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The top is always reinforced with heavy jute or nylon webbing and may be equipped with:
Snap Hooks, attached with nylon straps and two rivets, used for most traveler curtains. (Note: we prefer snap-hooks over CCF2 or S-hooks. The riveted strap tends to hold up better over time, especially for heavy or lined curtains.)
The images below show the snap hooks with hidden straps. At iWeiss we automatically fabricate curtains at 20' high or less with nylon straps hidden behind the pleats, riveted only through the webbing for a cleaner look on the face of the curtain. At 20' high and above the nylon strap will sandwich the pleats and be riveted through them with the nylon strap exposed on the face and back of the curtain for added strength.
Grommets and Tie Lines (for dead-hung curtains), usually spaced 12” on center.
Hidden Snap Hooks, attached with nylon strap and two rivets, but the top of the hook is flush with the top of the curtain and not visible from the front for a cleaner look.
Hidden Tie Line webbing is double grommeted before it is sewn to the curtain. The tie line is pulled through the double grommets and stitched in place to keep it neatly in place. Both the lines and pipe batten will be hidden from view.
Side edges usually have a 2" hem.
The leading edge of a bi-parting traveler curtain, especially a main curtain, usually has a full width or a half width of face fabric turned back. This is called a "faceback" and it prevents the audience from seeing the backside of the curtain when in motion or during paging.
Sometimes a paging handle is sewn to the faceback to facilitate opera type bows.
A flying proscenium curtain may also be guided by cable along the sides. This type of finish requires side guides spaced evenly along the outside edge.
4" Hem - for borders
6" Hem - for full height curtains
Some full height curtains and backdrops require additional weights to make them fall as plumb as possible and keep them from moving (because of a draft or otherwise).
You will frequently find a chain specified to add weight to the bottom hem of a curtain with fullness. We prefer using tape weights as they are quieter and never bunch up.
The tape weights are sewn to the top seam of the bottom hem clear of the bottom edge. This will also cause less wear and tear on the bottom edge of the curtain.