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Date: 2/12/11 1:31 AM

I am recovering my lounge cushions and want to put piping around the edges. On piping is it still necessary to use bias cut fabric?

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Date: 2/12/11 6:38 AM

I think you will want to use bias cut binding to cover your cording / piping. Any time there are curves involved, you need the bias cut fabric so there is enough "give" to navigate curves. I also think bias binding covers the cording nicer. If your cushions are square or rectangluar, you might get away with straight cut fabric binding, but I always find I am happier with bias binding. It's a PIA to make, but in my opinion, I think it produces a great piping / cording.

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Date: 2/12/11 8:18 AM

I agree with what topshelf said. But if the question is Is it necessary.. that is to say.. do I havta?? Then NO. you don't have to.

Do however take a look at the print of your fabric.. some just look sooo much better when bias cut after you sew them around the cording.. that is a decor decision .

Also application can come into play.. as Topshelf said.. curves... that is a factor. If I was doing something with a lot of curves.. I might be tempted to use bias cut. But I do recover chairs a lot.. and can tell you I do not bias cut most of my fabric for use piping. For one thing.. it takes a lot more fabric.. which I don't always have. For another.. there are usually many more seams in the cording..
Look back in the archives.. Maripat started a fabulous thread a bit back.. titled ''Can I recover these chairs'' I believe. Loads of info there on the construction and applications of cording/piping.

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Date: 2/12/11 11:03 AM

I will chime in here. I have done tons of home dec----not because I like it, but because it is soooooo much cheaper than having it done professionally.

I love custom welting on upholstered pieces, and therefore make a lot of my own, even on bedspreads and pillows. There are a couple of reasons you want it on the bias. Stretching around corners is one reason. However, as you go around those corners, you should be clipping as close as you can get to the stitch line. You don't want your welting, or piping to fray particularly in those areas, since they will receive lots of rubbing and wear.

If you are using a stripe, nothing looks classier than that angled effect going around the welt.

Karen Erickson that teaches home dec at the Orig Expo has a really cool, easy way to make bias that does not take a ton of fabric. I am doing a search to see if she has that instruction on line. Once you make some, you will see that a little fabric goes a long way in yardage.

One tip that Karen gives is that when you are initially sewing the bias to your cord, sew the seam out a ways from the cord. Then when you are sewing it to the piece of fabric, sew closer in to the cord. She also recommends that you use a screw on adjustable zipper foot because it give more control that those little wobbly click on feet. I also have different size screw on welting feet for both my J6500P and my J1600P that have come in very handy.

One more thing, if you are going to go to all that work, I would use bias just because it gives such a nice look. The bad thing about home dec that is different from garment sewing is----home dec is out there in your home for everyone to see---FOREVER! That is enough to make me nervous!

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Date: 2/12/11 11:23 AM


Oh Ody.. so nice to hear that someone else does home dec too..
I often have so little fabric I have to piece together scrap pieces..
In a few projects I have had to just use a contrasting or coordinate fabric.
I believe there was a method posted on Maripats thread on cutting bias without any seams.. I can't recall what the method was called..and have seen it called by another name in one of my older home dec books.. So the OP might want to look at it..

Now if someone can tell me how to keep that dratted cat from shredding my projects..especially my chenilles.. arghhhh

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Date: 2/13/11 4:52 AM

Thank you to everyone, yes my question, do I have to use bias, in my head and heart I know I should, I was hoping because of cost to get away with on grain. I have tried a sample not on bias and it is difficult around the corners as well as not looking good at all.
Ody please see if you can find the link or instructions for not using too much fabric. I need approx. 2 meter continuous piping per loose cushion. I have decided to go with the bias, you are right, my work will be on display every day, that is good enough motivation.

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Date: 2/13/11 7:58 AM

Kirsten, I am echoing all the good advice you have been given
I do all my own home furnishings and definitely would use bias.

As Ody mentioned, a screw on zipper foot with a long foot is the best and easiest to use. regular zipper feer tend to dig in and not allow the the layers of fabric to feed through.

I have noticed when recovering sofas, that even some of the very pricey sofas are not always covered using bias.

Also interested in Ody's bias instructions too.

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Date: 2/13/11 8:15 AM

There is a great YouTube on the making of continuous bias strips from ErinCompton Design-it's the first that comes up when you search. I did 16 yds for pillows and it worked out very well and I have no experience with home dec projects. It also took less fabric than expected. There is a mathmatical method for calculating the amount of fabric required. Good luck!

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Date: 2/13/11 8:42 AM

My son purchased a couch where the welting was not cut on the bias. The cushions look rippled and the welting is not wearing very well.
I did find the you tube video with Karen Erickson. Very interesting, I had not seen that exact method before.

Karen Erickson making continuous bias

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Date: 2/13/11 9:40 AM

I make cushions for an upholstery shop. They always use bias and never put the bias seam at the front. The seams can be anywhere but not the front. They are also trying to mach the print or stripe at the front. Making clothes is wayyyyy easier than making cushions for the shop.

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