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Date: 8/11/11 7:17 AM

Hi There

My husband and I are having a go at reupholstering an armchair, which has piping on it. I'm currently trying to cut out all the fabric, using the old stuff as a pattern. However, I'm confused about the piping. In all the books I have it says that strips for making piping need to be cut on the bias, but the old stuff I've just taken off the chair looks like it has been cut along the grain. One advantage of this is that there are no joins.

Has anyone made piping where they've cut along the grain rather than on the bias?
Any reason why it wouldn't work????

Thanks!

Binky

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Date: 8/11/11 8:08 AM


All the time.. Seriously. . and I do home dec a lot. In fact everyday almost . Only with the exceptions of a couple of fabrics do I worry about it. The other exception is if it would give me a look I was not after.. such as a stripe or a plaid .. Sometimes you have to cut with the grain to achieve the look you want with the piping.. but other than that.. I DON'T worry about it much. I am stingy with fabric and usually cut to use the least fabric possible.
There is a thread or two on PR about this btw.. you might check the archives.

The benefit of cutting on the bias is that the fabric will turn corners more easily.. However I just clip mine back . which you would do even if cut on the bias.. and I have little problems with that method. In reality in upholstery you have few corners to curve around anyhow.. its not like garment sewing.

Binky .. let me know what your fabric content is.. but I give you my word pigs won't fly if you cut it on the grain.. Watch out for fraying.. use pinking shears and if you can.. serge the seams so when you wash the cushions they won't fray.. and be sure and preshrink your cushion fabric if you plan on washing it later..

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Date: 8/11/11 9:27 AM

I would cut it on the bias. See my post near the bottom of this page:
Piping on the bias?

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Date: 8/11/11 9:35 AM

I like bias for curves, but it there aren't curves, cutting along the grain can give you a more uniform welting.

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Date: 8/11/11 9:54 AM


There was a thread .. a while back.. most likely over a year old now.. It was by Maripat.. The title was ''Can I Recover these Chairs " If I recall correctly. LOADS of upholstery information on that thread.. some pics too. There was also a link and or instructions on how to cut the fabric without incurring seams.. I just can't recall the name of the technique.. and I also know it goes by more than one name.. But if you are determined to not have seams.. you may want to find that thread.. Good luck with your project..

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Date: 8/11/11 9:58 AM


There are many who also think cutting on the grain will give you less puckering.. Seems like whenever I get an email complaining of puckering its with those who cut on the bias. Whichever technique(s) you use .. the ones you use the most are the ones you are most comfortable with.. and have worked out any kinks.. so that is why you will get many different opinions on this subject.
And there are design factors that do come into play here.. so that even complicates it a bit.. For instance.. I love small stripes cut on the bias.. hate the larger ones though.. so what looks best.. or the look you are after does come into play a great deal.

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Date: 8/11/11 12:26 PM

Thank you SO MUCH everyone for all the replies- very kind of you all.

I've now finished cutting out all the other parts for the chair (has taken me ages and am sick of crawling around on the floor!) so am going to make the piping now. All things considered, I've decided to go with cutting it on the grain- it's a chenille fabric in a plain colour, so no concerns about stripes. I'm slightly restricted by the amount of fabric I have left (i.e. not as much as I thought!) so if I did it on the bias would have a lot of joins.
I've made a test bit and like the look of it, and curve factor seems sufficient.

Thanks again- I appreciate the support and advice! (I did watch the you tube video of continuous welt cord and it looked really good but of course there were still seams...so wish me luck cutting it on the grain!)

Binky x

-- Edited on 8/11/11 12:39 PM --

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Date: 8/20/11 9:21 AM

I make my welting on the bias. After inserting the cording, I "stretch" the bias fabric by holding one end of the cording/bias and then pulling on the fabric down the length of the cording. This removes the stretch that bias inherently has and eliminates the buckling/puckering when sewing it onto the piece. And be sure to cut the bias on the 45 degree or it will pucker/go cockeyed when wrapping it around the cording.

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