How to Sew Piping — Part 6

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Welcome to the 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 piping and make a pillow, 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!

Sailrite's Learning to Sew Series

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 edges and bind fabric, and how to install a zipper plaque.

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 we're installing premade piping, but you can also make your own piping using welting cord and your upholstery fabric of choice. Learn how in our "How to Make Bias Piping" post (#200665XHT). 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.

Learn how to sew piping

You can use the fabric from your project to make matching piping!

In this video you will learn:

  • Where to Start Installing the Piping
  • Where to Place the Stitches
  • How to Sew Piping Around Corners
  • How to Join Piping Ends
  • How to Install a Boxing to a Cushion Assembly
  • How to Cut Relief Notches in the Boxing Strip

We're sewing piping with the Ultrafeed® LSZ-1 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 foot or if you need to order a specialty foot for sewing piping.

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, you're ready to put all the skills you learned together in the Learning to Sew Series finale: "How to Sew a Pillow" (#200621XHT). Don't miss it!