Good morning! Does anyone have a simple method to attach piping to the bottom legs and sleeves of a girls pj’s? I want it to be up an inch from the hems so it won’t be in a seam as usual. I am wondering if I can do this in one step with the hem. Could I apply the piping to the RS (with the raw edge toward the hem), then turn the hem to the RS, fold it back down to the piping edge and stitch the hem and the piping in one step? Or is there a better way? Thank you to everyone who answers.
Yes, you could do that, but you will have to cut the hem allowance longer to make up for the tuck. I often do this for sleeves - it looks like a cuff when you are done. Wash the piping first if you haven't already. The bought stuff shrinks.
"the bought stuff shrinks"..... ah yes, and why do I keep forgetting this!! Good advice, to wash it first to get the shrinking over with. And put it in a lingerie-bag.
To reduce tangling, wind it neatly into a loop about 6 inches across, then catch each layer in a safety-pin at each end of the loop.
I've done this many times for my grandson's jammies. You have three layers. The top layer is the hem band, right side facing down, wrong side up. The second layer is the piping, raw edges even with other raw edges. The third layer is the pant leg, right side up. With a pintuck foot (my way) or a zipper foot stitch the seam but a hair away from the piping. Now press the hem band to the wrong side and pin place with the folded edge of the band just passing the stitching line of the the first pass of stitching. Now right side up, stitch in the ditch to secure the inside part of the hemband. You can always hand stitch this in place instead. When you do this final stitching, spread the seam apart with your fingers and stitch. This will iron back into place and cover your ditch stitching.
Edited 11/27/2007 6:10 pm ET by solosmocker
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