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Video: Grade to Reduce Bulk in a Piped Seam

Threads #186, Aug./Sept. 2016

Evamarie Gomez and Stephani Miller; Videographer: Jeff Roos

Better Piping: Grade to Reduce Bulk

When you pipe a garment’s edge, you build up six layers of fabric: the outer garment layer and its seam allowance, the piping’s two seam allowances, and the facing or lining layer and its seam allowance. All of those layers add a lot of bulk, even in thin fabrics.

In this Threads Essential Techniques video, we demonstrate how to reduce seam allowance bulk in piped seams. This easy-to-follow grading technique will help create smooth piping details.

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  1. Evmez,

    Roos' camera work only reiterates your penchant for discovering talent and including it your every project.

    Now, how about a Neukam and Senior King reunion, over something like curved waistlines, recreating a vintage jacket details, or some sort of "sew-down throw-down", where they tackle the same problems with their favorite techniques?

    Perhaps a "Judith goes to NYC" series (with an homage to the opening sequence from, "THAT Girl!")? Judith shopping, visiting the Big 4, meeting up with bloggers, sidewalk conversations with Senior King, reflecting on sewing, observations of the NYC garment district over the years, and a recap of the people she met up with, done in a winsome, yet pensive manner in Central Park (that's the kind of denouement which her voice and acting style were made for - you could easily shoe horn her into a nomination, if not another award).

    A fan of all of the aforementioned

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