that Internet Retailers begin collecting sales tax for sales transacted with residents in the States of Maryland and Hawaii. While these “State-Specific” Tax Changes may be the early adopters, the successful passage of such legislation would set the stage for a National Internet Sale Tax in the future.