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Create Ripple-Free Piping

Photo: Jack Deutsch

When you get down to it, piping is just a fabric-covered cord. It should be easy enough to produce, right? Well, the answer is yes...and no. This wonderful design detail adds structure to garment seams and edges. Sewers of any level can tackle this technique. All piping is made with bias strips of fabric cut on a 45-degree angle, which are then wrapped around a filler cord, and applied to a garment.

But the very nature of stretchy bias fabric requires careful handling within the framework of those few simple steps. Here, Susan Khalje demonstrates the key steps to creating ripple-free piping. These fine points are key to controlling bias stretch and are well worth the extra time they require. 

From Threads #120

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