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Piping adds punch to your sewing projects
Piping is a great way to add pop and punch to your sewing projects and it's a lot easier than you might think!

Posted by Erin Weisbart from Vashon, Washington, United States • Published See Erin Weisbart's 8 projects »
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  • How to sew piping. How To Add Piping to Your Sewing - Step 1
    Step 1

    After you’ve decided where you want to put your piping, it’s as simple as laying it down and sewing it to the seam. Use your zipper foot with the needle moved all the way to the left. As you stitch, you want the distance from the needle to the edge of the fabric to be the seam allowance required by the pattern, so you can see that I’ve aligned my fabric at the 3/8″ mark because I moved the needle to the left 1/8″ for a total of 1/2″ from needle to edge of fabric because the pattern I used for this sample had a 1/2" seam allowance. The edge of the zipper foot (and hence the stitch line) should be as close to the piping itself as possible. I don’t pin the piping but instead sew very slowly and align it as I go for I find I get more even results this way. You can pin it or use a fusible basting tape or fabric glue if you find it to be easier.

  • How to sew piping. How To Add Piping to Your Sewing - Step 2
    Step 2

    After you have sewn your piping to the seams that you want (remember that it only needs to be on one side of your finished seam!), you can then continue with construction as you would normally. However, for any seam that you have added piping, use your zipper foot and the left justified needle to sew the fabric pieces together, like you did when you sewed down the piping.

  • How to sew piping. How To Add Piping to Your Sewing - Step 3
    Step 3

    If you are adding piping to a seam with a corner, know that the piping will likely reduce the sharpness of you points. You may want to pin the piping down near the corners after you have sewn it down so that your corners are as neat as possible when you sew the fabric pieces together.

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