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Old 09-19-2013, 02:59 PM   #29
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I don't know about silver threads but Tin Can Interiors is still on the web and in business and they are located near Sandusky, Ohio. My wife and I sub contract with Tin can interiors.
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:25 AM   #30
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Any photos are only in my minds eye for the new curtains I'm planning for the 1973 Argosy 24. I'll post in future, provided they aren't a complete disaster.

I'm just not a fan of pinch pleats, so I'll be using 1" drapery shirring heading tape which will give a flatter, shorter finish at the top and bottom of the drapes where they attach via G and C slides to the track. This tape (see photo showing 3" wide heading), available in 1" through 4" widths, gathers the fabric up to 3x fabric width, but can be loosened to 2x or even less. One could think of the resulting gathers as mini-mini-pleats. From reading advice here on Airforum, I will sew the hundreds of glides with elastic at least 3" apart.

A search for "drapery heading shirring tape" brings up a wealth of sources, if you want to try this idea on for size.
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Old 02-01-2014, 11:46 AM   #31
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We are new airstream lovers! I am going to make our curtains but need to find glides for our 1969 over lander or Did you have any luck substituting glides for drapery tape?I have lots of sewing experience but don't want to make a mistake with the expensive fabric . Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-01-2014, 11:50 AM   #32
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Have you ever used glide tape or buckram for extra stiffness ?
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Old 02-01-2014, 12:32 PM   #33
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We are new airstream lovers! I am going to make our curtains but need to find glides for our 1969 over lander or Did you have any luck substituting glides for drapery tape?I have lots of sewing experience but don't want to make a mistake with the expensive fabric . Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Check Vintage Trailer Supply for the glides.

I used 3" curtain stiffener at the top and bottom for the triple pleats when I did the curtains in our '71 Tradewind. Pictures are in our blog in my sig line.
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Old 02-02-2014, 03:09 PM   #34
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Yes, I did use 3" stiffener top and bottom for the bedroom window lined curtains--the mid-weight cotton fabric really needed it. I didn't pleat those curtains, just sewed the glides on every 2 inches so that when open the curtains look pleated and organized, but when closed they are flat. Thus, the curtains can be pushed well back from the windows--lots less cluttered and gives access to the electrical receptacle.

Vintage Trailer is the place to go for glides with elastic--priced competitively and lovely service.
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Old 02-02-2014, 04:17 PM   #35
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The front dinette ended up being our full time bed, so for privacy reasons, our curtains are seldom open. Our fabric is pretty sheer when backlit, so the pleats help for privacy and sleeping in past dawn.

newtoto.com has cheap interior fabrics
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Old 02-02-2014, 11:31 PM   #36
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Webspinner, like you, we wanted privacy at our Argosy "Lounge" wrap around windows, but light enough so we won't have to open the curtains on a regular basis. I used a 1" gathering tape and unlined relatively heavy-weight cotton gauze which is not opaque to light but is not see-through even at night, due to fabric weight plus the 2x gathering. Also, the gauze is a bit stretchy so the curtains are taut to the window. They look rather professional, even if I say so myself. I'll post photos when they are up--still sewing on scores of elastic glides! Initially placed them four inches apart to test the fit, so now filling in at 2" intervals. I'll check out newtoto.com. My son loves working on the trailers, he has discovered, so we're on the look out for another Argosy project--time to think about another decorating scheme.
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:04 PM   #37
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I'm about to have drapes made for my '64 Safari. I would really like to make them as original as possible. Does anybody have any pictures or know any details like how big the pleats are? What kind of fabrics did they use then? Any help would really be appreciated.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:00 AM   #38
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I need some curtains made

I suggest contacting Terry and Greg at AZBama Decors. I'm sure they would be helpful to you. However, I understand ideally you are hoping to find someone with a similar unit to get a go-by. Best of luck on your remodel!
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:02 PM   #39
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Who is JPA and where are they located? Also, do you have phone number, email address, or web site link for them? Thanks



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>Tammy (Silver Threads) made curtains for our first Airstream

I just wanted to echo that the links for Silver Threads don't work, and I can't find them in the Google. Did they go out of business?

I have JPA working on ours.
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:06 AM   #40
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My drapes from JPA Drapes came in the mail yesterday and they are beautiful. I'll post pictures later, but here is the link: Drapes For Airstream and Argosy Trailers
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64Lincoln, I'm delighted to hear it! We have been traveling full time in our rehabbed '70 Overlander for 6 months.

I want you to know how specatacularly these JPA drapes have held up with daily, rough use. We pull them open and closed many times a day to regulate the temp in the coach, as we dislike using our AC. The fabric gets tugged around a lot, and not always gently. Edit: *Never* gently.

After 6 months, the Marmoleum is showing some fatigue, the upholstery on our gaucho is dingy and there are water stains on our kitchen woodwork, but the drapes still look new. (Yes, we are hard on our interiors.)

Edited to add: These are taupe. I decided the color of dirt was the most practical. But I could have gone with one of the gold shades to keep the interior closer to the original, I think it could have survived the handling.

I'll see if I can post a pic from my iPad:
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Old 02-08-2015, 12:07 PM   #42
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Can someone please post contact information on someone who could make me some curtains for my 71 Tradewind. I have the fabric.
I just had Carey from Air Drapes - Curtains in Pen Argyl, PA make mine. She went above and beyond making them happen in time for my trip. She had to go to 3 stores to match the fabric, and spent all day driving around! I would highly recommend there services.
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