Sewing piping in a seam adds great detail to handbags, accessories, and home dec projects. It’s a process that may look challenging, but as you might guess, it isn’t! Here are my favorite tips on how to sew piping.
- Cut 1-1/2″ wide bias strips if using 1/4″ seam allowances or 2″ wide bias strips if using 5/8″ seam allowances.
- Join the strips. Align right sides and overlap ends as shown allowing 1/4″ to extend at each side. Stitch from V-shape to V-shape. Press the seam open .
- Use fusible piping, called Wrap ‘n Fuse; the cording is sandwiched within a strip of fusible web. Using fusible piping eliminates one stitching step!
- Fold the bias strip in half, wrong sides together and sandwich the cording in the fold of the fabric. Be sure that the fusible web on the piping is covered by fabric.
- Use the tip of an iron or Mini Iron to fuse the cording between the layers of fabric.
- If needed, trim the seam allowances to either 1/4″ or 5/8″.
- Align the cut edges of the piping along the edge of the fabric. Stitch using a zipper foot with the needle position along the left side of the foot, allowing you to stitch close to the cording.
- Or, use a Pearls N Piping Foot, the foot straddles the piping. It’s one of my favorite specialty presser feet.
- This time, the needle should be positioned to the right side, as featured.
- Keep the same foot on the machine with the needle at the same position.
- Meet the fabrics right sides together.
- Stitch the seam, sewing along the same stitching line that was sewn to attach the piping.
- To join ends of the piping, allow for a 1″ extension of fabric beyond the cording at the starting point. Fold back the extended fabric.
- Begin stitching 2″–3″ from the starting point.
- When reaching the starting point, nest the end of the piping within the beginning point. Trim the cording pieces so that they “kiss.”
- Wrap the fabric around the ending point.
- Stitch the seam.
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- Sewing Notions
- Sewing Machine Confidence
- Serger Spotlight
- Fabric Facts
- Sewing Basics
- Beyond the Basics
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Bye for now,