Daily Archives: April 21, 2010

Art with My Needle ~ Week 34

Have you ever recorded a curtain track or pole?

Many years ago now, the pull cord on my living room curtain track broke mid-pull!  I held the pressure longer  than I should and ended up with the broken end of the cord in my hand.  There was nothing for it but to take down the curtains and the track.

With the track spread across the floor I attempted to re thread it.  I failed miserably.

I decided to visit a shop that sold curtains and tracks.  Bringing my trusty husband Jack to aid me in my quest, we went armed with a notebook and pen.  The notebook was about 2″ X 3″ and proved very useful.  Studying several poles and tracks I discovered they were all threaded in the same way.  It was time to set to work.

I drew a diagram and numbered the various points on the track mechanism, while Jack held the track steady.  I marked where the cord began and which direction it travelled all the way to the final knot.

Once home I re-drew the diagram in a more manageable size adding a little colour and direction arrows.  Then I added simple notes of each stage.

This piece of paper has been used many times since then to help when replacing pulling cord.

Remember you are looking at the back of the track in the diagram above (reverse side of the curtains).  If the tension wheel is on the opposite end of the window then reverse the order of the instructions.  The easiest way to do this is to trace the diagram onto tracing paper and work from the back of your new drawing.

In case you have trouble reading my handwriting here are the instructions:

a) Begin with a strong knot at fig 4.
b) Take the cord to the back and out over fig 2.
c) Leave a long loop to go through tension wheel.
d) Take the loose end up and over figs 1 & 2 and under Fig 3 & 4 through fig 5 and around fig 5A.
e) Next go over and around fig 6 then back under fig 5 and finally up through fig 3 to finish with a strong knot.

If the centre closing is off-line, release the cord at 5A and make the adjustments.  Remember to then lift the cord back over 5A, it holds the tension.

I keep a pair of tweezers and a fine crochet hook beside me as I work.  They are very handy to help negotiate the cord along the track.  A pair of scissors is needed to cut the cord when finished.