Once the latex was dry, the installer would stretch in the carpet. Prior to pin tape in a multiple room installation, the installer would lay out the hallway piece or pieces, lay out the room piece inside the room, align, and place reference marks on the backing of the patterns at the doorways. Following these steps, the installer would then roll up the room piece towards the seam and take the roll out of the room, and place it into the hallway. With the flap of the roll lying with the backing facing up, the hallway piece was folded back so that the two backings were once again aligned at the reference marks. The installer then used a needle and thread to hand-sew the seam; once this was done, latex was liberally applied at the seam for reinforcement and allowed to dry. Once the seam was dry, the installer would carefully fold the roll back into the room, unroll, and then install. Quite a bit of work just to construct one doorway seam; just think of the amount of time it would take if there were multiple doorway seams. Thus came the invention of pin tape to make the installer’s work much easier, especially for handling of the carpet. Pin tape is no longer manufactured and those that still hand sew keep a close eye on any pin tape they may have; in fact, if any of you installers out there have any extra, feel free to contact me!
The Tale of the Tapes
January 11, 2010