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Old 03-14-2011, 07:11 PM   #57
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KerriO,

I had the same problem with my drapes after I hand washed them. The tightness was more pronounced on the front curtains and not so much on the side curtains. I figured maybe they had shrunk until someone pointed out to me that I was dealing with the compound curvature of the inside of the trailer, and that if the curtain panels were sewn square at the top and bottom to the sides they would likely fit tight especially when moving around the front curvature of the corners. She said think of how the outside panels were cut on older airstreams, they are somewhat trapezoid in shape and that the curtains needed be slightly trapezoid in shape to move smoothly around the curve. The way around this is to slightly oversize the panels top to bottom or make four panels instead for the front or use a fabric that has a slight stretch to it. (I know there's something about the grain and bias of the fabric and whether of not it's synthetic)

So.....for mine, I don't know if it was there was shrinkage or it was simply that I was dealing with two very wide curtain panels going around that front curve but, after a couple of months they loosened up and move fine.

Anyway, I'm glad you had the same luck washing yours that I had with mine. It sure saved some money until I can get new ones and decide on the fabric.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:14 PM   #58
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Tbrich did my cushions but he also does drapes.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:15 PM   #59
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Are you sure you put the curtains right side up upon re-installation? The bottoms of the pano curtains are wider than the tops and if you put them on upside down, they do not fit well...and the bottoms will them be to tight...
This could very well be the case! I will have to take another look.
If that is the case, then there may have been no shrinking. (I was pretty surprised that they'd shrink with such a low cotton content and an all cold-water bath).
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:33 PM   #60
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Hi from Ga. . . I sent an e-mail to 'JPA drapes' a couple morths ago and they responded to look for a package/samples/prices/etc from them. After 2 months I sent a "Well?' e-mail last week and it came back undeliverable. I know this is an old thread, but ? ? ? wonder if they're still in bidness...regards, Craig
I also got a response from JPA in July 2010, but the info. never arrived. So...I made the drapes myself (and I'm not much of a seamstress). I bought lined room-darkening panels, cut them down, ordered glides/slides, bought stitch-wichery, put them together, and they look great!
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Old 03-20-2011, 07:56 PM   #61
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I finally got a chance to go back to the storage facility and take a look at how we put the drapes on. It turns out that we did have some of the panels upside down. When I corrected their positions and orientations, they fit perfectly. So I take back my assumption that there was some shrinkage. Since that's the case, I have nothing bad to say about washing your own late-model Safari/International drapes.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:19 PM   #62
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I took the Oxyclean advice, (Thank you...I better click that button) hot water to activate, cold water to soak, clothesline to dry and 40 years of stuff came out. Smell and gross is gone. Still not "new", but better...Shrinkage does not see to be a problem. (I can't get that Seinfeld episode out my mind now..haha "I was in the pool...." haha) I too can't decide on what I'm going to do for a fabric, but I'm a DIY kinda guy and my sixth grade home-ed teacher once said that she'd never seen a better sewn button..... With that advice I have helpful sisters and a mother-in-law to be that have all offered help. I can't see spending $800+ . . that money will be spent on something I cant do.....or better yet on a PK Grill.

Now if someone could send me to a place that has design ideas... That would be helpful. Is there a AS interior designer out there? What did people wear in 1969? or better yet what did their living room look like in 1969? Is 1969 more like the '70's or is more like the 60's? My quest continues. . .
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i have just finished making curtains for my argosy and they are fanastic!!! I used the old ones as a pattern. I only issue was the snaps as I could not find them in at the material store. Does anyone know where they can be found.
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:17 PM   #64
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Cool Airstream curtains

My wife is making new ones now, we got the snaps at Joann Fabric shops for our 68 safari. There are differant sizes, so be take a old one. Good luck
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Ok, I had a lady to come out and look at the drapes in the camper she suggested I use sunbrella fabric. She wanted to line them in vinyl (yuck). By the time she gave me her price I've decided to wash all the front curtains in oxyclean. Replace the twin bed curtains and put binds up above the sink window and bathroom window. So i'll let you know how the washing goes.
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:32 PM   #66
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Ok, I had a lady to come out and look at the drapes in the camper she suggested I use sunbrella fabric. She wanted to line them in vinyl (yuck). By the time she gave me her price I've decided to wash all the front curtains in oxyclean. Replace the twin bed curtains and put binds up above the sink window and bathroom window. So i'll let you know how the washing goes.
K, I used the oxiclean method and there fresher smelling but still a yellow color. Does any one know if there a cream or a white? I read how some were surprised they turned out white. Mine are a creamy yellow. Is that the color there supposed to be?
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:56 AM   #67
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K, I used the oxiclean method and there fresher smelling but still a yellow color. Does any one know if there a cream or a white? I read how some were surprised they turned out white. Mine are a creamy yellow. Is that the color there supposed to be?
The original color was a very light "ivory".

They were very close to the color of a "manila folder".

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The original color was a very light "ivory".

They were very close to the color of a "manila folder".

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we took out our sofa had it recovered & now we can't remember how to re-install it do you know how? this looks kind of like ours - the back piece which folds over is the issue
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Hi from Ga. . .An update on previous post concerning JPA Drapes, who advertise in Blue Beret. A fellow Streamer @ Springstream said just call them, so I did. Very nice lady, 1 woman gang kind of a deal. She sent samples, took my measurements, provided prices all in very short order. (NOT CHEAP) We are going to order tomorrow and will post the results when it happens., regards, Craig
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