Cafe Curtains for the Kitchen

Cafe curtains are great for adding privacy to a kitchen. These kitchen curtains span across the lower half of the window leaving a gap above the curtain allowing in plenty of light. Plus you can look out without anyone looking in. They add privacy without blocking the view or the light too much.

As cafe curtains are informal in style, they are particularly suitable for kitchens, in fact it is unlikely that they will be suitable for other rooms in your home. These curtains originated in the cafes of Europe, where they allowed patrons to drink their coffee and enjoy the street scene without being viewed from outside. Because of their origins, they are often called French cafe curtains.

For the heading on cafe style curtains, you can use a simple casement heading through which you slot a rod, which must be positioned at the the right height above the window sill or lower edge. You could also use tab tops or simple tie tops for a heading.

As for fabrics for kitchen cafe curtains, you can use anything from very sheer voile or organza to very heavy cotton or linen. Sheer cafe curtains are best with gathered casement or tie top headings whereas the heavier fabrics are better for tab tops.

If you would like to decorate the top of your windows, you can do so with a window valance and often cafe window curtains and matching valances (so-called kitchen curtain tiers) are sold in a set. These tiered curtains are mainly suitable for family kitchens and those with a country look rather than ultra modern kitchens. You will find many examples of lace cafe curtains and valances which you would not dream of putting next to gleaming stainless steel and shiny cabinets. If you have a contemporary kitchen go for a tab top cafe curtain either in a plain fabric or one with a striped or plaid design.

Here are some great examples of cafe and tier kitchen curtains. Of course, there is not space to show many examples so if you do not see anything to your liking take a look at the huge selection of discount cafe curtains for sale.

cafe curtain 1aBeautifuly embroidered white cafe curtain with eyelet detail. Can be easily slotted onto a rod across the window. 100% easy care polyester.

 

 

 

 

 

cafe curtain 3Bone colored (off white) kitchen curtains with yellow and white embroidered daisies, button centers and green embroidered leaves. Matching valance available. 100% polyester, machine washable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

cafe curtain 4These attractive green cafe curtains have matching valances with gathered headings and green gingham trim. 70% Polyester/ 30% Cotton

 

 

 

 

 

cafe curtains 5Striking sunflower design on this cafe style kitchen curtain set. Matching valance and swags included to complete the tier. 70% cotton, 30% polyester. Easy Care.

 

 

 

 

 

cafe curtains 6Priscilla 24″ Kitchen Curtains with standard rod pocket. Matching valance available separately. Machine washable 100% easy care polyester.

Getting To Know Your New Sewing Machine

Having purchased your new sewing machine the next question to ask is how you are going to get the best from it. This may sound an odd question to ask, but the reality is that setting up an unfamiliar machine can be quite a daunting experience. There is much to work out, ranging from how to thread the sewing machine for the various stitches, which implicitly includes how to utilize all the features that the sewing machine has incorporated within it. You can literally have the best sewing machine on the market and still not get this right.

Establish A Working Space For Your Sewing Machine

First you should establish a place to locate your sewing machine while you get used to using it. The reason for this is to ensure that you can easily sit down and start sewing quickly and easily. It is amazing how much an impediment getting the sewing machine out can be when you are thinking about trying a sewing project out. The space should be free from clutter and allow you room to spread out when planning your projects.

know-your-machinePractice Setting The Machine Up From Scratch

You want the process of setting up your machine to be as straightforward and hassle free as possible. The best way to do this is to practice setting it up from scratch a few times. This does not mean to suggest that you should be able to do this blindfolded, but familiarity with the way the thread flows is an important aspect of using the sewing machine properly and one good way to attain this knowledge is to actually set it up a number of times so that it goes from the box to ready to use.

Select An Easy Material

When learning your new sewing machine you really want to focus on only one thing at a time, as is noted in the point above. So when contemplating your first project you will want to narrow down the variables as much as possible. Our suggestion for this is to select material that is easy to work with. We think that cotton fits this bill most closely. It is easy to work with, does not fray easily at the edges and perhaps most important of all it does not stretch when feeding it through the machine.

Select A Straightforward Project

Very much following along the lines of keeping things simple, the first projects you should consider undertaking are simple, straightforward projects that do not require complex stitching and in the main the seams are straight. This will allow you to become familiar with the way the machine feels and allows the material to be fed through the sewing area. You can also concentrate on getting a smooth straight stitch without having to worry about the project as a whole.

Summary

When getting to know your new sewing machine the central advice is always going to be – just do it! This means that you should just do your best to use your sewing machine for as many projects as you can think of as quickly as possible, because experience is always the best teacher. However, it is always worth optimizing your learning process by ensuring that you keep the variables over which you are attempting to exert control as few as possible, which is what we have tried to suggest in this article.

Here is a really useful youtube video on the same topic.