Recently, in my quest to make curtains for the basement windows, I discovered my sewing machine is broken. It worked long enough for me to hem one side of the fabric, and then a couple of pieces just popped off. My manual had nothing helpful to say about these pieces or where they fit on the machine. After sulking for a day (me, not the machine, although it may have been sulking too …) I realized I could hem the sides with fusible tape and hand-sew the rod pocket. It actually didn’t take too long.
Knowing how to sew will really open up a whole new level of DIY home design for you, because you will have so many more options for fabric color, texture, trim and size. You may save money as well, if you can find some super-discounted fabric at a place like SCRAP or Knittn Kitten. Both of my basement curtains cost me only $5.50 to make using fabric from SCRAP; they would have been $30 at a place like Target. And I have enough fabric left over to make a bed covering!