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Date: 1/13/13 1:25 AM

I'd like to make four 12 inch X 18 inch pillows with a relatively thick fabric (mohair wool velvet), purchased rope cording, and lapped zippers placed at the seam. I've considered omitting the zippers and slip stitching them closed because I'm concerned about bulky seams. I want these pillows to be perfect! Can anyone experienced in home dec sewing offer suggestions or tips for applying the cording and zippers? I'd also welcome recommendations for books on the topic (with photos, please). The Singer home dec books I have don't deal with purchased rope cording and a lapped zipper in the seam. Thanks so much for any help you can offer!

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Date: 1/13/13 9:56 PM

The best possible reference I've found for pillows is Pam Damour's book "PillowTalk". A shop I worked at hosted one of her classes and I loved some of her tips and techniques. She also have instructional DVDs available on her website at: Pam Damour Training DVDs The Pillow 101 might be helpful also. I'm more of a hard copy book person when it comes to instructions but either way she has great information.

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Date: 1/14/13 5:38 AM

I have seen her on TV and she is really knowledgeable. That book sounds just perfect as I am doing some home dec this year.

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Date: 1/16/13 8:22 PM

If you can find some of the old Singer series of sewing books, the ones about Home Dec "Sewing for the Home" have great photographs and information. This book is an example of the series

Singer no longer publishes these books; I think some other company bought the rights, and has published them.

Another Singer home dec book

and another great Singer home dec sewing book

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Date: 1/16/13 8:37 PM

Thx All! I haven't looked at Pam Damour's work, but do have all of those Singer books which I agree are very good. But I'm looking for something that might be more for a professional working with heavy fabrics and premade decorator rope cording. I had hoped there were some tricks out there. Since I posted, I questioned whether my equipment was up to the task, and whether I should actually have them professionally made after all. I've done a lot of pillows with more regular weight fabrics and trim, but was somehow intimidated by this. Thx again.

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Date: 1/17/13 8:16 AM

Are you looking for information like this?

joining decorative cord

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Date: 1/17/13 8:28 AM

If the fabric is too thick for the zipper, you can always use a lighter weight fabric to line where the zipper goes, instead of folding the fabric over & stitching thru all the thickness. I haven't found anything too thick for a zip, yet, though. I think you should be just fine making them. Stitching the lip cord to one side of the pillow first, before joining the 2 pcs holds it in place. That's the best tip I learned. Don't try to just sandwich all of it & sew at once.

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