How to Make Your Own Piping

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Piping is a great way to add extra detail and design to a project, whether it’s home decor or garments. Ashley Hough shows you how to make piping on your sewing machine with ease.

Piping Size

It can be difficult to find store bought piping in various thicknesses and widths. However, when you learn how to make piping it can be made in any size you need. Ashley shows you how you can use different thicknesses of cording to sew piping on your sewing machine in any size. She also shows how to sew piping by starting with a larger strip of fabric so the final width can be trimmed down to size later. This is helpful if you need to have piping with a width to fit a certain seam allowance. It is also easier to sew the piping on your machine when the fabric strip is wider.

Sewing Machine Feet

As with many other sewing and embellishing techniques, there is a special foot that can be used with piping. The foot is known as a piping or cording foot. It does not normally come standard with a machine but can be purchased separately. A piping foot can be used for not only sewing piping on your machine but for attaching the piping to a project as well. The foot has a small groove on the bottom that allows the piping to easily slide under the foot when stitching. However, if you plan to sew piping on your sewing machine that is fairly thick this foot may not work as well. Ashley shows you how to make piping using a zipper foot.

Finishing the Ends

Depending on the project, you may have two ends of piping that need to be connected together. Ashley shows you a great way to overlap and finish the piping ends. Using these sewing and finishing piping techniques will help you add fun detail and design when learning how to make piping for your next project.

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