In today’s demonstration, and FREE online fashion sewing video tutorial, I’d like to introduce you to the use of piping, or as some may call it, ‘piping cord‘ within sewing projects.
If you’re a regular reader here at Fashion Sewing Blog, or viewer of my FashionSewingBlogTV, then you’ll be aware that this is the first time I have introduced the use of piping as an embellishment.
I do hope you’ll find the following tutorial of great use.
And remember, once you’ve learned the many benefits of using piping within a sewing project, you can further your unique style by experimenting with it to create one off, professional looking pieces.
So before we get to the video, here’s a brief overview with regard to fashion sewing with piping.
Using Piping in Fashion Sewing
Piping cord, put simply is a roll of fibres, bunched together to create a ‘roll‘.
Piping can be made from both natural or manmade fibres.
Piping, when covered and sewn into fabric, is used as an embellishment within a sewing project and emphasises specific detail.
You can regularly see piping used on areas of a garment, such as pockets, collars, seams and hemlines.
Piping cord comes in many sizes (thicknesses), and can be bought either ready made or in its natural form. The latter will then be covered by the fashion sewer in a fashion fabric of her or his choosing.
NB – You can purchase a sewing machine foot, known as a ‘piping foot‘ which enables easier sewing.
You can also use (as I have in the video below) a zipper foot.
Sewing with Piping
Don’t forget, after you’ve watched my fashion sewing video tutorial, there will be more written instruction below.
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As you can see, I’ve covered two fashion sewing processes within the video tutorial. They are -
1 – Covering the piping, and
2 – Sewing the piping.
Let’s breaks things down a little.
Covering Your Piping Cord
1 - Fold a corner of your fashion fabric over the cord and using a pin, fasten the two layers of fabric together. The piping cord should now be tightly enclosed. Measure and cut 1.5cm – 5/8inch beyond the pin to create the seam allowance.
2 – Remove the pins. The bias cut strap will now be the required width for use in your sewing project.
3 – Fold the bias strip lengthwise and wrong sides together. Insert the piping, matching up the edges of the bias.
4 – Stitch close to piping cord with your zipper foot. It’s now ready to be applied to your garment.
Sewing Piping into a Seam
1 - Place your piping onto the right of the fabric, matching up the raw edges. Pin into place.
2 – Place the other seam section of the garment, right side down on top of the piping. The piping should now be sandwiched between both sections. Pin into place.
3 – When machine sewing with the zipper foot, sew as close to the piping as you can, but not on it.
4 – When sewing corners, snip into the bias strip close to the stitching before turning.
Sewing with Piping – DONE!
So go out and experiment with the use of piping and in time, I guarantee you’ll create fantastic unique designs.
I hope you found this fashion sewing video tutorial of use. Do let me know!
If you have any questions or hints and tips you’d like to share with the fashion sewing community, then please do get in touch.
It’s always a great joy to hear from you.
Happy fashion sewing
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