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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Piping cord for swimwear ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 7/15/12 2:56 AM

I found this cute swim suit via Pintrest, which coincided with my desire to sew swimwear. Regarding piping for swimsuits, I don't think cotton cording would be appropriate but am unsure what would be a good substitute resistant to salt or chlorine. What recommendations do you guys have?


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Date: 7/16/12 3:13 AM

Nice swimsuit.

Polyester or polypropaline cording would probably be the best. The polyester tends to stand up better to chlorine and absorbs less water than nylon.

If you just want very fine piping, you could make the piping with another type of cord and then pull the cord out after you have sewn the seams. I've found this useful with sports gear when the piping cord doesn't stretch and you really need it to.

Good luck, let us know how you go.

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Date: 7/16/12 10:02 AM

This is what I do -- just use regular piping cord and once I have it sewn into the seam, I pull out the cord and just leave the fabric as the piping.

As treefrog pointed out, you don't lose the stretch of your fabric this way.

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Date: 7/16/12 2:09 PM

Thanks SheBear0320 and Treefrog! I completely forgot about maintaining the stretch if I used piping cord. I like the idea of using cord and pulling it out afterwards.

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Date: 7/16/12 5:08 PM

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Thanks SheBear0320 and Treefrog! I completely forgot about maintaining the stretch if I used piping cord. I like the idea of using cord and pulling it out afterwards.

If you want to ultimately remove the cord, another option is to not use cord at all; just insert a folded strip of fabric as you sew the seam.

For example, if your seam allowance is 5/8-inches, a strip of fabric 1 1/2-inches (5/8 + 1/8 = 3/4; 3/4 x 2 = 1 1/2) wide, folded wrong sides together, can be inserted between the two pattern pieces at the seam edge of the pattern pieces, stitched at 5//8-inch, and that will expose a 1/8-inch fold on the outside of the garment in the seam.

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Date: 7/17/12 10:29 AM

That works as well? I might try it since I have no piping cord at all and was planning on getting some. Thanks, CM_Sews!

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Date: 7/17/12 1:30 PM

The method CM_Sews outlined will also work -- it may be a little harder to keep even/straight for those trying it for the first time. Be sure to do several samples.

I tend to use the piping cord method when I'm going around curved seams or edges to help with keeping it straight and even. When doing straight lines, I will often not use the piping cord.

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Date: 7/17/12 4:18 PM

Sheila, that's a great idea to use cord on the curves, and then remove it.

If you are ultimately going to remove the cord, consider using yarn or string or some other type of cordage to "fill out" the piping until you remove it. There's no need to get special piping cord if you are going to ultimately remove it.

I have started to make piping for garments with inexpensive polyester yarn as the filler. I picked a yarn that was thick enough to give me a nice sized piping for garments. I think it's just a standard 4-strand craft yarn from Hancocks or Joanns. Works great, doesn't shrink, and the skein probably cost me about $3. Yarn comes in a variety sizes, and you may already have some yarn or string that you can use as temporary piping filler.

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Date: 7/17/12 7:42 PM

I use whatever works for the purpose depending on the look I am going for. Sometimes it's cord, other times yarn and sometime jute -- I also have some different sizes of welting from my home dec sewing days.



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Date: 7/18/12 0:50 AM

great tip! that makes a lot more sense economically. i do have some yarn laying about too.

one more question, do you make one very long length of piping for everything and trim as much as you need as you go along, or sew one separate length of piping for each section?

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