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Old 09-27-2014, 12:02 PM   #1
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Can't attach curtains to sliders!

I've made my curtains, but I'm having a really, really difficult time trying to sew them in place! Is there an easier way?

As you can see from the photos, everything is pretty original to my '66 Ambassador, and I don't want to modify any more than I have to. It looks like the PO was trying to pry the track open enough to get the curtain sliders out, but gave up. Some of the other windows are pried open further, so I can get those sliders out and sew them on to my curtains easily. But then, of course, the curtains tend to fall back out.

I could take the wooden end-cap off, but I'm afraid I will break it. Staple the fabric? Ugly. Pry the track open further? Curtains will fall out. Is there an easy solution that I'm missing?
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Old 09-27-2014, 01:02 PM   #2
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I've made my curtains, but I'm having a really, really difficult time trying to sew them in place! Is there an easier way?

As you can see from the photos, everything is pretty original to my '66 Ambassador, and I don't want to modify any more than I have to. It looks like the PO was trying to pry the track open enough to get the curtain sliders out, but gave up. Some of the other windows are pried open further, so I can get those sliders out and sew them on to my curtains easily. But then, of course, the curtains tend to fall back out.

I could take the wooden end-cap off, but I'm afraid I will break it. Staple the fabric? Ugly. Pry the track open further? Curtains will fall out. Is there an easy solution that I'm missing?
That drape tab, known as the "kirsch" tab, is attached to the drape by being sewn on with a sewing machine.

That's how Airstream did it in all of the four years that tab was used.

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Old 09-27-2014, 02:33 PM   #3
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Easy-peasy.

If you don't want to mess with the valance, you could:

1) drill out the pop rivets holding the track on
2) take the sliders out
3) sew the curtains to the sliders
4) put the sliders with the curtains attached back in the track
5) pop-rivet the track back in place

If the tracks are really messed up, you can straighten them or replace them with new ones while you're at it. New sliders are also available if you have broken or lost ones.

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My curtain attachment arrangement is totally different. May I offer this solution. I would use a drill bit slightly larger than the inner button of the curtain thingy (attacher) inside the track. This will allow you to insert the button into the track with the curtain attached. The closer to the end of the track the better less the button will slip out. once the curtain is installed, I would insert into the track a square nut to which I would screw a screw into. This will prevent the buttons to pass over the drilled hole and come out. I wish I was there to help. It is rather difficult to describe what I mean. I wish you luck.

I just noticed Insideout's suggestion, Great idea. Great minds!
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Can the whole valance come off as one piece ?
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Old 09-27-2014, 06:03 PM   #6
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My curtain attachment arrangement is totally different. May I offer this solution. I would use a drill bit slightly larger than the inner button of the curtain thingy (attacher) inside the track. This will allow you to insert the button into the track with the curtain attached. The closer to the end of the track the better less the button will slip out. once the curtain is installed, I would insert into the track a square nut to which I would screw a screw into. This will prevent the buttons to pass over the drilled hole and come out. I wish I was there to help. It is rather difficult to describe what I mean. I wish you luck.

I just noticed Insideout's suggestion, Great idea. Great minds!
Drill a hole... why didn't I think of that? That worked perfectly for me. Of course, hubby knocked off the wooden end-cap in the process, so now I have TWO options.
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