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Date: 1/12/05 7:56 PM

I once attempted piping and ended up with some of the edge part that you sew on sticking out. That brings me to my question: how DO you sew on piping? That edge part, is it a standard width, or does it vary?
DH and I are contemplating starting a home dec business (well, it obviously wasn't his idea...), so I figured I should know this.

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Date: 1/12/05 9:50 PM

I find a foot like a zip foot or a blind-hem foot helps me stitch really close to the piping edge.

I don't know about the widths.

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Date: 1/12/05 10:41 PM

Piping can MAKE a project! There was a good article in Threads within the last year, but I guess I am too lazy to look it up. The width can vary, the important part is to line up the piping portion and sew as close to that as our foot will allow. It takes practice for curves and beginning/end. I always try to round my edges, as it is hard, if not impossible, to go around a squared corner.

You need to use a zipper or piping foot (or blind hem?). I typically make my own, as I think the stuff that comes in the packages is crap, IMO. The home dec stuff works well though. It you do make your own, you need to cut it on the bias, unless it is a stretch fabric.

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Date: 1/12/05 11:23 PM

You can cover plain piping with your own decorator fabric using a zipper foot, but if you want a professional looking job applying the piping you need to use a cording foot. It hugs the piping reallllly close to the pillow fabric and doesn't leave the piping flapping in the breeze.

I keep cording or piping feet in two sizes. Larger, think of cording the diameter of your little finger, and smaller, e.g., delicate piping on a jacket or shirt.

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Date: 1/13/05 0:03 AM

Sometimes you can find weird colored pipings on sale for really cheap. I buy these and just cover with my own fabric over the top.

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Date: 1/13/05 5:43 AM

I find that the ability to move the needle to the sides makes it a lot easier to sew really close to the piping edge.

I just got Sandra Betzina's Power Sewing for Christmas, and it has a section on sewing piping. Don't know if you have that book, but it looked good at first glance - I haven't had a chance to try it out yet.

Also, the Basics section of Threads #90 is about sewing piping. Issue #72 also seems to contain a lot of information on the subject.

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Date: 1/13/05 8:56 AM

Hi Nikki when I sew a piping I first start with cording the piping the wide of the cord is up to you , for garments I use a very tiny cord but for upholstering I use a wider cord. I sew the cord in the piping with a zipper foot , but I do not sew near the cord as the final sewing I sew a few hairlines away with a large 3,5 stitch (and loose tension if you want to remove that stitching later) and with a non matching color thread .The reason for my not matching color is when I place the piping on the facing side ( the piping is upside down) I can see clearly the stitching line from the piping and know that I have to sew a hairline away to the left side of the piping to get that snug piping seam which I want. For delicate fabrics I will remove the first stitching (the large stitches in the different color) but for upholstering or coat weight fabrics I leave the first stitching.

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Date: 1/13/05 12:54 PM

Nikki,

Probably for home dec you'll use reg or even large size piping, but for garments, I'll often use rat-tail or mouse-tail )which is even smaller).

Nina

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Date: 1/13/05 1:26 PM

Nina, would you tell us more about rattail and its uses? I've never heard of it before. I see it's available at Greenberg and Hammer but I can't find any other info about it.

Nikki, for piping, it takes a zipper foot and a lot of patience! I also love the look of double welt for home dec. That does require a special double welt foot.

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Date: 1/13/05 2:14 PM

Leslie,

Rat-tail and mouse-tail use that I know about is by jewelry makers and beaders .see here

I actually can't remember where I first heard of using it for small piping, but I know that Kenneth King uses it and has mentioned it.

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Nina

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