An Old Curtain Stretcher

Today while cleaning out my studio I found an old fashion curtain stretcher that I think my aunt used to use. I hate to part with it, but I only used it a few times many years ago, so it must get passed on. It has wooden “sticks” that unfold to form a big rectangle the size of a curtain. The whole thing stands up (wobbly) or leans against a wall. There are pins on all four sides. I used it when stretching and drying some large pieces  I did when I was beginning to weave. There is something else–sticks that make a frame and some metal rods–perhaps it is an upright quilting frame. It is going out into the world, too. I used it once–perhaps to stitch hems on a piece, I can’t remember exactly.

78 thoughts on “An Old Curtain Stretcher

  1. I remember my mother stretching all of our cotton lace curtains on one of those. She would put them out in the backyard to dry. That was a long time ago, indeed!

    • I have some, don’t know if they are all there haven’t checked in a while.My Mother used to Starch our Lace Curtains and Stretch them.With 9 Children I don’t know how she got Lace Curtains.

        • There is no curtain stretcher, I gave it away years ago. Sometimes one comes up so keep checking to see if someone has one to get rid of. You don’t need to correspond with me–just see if one is listed in the comments here and contact them.

        • I have come across a curtain stretcher that was left behind in a rental house. If you are still looking for one, please contact me.

        • I have a set of lace curtain stretchers that belonged to my mother, if interested let me know I am selling them; $18.00 plus shipping!

          • i am the person who has the free curtain stretcher just postage and I live in upper michigan, marquette to be exact.

          • I, too, am looking for a curtain stretcher, but to stretch a hand crocheted tablecloth, if theres still anyone who still has one. My email is bscuzzese@gmail.com

      • In the middle of the night I remembered my grandmother’s curtain stretchers and wondered if they were being preserve in a museum or something. Back in the late 40′s we’d set them up in the living room and pin several layers of lace curtains on them. I also remember that there was starch involved and they would come off as stiff sheets when dry.

        I wonder why they are never used in period movie or TV productions. Perhaps the writers are all too young

        • We just inherited one in the box from my dad’s basement. The box is a bit shabby from the basement but it was in the basement rafters so its not rotten inside except just the tip of one board and I don’t see any rust. We were looking it up to see what it value was if any as its likely 60 or 70 yerars old. Dad was 99 when he departed so it must have belonged to mom. They don’t publish our email but I’ll post it this once and see if it flies. janicewalters63@yahoo.com We won’t dispose of it for a couple weeks in case you are still looking for one.

  2. What are considering asking for it? I knit a lot of shawls, stoles and scarves and have been looking for a curtain stretcher to help in the blocking. I was hoping that maybe my uncle had kept my grandmother’s but no such luck…he pitched them (she had 3)

  3. I HAVE A 1940′S QUAKER CURTAIN STRETCHER IN EXCELLENT CONDITION THAT I WANT TO SELL.
    IT CAME WITH THE OLD FARM THAT I BOUGHT 11 YRS AGO. IT IS STILL IN THE ORIGINAL BOX(BOX SHOWS FADING AND SOME WEAR) AND STRETCHER APPEARS TO NOT HAVE BEEN USED.
    CONTACT ME @ ROSEPTALS2105@AOL.COM IF INTERESTED.
    ASKING 75$ NEG,

      • Check out the one available in Wausau, WI–see the comment on my blog dated April 25th. Let me know if it works out. Someone else is interested, too.
        Peggy

      • I have an old curtain stretcher. I believe i may be a Quaker style. Are you still interested in buying one and what do you want to pay for it. I live in Las Vegas, NV.

        • I got rid of mine years ago–but other people may be interested and they do check in on occasion.
          Peggy

  4. do you still have your curtain stretchers? What would be the shipping cost to area code 5902.
    I am weaving my own curtains and meed the stretchers.
    Thanks,
    Darrel

    • There is one in Wausau, WI see the comment on my blog dated 4/25/12. See if it works for you and let me know.
      Peggy

  5. New to this site. Found it trying to find a pattern to make an old fashion curtain stretcher. I remember well pricking my fingers multiply times while helping mother when I was a young girl up into perhaps teen years. Can’t when they disappeared or what happened to them. I just cant remember how they adjusted to the different size curtains. I have found that there is not much info on the net about them and the pictures that I have found are not clear enough for me to see exactly how to make them. I was wondering if someone that has curtain stretchers could do me a favor and draw a sketch or take some close up photos of details of mostly who they adjust and post them so I can make some. I would be very grateful and would return the favor in future however I can. Thanks in advance to how ever responds. Lee

    • It just a frame – I think carpet stretecher bars (wooden with the pins(nails) in them could be used to make the frame.

  6. I have a Quaker Curtain Stretcher (1940′s?) for sale. New in box (with instruction sheet)- never used. The box is in poor shape but the curtain stretcher is in great condition. Asking $60.00 plus shipping. Will ship from my zip code to yours for exact cost. Please email me if interested. wesell4ullc@gmail.com.
    Cheryl

  7. I have 2 curtain stretchers that were given to me years ago. I never opened the boxes. Peeked in. I can open and take pics if anyone is interested.

    Both are by Beh& Co. Their shop was originally on Broadway in NYC. I have no idea when.One of the boxes has the original shipping label but of course it is so faded I can not read the year the Post Offices stamped it. Boxes are worn. Taped to hold together. One the bottom is turning to dust.

    One style is Plymouth #47 the other is ACE #17.

    They are currently located in Warwick RI but we are moving to Marion SC at the end of the month. My husband wants me to toss them. I can’t. I need to find some one who can use them. Good stuff should never go in the trash. I think in my past life I lived through the depression.

    Any one interested?

      • There is no curtain stretcher, I gave it away years ago. Sometimes one comes up so keep checking to see if someone has one to get rid of. You don’t need to correspond with me–just see if one is listed in the comments here and contact them.

      • There is no curtain stretcher, I gave it away years ago. Sometimes one comes up so keep checking to see if someone has one to get rid of. You don’t need to correspond with me–just see if one is listed in the comments here and contact them.

      • I have a Maid of Honor (possibly 2) but will sell both boxes together. They were left in the rafters of my attic by the former owners. One box in great shape the other is a little rough so shipping is not possible. Want to sell togeter in case the parts are mixed up together. Have no idea what they are even used for?? I am located in Central Pa. rmcalli@ptd.net

  8. I have a curtain stretch (possibly 2) if anyone is interested. There are 2 Made of Honor boxes in my attic in Central PA the previous owner left them behind in the attic rafters. I will only sell them together because I am not sure if they were put away correctly however many years ago. One box is in great condition for as many years old as it is and the other didn’t fair so well so I am not sure these can be shipped. Please e-mail me with any interest or questions rmcalli@ptd.net

  9. I have a curtin stretcher that I need instruction for bought off ebay and it did not come with detailed instruction on how to put it together. I stretch an antigue bedspread. I really need some help here because the weather is great and time to put it outside in the sun. I use to take it to my local cleaner but they have stopped this method and wanted to through it in the dry cleaning machine.. ugh! thanks Rosemary

  10. I have a lace/curtain stretcher that I bought several years ago at an auction. It was all wrapped up in 1940′s newspaper and I thought it was a quilting frame. I live in upstate ny. I can’t speak to the condition as I have never seen one before. There are 5 pieces. 2 with hinges and measurements, 2 more with measurements and 1 without. If you are interested please contact me. I would like to recoup my expenses from the purchase, so I was thinking about $15 plus shipping costs (box and postage). You can email me at cherylcw@rochester.rr.com.

  11. If there’s someone out there, still looking for a curtain stretcher I have one still in its original box. The box is a little worse for the wear, but the stretcher appears to be in excellent shape . I would be interested in selling it.

        • I’ll put this up and you keep checking. that’s the way this seems to work. People are looking and will be checking the site for coments of availablility.

  12. I do quilting and a stretcher would be a very useful tool. My mother had one and we used it as a child. I know how to put it together. How much are you asking for it? I’m interested.

  13. I have a “Maid of Honor” Lace Stretcher that was in my house when I bought it. I don’t think it was ever used. It is in the original box which is not in good condition because it has been in my basement for a long time. Who wants it?

  14. I have my Mother’s 1940s curtain stretcher. We found it in the attic when moving. I remember her stretching the organdy living curtain on this device. Then ironing the ruffles! No one irons any longer either! I would be willing to sell if any of you asking to locate one would still be interested. You can contact me at my email sally_sizemore@att.net. I am in South Carolina.

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