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Date: 5/20/12 2:31 PM

So I want to add piping to hemof a skirt. Do I turn up a skinny hem then sew on the piping? Or is there a different way to do it?

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Date: 5/21/12 9:37 AM

I've never done it, so take this with a grain of salt but I think it would look better if you faced the hem to cover the piping, or at least used bias.
So, essentially, yes, I'd do what you're thinking but go the extra step to cover up the piping behind the skirt.

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Date: 5/21/12 10:29 AM

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I've never done it, so take this with a grain of salt but I think it would look better if you faced the hem to cover the piping, or at least used bias.

So, essentially, yes, I'd do what you're thinking but go the extra step to cover up the piping behind the skirt.

I'll have to see if I have enough fabric left to make a facing...might be a tight squeeze

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Date: 5/21/12 10:48 AM

If you don't have fabric for a facing, you could use a coordinating bias tape, but I agree--you should face it somehow.

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Date: 5/21/12 11:03 AM

I've not done this but Carolyn over on Diary of a Sewing Fanatic has, check out her blog.. In this post she mentions piping, not sure if here is where she mentions the hem area, but you should be able to search on her site. She's a PR member as well, so she may pipe in here (pun intended) if she sees this thread.

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Date: 5/21/12 11:19 AM

I'll see if I can squeeze the facing out of the leftover fabric*...otherwise only way I can think of doing it is cut 2 inches off bottom of the skirt and use that as a facing (the skirt is quite long on me so I would take it up anyway).6

*I want to get it sewn in time for end of competition, which means no time t get back to the fabric shop.

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Date: 5/21/12 11:53 AM

The edging you use as a facing doesn't need to be wide- only enough for a seam allowance on both sides. Also, it can be pieced together from smaller lengths, with random seams where ever they need to be to get enough length. It will come out best if your pieced lengths are all on grain. Rip your fabric, if you can.

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Date: 5/21/12 6:02 PM

How to Sew a Bias Tape Facing

This tutorial shows how to do bias tape facing. This is all that you need for your piped hem; you don't need a deep facing at all. Actually the bias tape would be much easier to apply than a cut facing.

Before step 1 of the tutorial, machine baste the piping at the edge of the fabric, on the right side. Then apply the bias tape (as shown in step 1) over the piping. and continue.

This PDF of various hem finishing methods (page 15) suggests just stitching the piping on the right side of the hemline (with a zipper foot), then simply turning the seam allowance of the piping tape to the wrong side of the fabric (piping now shows on the bottom of the hem) and merely top stitching the piping seam allowance in place.

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Date: 5/26/12 3:56 PM

You can also do a piped hem that finishes itself on the wrong side as you make it. No need for further finishing on the interior. I assume this is a flat piping, not corded. Piped Hem Tutorial

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