Forum Title: Softback and curves
I'm doing a 12 by 24 foot area rug and it will be free form on both ends and one side. Sort of a kidney bean shape. The radius will most likely be about 5 feet for the curve. The carpet will have a border of a darker color. Border with not yet determined.............. might be 6, but could be 12. I may need to tape the curved ends from the back side. Here are my concerns. Do softbacks still require a real high heat setting? Does the fleece need to be melted? I know there are a lot of different densities of softback. I think this is a lighter weight backing. My other concern is distortion. This is an area rug, so any minor distortion can't be stretched out. The rug is going over a radiant heated ceramic tile floor. I'm using a thin dense rubber pad. I think that will reduce the chances of the carpet growing over time.
Category: Carpet Post By: JOHNNIE CHANDLER (Surprise, AZ), 02/07/2019

Softbac does require a little higher setting when using conventional iron. On radiuses I have used 6tape with my 4 in. iron that way I could go around without running off the tape. Then cut the loose part off. If you have access to a koolglide this would be great for that. Also I think I would use a template to cut the curved areas that way everything is exact. Or you could do it the rugmakers way and attach it all from the back with scrim or even latex it with jute. All kinds of options. Daris

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