Thank you for answering my question yesterday about how to apply piping without it being in a seam. You suggested I preshrink the piping – but I’m making my own piping out of polyester – is it really necessary that I shink the poly before I make the piping? – I will be applying it to flannel pj’s around the hems of the pants and the sleeves. Also, I bought some silky trim (looped fringe) that I plan to incorporate into the yoke seams of the pj top. Do I need to shrink this too? I’m afraid it will get all tangled up before I get it into the seams. I already preshrunk the flannel in the washing machine. Again, thanks for your help!
The poly probably doesn't need to be pre-washed, but if you are using 100% cotton cording, I'd give that a soak in very hot water before making the piping.
I agree that the cotton cording needs to be shrunk, and it would probably be a good idea to preshrink the fringe, too. If you put it into a separate lingerie or sweater bag, you can machine wash and dry it without tangles. Or, you can loosely coil it and dunk it in hot water and then let it hang dry.
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