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Good technique for stapling GOM frames?

So I've built a couple of these, and found that you staple one long side to the frame, then pull tight on the other side stapling from the middle out to both ends.

When I get to the ends, I am a complete mess. I cannot figure out how to make really nice ends and corners with this. I have my latest fabric frame sitting waiting for expert techniques from the forum

Can anyone recommend a technique for doing the ends of GOM frames? I seem to get bunched up folding over and then I cannot have the frames lay flat against my wall framing.
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So I've built a couple of these, and found that you staple one long side to the frame, then pull tight on the other side stapling from the middle out to both ends.

When I get to the ends, I am a complete mess. I cannot figure out how to make really nice ends and corners with this. I have my latest fabric frame sitting waiting for expert techniques from the forum

Can anyone recommend a technique for doing the ends of GOM frames? I seem to get bunched up folding over and then I cannot have the frames lay flat against my wall framing.
Technique that has worked well for me is to start with a couple staples in the center of a long side, then go opposite side, stretch and staple a in the center. Then keep going back and forth couple staples, switch sides, couple staples, etc. Keep stretching and pulling out wrinkles, etc. as you go. I think the issue you are seeing is because you have stapled one complete side first.

The corners do require a technique of folding, but there will always be a bit more fabric on the corners. Below is a link to DIY Screen with blackout cloth, but goes into detail about stapling on a frame - same concept as GOM fabric panels.

http://www.eldamar.net/house/ht/screenHowTo.html
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I always staple one complete side first to get the fabric on straight (top), Then the other side (bottom) starting at the middle and working out. Then do the middle 1/3s of the two sides (left and right). Last I attack each corner. If you are stapling on the back I know what you are talking about how the fabric bunches up. You start with a nice pinch and fold on the outside edges but when you roll it over to the back it gets all gnarly. I just smash it down with some staples then take my scissors and give it a trim. You have to remember that what happens on the back of a fabric panel stays out of sight on the back.

You can practice wrapping some boxes with paper. once you figure out the pinch and fold maneuver it's downhill. You create a 45 degree seam on one edge. I always figure out where it will be the least visible.
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Thanks guys I'll give that a shot.


Starting in the middle of the left and right sides is a technique I'll start with first as I had been going corner to corner.


Like everything else, I'll probably be really good at it by the time I finish my last panel
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The corners do require a technique of folding, but there will always be a bit more fabric on the corners. Below is a link to DIY Screen with blackout cloth, but goes into detail about stapling on a frame - same concept as GOM fabric panels.

http://www.eldamar.net/house/ht/screenHowTo.html
Ah, great visuals on doing a corner. I'll try this method right away!
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Ah, great visuals on doing a corner. I'll try this method right away!
Cool let us know how it goes.
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