Touch and close pencil pleat tape is sewn along the top of the blind to give 200-300% fullness. Loop or ring tape is sewn at 30-40cm intervals down the length of the blind. Cord is threaded through to the headrail and locking mechanism. The blind is attached directly to the headrail by means of the touch and close tape.
Two distinct Roman blind effects can be created. Using loop tape, soft, natural folds result. For a crisp modern look (hardfold), steel rods are inserted into tubular tapes that have been sewn horizontally at 30-40cm intervals. Rod rings are spaced as required. Cord is again threaded though to the headrail and locking mechanism.
The velcro heading is simply pressed onto the headrail. The effect here is a hard structured fold. By omitting alternate steel rods in the blind, a semi-hard fold is produced with clearly defined panels but soft folds.
Normal ruffling tape is used to create the pleats, or box pleats may be sewn in. Depending on the type of fabric, 50-100% fullness across the top and two or three times the fullness in the drop are generally recommended. Pile section velcro is then sewn across the top of the blind. Ring tape with draw cord is sewn along the length of the blind to create the ruches (these can also be sewn in or formed by machine). Cord is threaded through to the headrail and locking mechanism. The blind is then simply pressed onto the velcro headrail.