How to Sew Piping — Part 6

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Welcome to the Sailrite® Learning to Sew Series! This is a seven-part video series designed to teach you the basics of sewing. From how to set up your machine and create a stitch to how to sew a zipper and add piping, you'll learn everything you need to know to become an expert sewer. In this video, we'll teach you how to sew piping onto fabric. Let's get started!

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If you missed the first five lessons in this series, we encourage you to go back to the beginning and catch up. Part 1 (#200627XHT) is all about how to set up a sewing machine, wind a bobbin and thread your machine to get it ready for sewing. If you already know how to sew up a machine, jump to Part 2 (#200626XHT) and learn how to form a stitch. Continue on and learn how to sew basic seams, how to hem raw fabric edges and bind fabric, and how to install a zipper.

In this sixth installment of the Learning to Sew Series we’re going to learn how to install piping. Piping adds a crisp, finished look to the edges of pillows and cushions. Not every project uses piping, but this is still a valuable sewing technique worth learning.

In our video tutorial, we're installing premade piping. You can make your own piping using welting cord and your upholstery fabric of choice. This is useful for creating piping that matches or complements your cushion fabric. Learn how to make custom piping in our blog “How to Make Upholstery Piping” (#300640XHT). If you do sew your own piping, you'll need to cut relief notches at the corners in order for the piping to bend and take the corner curves. We explain in the video how this is done.

In this piping tutorial video, you’ll learn:

  • Where to start installing the piping.
  • How to baste piping to fabric before sewing.
  • How to sew piping around corners.
  • How to cut relief notches in piping.
  • How to join piping ends for a clean appearance.

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We're sewing piping with the Ultrafeed® LSZ Sewing Machine. The Ultrafeed Sewing Machine has a cording foot built-in. What that means is that the standard presser foot that comes with the machine has a tunnel to accommodate sewing piping. If you are sewing on a different sewing machine, you need to verify if your presser foot has a cording tunnel or if you need to order a specialty foot for sewing piping.

Learn how to sew piping in this quick sewing techniques video.

How do you feel about sewing piping? Was it easier than you thought? Are you interested in making your own custom piping? Now that you've mastered sewing piping, there’s just one more video in our Learning to Sew Series! Check out #200621XHT to discover our recommendations for must-have sewing notions and tools in order to make your first project a sewing success. Don't miss it!