Sewing on Flex Tabs?

Discussion in 'Cushion, Curtains, Carpets, Bedding, Clothing Stor' started by 82shark, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. 82shark

    82shark New Member

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    Anyone know if the flex tabs that you can order online are pre-perforated or do you have to sew through them? Im getting some custom curtains made by a friend and want to know if the sewing machine will be able to stitch through them?
    Ed

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    My mom made new curtains for our last pup, and she said the sewing machine just sewed right through the tabs, no problem at all. The ones I bought were not perforated.


    Sue

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    I've used them to make curtains. They're not perforated, but if you use a good denim needle in your sewing machine, you'll be able to poke right through them without a problem. When they are new, the plastic is much softer than the old ones you are probably replacing!!!!

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    I'm glad I saw this thread...

    I was looking at my pup today and thinking about making new curtains...where do you get the flex tabs?
     
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    You can remove them from your old curtains. I was missing a few so I bought some at a local camper acessories store. Dealers might have them too.

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    http://popupparts.com/store/

    This where I ordered mine. Worked fine, but the sewing machine has some problems sewing through them. It does ok, but the thread pulls out when trying to go through them. Ended up stapling them on.

    Ed
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    Do you use a ballpoint needle (universal) to sew the curtains? I believe it should make it easier to penetrate the tabs but I'm not sure
     
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    Actually, a #15 denim needle or a leather needle would be best for sewing over the tabs, they are strong and have really sharp points for piercing multiple layers of denim or leather.

    I am looking for the "U" shaped tabs that are sew-in for my coleman/fleetwood. Anyone know where to find them? Most places that sell replacement curtains list them as available on the curtains but don't sell that style separately. They are shaped like the snap-on tabs, but are a different size.

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    I used the same old regular needles that came with my sewing machine and had no problem sewing over the tabs. The new ones are much easier to sew than the old ones I took off. I have no experience with sewing and it was pretty easy. I also changed the cushions on the benches with a good staple machine and it all turned out beautiful. We have a 84 coleman redwood so we choose earth tones. The only thing I would have done different is I would have choosen a material with more polyester than cotton so it would not fall more and not wrinkle.

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