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Pretty piping

Jun 11, 2010
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Adding piping is a great way to accent the lines of a garment, but it can have extra visual punch if you apply a decorative stitch to the bias fabric before insertion.

Once I’ve selected a stitch and thread combination, I stitch it down the center of the piping fabric and then insert the piping as I typically would. The stitch pattern becomes a decorative touch along the edge of the piping. Sew it down the middle—or slightly to one side for a totally different look.

I recommend creating or purchasing extra piping for experimentation. There are so many decorative stitches on my machine and so many colorful, decorative threads available that it’s fun to play with them to find the right stitch and thread combination.

— Beth Wehrman, Maxwell, Iowa

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  1. User avater Keith Scott October 3rd

    Friends now you can share you ideas with someone on

  2. User avater Jodi Hicks September 12th

    amazing work mate

  3. User avater ronsanchez3 January 4th

    Love your work

  4. User avater carmelo11 October 20th

    this is nice.

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