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Date: 11/12/12 2:54 PM

I'm using a large size, twisted cording with a little flat edging which is the section that gets sewn down. It's the kind of cording you find around pillow edges, and I'm putting it around the armholes and hem of a nubby boucle dress I'm sewing.

I've already added it to the neckline--but that has a different finish so I'm pretty sure I know how to handle it with some hand sewing.

When the cording meets at the underarms, can anyone advise where would to cut off the excess--do I leave 1/2" or more or less on the inside? I need to make sure it doesn't unravel but also need it to be the least amount of thickness possible and not have it show in an obnoxious way if I raise my arms.

Same question for the hem. I think I use one long piece and end on one side seam instead of two pieces with two ending edges on both side seams?? Any advice on how to end it so that it will look nice, and not look too bulky, etc. Many thanks in advance.

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Date: 11/12/12 4:45 PM

I'm not really sure why you'd want to use this on a garment, but here's how you join it:
Joining lip cord

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Date: 11/13/12 11:56 AM

Thank you so much for this link. I had no idea this is how it's done. I've used this once before to edge pants and sleeves of a set and now no what I did wrong!! :wow:

Darn, I'd like to upload a photo of my fabric and the cording around the neckline but can't figure out how to do that since it's not on a website! The fabric is even prettier in person and so soft. I considered some options, like bias tape, a lining, etc., but rejected them all. When I pulled out this cording, it looked so great as a complement to the nubby boucle.

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Date: 11/13/12 12:19 PM

You can use that sort of cording in any application where you'd use piping. It's beautiful!

Clt, thank you for that tutorial--I have one marked on Pinterest, but this one makes a lot more sense (that one had you unwind the cord at both ends and then wind them back together, and I never managed to get a clean finish that way). Unwinding ONE end and then laying the individual plies carefully over the other side seems a MUCH better way to do it!

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Date: 11/14/12 9:47 AM

Is there a way for me to upload my own photo here? I'd like to show you the cording on the neckline. I did use it in place of bias tape, and I think it's so right for the fabric.

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