How to Sew Facing Edges to Enclosure Curtains

Item # X-HT-300533

Boat enclosure curtain panels usually have a marine canvas or vinyl border that is sewn around the perimeter of the vinyl window material. These facing edges have zippers that are easy attachment points to the rest of your enclosure. In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to cut and make your own facing strips and sew them on window material.

Learn how to sew facing edges for a boat enclosure curtain.

Instead of buying prefabricated facing strips to sew onto your vinyl window panel, we'll show you how to save money by sewing and attaching your own facing strips. Plus, by sewing your own facing strips you can customize them and make them whatever size you like. This project may seem difficult, but you don't need to be an experienced sewer to conquer this DIY. Our video walks you through every step of the process and explains everything in detail. Even beginners will be able to follow along and make great-looking facing strips for their boat enclosure curtains.

In this video, we've already sewn a sample of a roll-up vinyl window with a curved zipper. If you're starting at the very beginning and need to sew a window, check out our two previous video tutorials. You can learn how to sew a curved zipper in a vinyl window (#300531XHT) or take it up a notch by sewing a window with a curved zipper and a permanent screen installed to keep those pesky bugs out of your enclosure (#300532XHT).

This video is packed with useful sewing tips that you'll be able to apply toward other sewing projects as well! You’ll learn how to measure and pattern your curtain; how to hem, baste and sew your facing strips; how to sew zippers; and how to sew binding to hide raw edges. We’ll even show you how to position your zippers so that the zipper teeth are flush with the fabric and hidden from the sun to protect them from harsh UV rays and deterioration.

Watch the video below to get started on this DIY project!

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Video Chapters:

  • Taking Measurements of Curtain — 0:54 min.
  • Cutting Facing Strips — 3:51 min.
  • Hemming Non-Zipper Facings — 7:19 min.
  • Hemming & Sewing Zipper Side Facing — 10:13 min.
  • Basting & Sewing Top & Bottom Facings — 17:29 min.
  • Basting & Sewing Non-Zipper Side Facing — 23:00 min.
  • Basting & Tacking Zipper Side Facing — 24:21 min.
  • Hemming & Sewing Zipper Side Facing — 27:29 min.
  • Trimming Ends — 31:57 min.
  • Sewing Binding on Edges — 32:55 min.
  • Sewing Zipper on Top Edge — 37:52 min.
  • Materials & Tools List — 42:09 min.

Materials List:

  • Sunbrella® Marine Grade Fabric from Sailrite
  • Seamstick 3/8" Basting Tape for Canvas (50 yds.) #129
  • YKK® Finished Zipper #10 Black Double Pull (VISLON® Chain) #104843
  • Seamstick 1/4" Basting Tape for Canvas & Upholstery (50 yds.) #104167
  • V-92 Polyester or Lifetime Thread from Sailrite
  • Sunbrella® Acrylic Bias Binding Tape 1" from Sailrite (we used Black #12400)
  • YKK® Zipper #10 Stainless Steel Top Stop (VISLON®) #100207
  • YKK® Finished Zipper #10 Black Single Pull (VISLON® Chain) #104830

Tools List:

  • Clear Acrylic Ruler 6" x 24" #102400
  • Scribe‑All® Black Marking Pencil for Vinyl #121977
  • Comfort Grip Rotary Cutter 60mm #9655
  • Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat 24" x 36" #120257
  • Chalk Pencil Cartridge Set #121669
  • Scratch Awl Yellow #2354
  • Sailrite® Canvas Patterning Ruler #107040
  • Sailrite® Ultrafeed® LSZ‑1 PLUS Walking Foot Sewing Machine (110V) #300602
  • Sailrite® Ultrafeed® Industrial Sewing Table & Workhorse® Servo Motor #120931