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Video: Offset Stitching for Smooth Piping

Threads #186, Aug./Sept. 2016

Evamarie Gomez and Stephani Miller; Videographer: Jeff Roos

Better Piping: Offset Stitching for Smooth Results

Have you ever taken great care in making, positioning, and applying piping to a garment only to end up with a rippled or puckered result? Often, it is because as many as three stitching lines are stacked on top of each other.

Instead, stagger the stitching lines for a smooth, ripple-free application. In this Threads Essential Techniques video, Special Projects Editor Stephani Miller shows you how.

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  1. nikitanikita July 12th

    This is the only video that worked out of the SIX I tried to view; otherwise, just blank white boxes where the videos should be. Does anyone ever check these pages as they age?

  2. normasews July 26th

    Nikita, sometimes it's as simple as re-loading the page!

  3. Angela64 July 26th

  4. User avater Sewmarj August 11th

    I was sewing stretchy piping on a jersey with a slightly curved front piece, and had a lot of trouble with puckering. I ripped it out at least four times. What finally worked was horizontally pinning the piping very generously to the seam edge. Then removing the pins as I wenr along, well before I got to where they were in the fabric. This kept the weight of the pipimg itself from stretching the band as I sewed. It slowed down the sewing speed, preventing the jersey from stretching. And I was able to gently and accurately keep the piping where I wanted it.

  5. happysewing5 August 21st

    I haven't been able to pull up any videos. I hope this problem gets fixed soon, it's not worth being an insider if you can't access anything.

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