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      Corded Pencil Pleat Tapes
      Mactapes Ltd

      The Mancunian Company of Curtain Tape Weavers






      Our corded pocket tapes are made to a number of designs.

      The standard reversible or double sided pencil pleat is the most popular.  The draw cords and pockets run on both sides of the tape and these tapes pleat with the popular 'S' style pencil pleat.  Reversible 'S' pleat tapes have a fully variable fullness but typically curtains need to be made with at least twice fullness to give a pleasing depth of pleat.

      Single sided tapes will typically have the pockets one just one side of the tape so a little care must be taken to ensure that the tape is sewn on with the pockets away from the fabric.  One advantage of this design is that, as the pockets are further apart than on a double sided tape, the pocket cord is less likely to pull though the tape so the pockets are less likely to stretch. Although this tape can be made with an S pleat it is more common for the draw cord to pass in and out of the fabric of the tape between the pleats or to pass through specially made 'tubes' so that the individual pleats are separated by a flat section.  This design is often referred to as a 'D' pleat and is the classic pencil pleat design used in most of the more expensive pencil pleat tapes.  

      Economy tapes are made with cost in mind and are generally 19 picks per inch. With no sewing lines, classic black line, brown or blue line.

      Standard tapes have 21 picks and are therefore of better quality as they are stiffer and stronger than the economy variants. Choice of coloured sewing lines including white!

      Super tapes have 24 picks and are high quality variants. The additional weft density requires longer weaving patterns and as well as providing additional stiffness and strength this variant also gives exceptional hold on the pocket cords, almost eliminating sag on standard weight fabrics.  For heavy weight fabrics we would always recommend the use of woven pocket tapes.

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