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What is curtain shirring tape?

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Curtain shirring tape is a narrow, mesh-like strip of fabric with two or more thicker, longer strings running through it. Shirring tape is typically sewn into a curtain's top seam to create a bunched or ruffled appearance. Dramatic decorating projects include shirring tape at the bottom of curtains, as well.

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Shirring tape lays flat until sewn onto the curtain fabric. The tape's strings are pulled to achieve bunching of both the shirring tape and fabric. Higher tension on the strings pulls the fabric tighter, decreases its horizontal length and forms tight, hard bunches. Low string tension creates looser, wave-like ruffles. Though shirring tape is easily adjustable, the ruffles do not unwind once the curtain is secured to its holder.

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