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Mary_Ellen_Rynes | Posted in General Sewing Info on

What is the best way to sew on cording? I am making a little velvet bag. I can use cording that has a lip for the seamed portion, but I would like to continue it up for a little handle. And obviously the lipped portion won’t work. So, what is the best way to attach the plain cording to a seamed bag that can continue around to a handle? Do I need to use separate pieces? All suggestions welcome.
Mary Ellen


  1. silkscape_ | | #1

    It would be fairly quick to just handstitch the cording around the bag, secure it well at the top, and leave the loops for handles. (you'll have to join the ends at the bottom of the bag.)

    Or, if you have a foot with a cording channel you could zigzag over the cord at the sides only. It would be difficult to get around a corner of a square shaped bag.

    1. Paula | | #2

      *Mary Ellen, What you need to do is use the cord that doesnot have the 'lip' and add your own 'lip' to it. To do this use a cording foot on your sewing machine, set the zigzag so it is off to one side only, if possible and then use a clear or matching thread. Lay a strip of tricot under your cord and stitch along one side of the cord catching the zig through the cord and the zag off the edge. Then fold back the tricot edges to make your lip, the tricot will be double thickness after it is folded back.But there may be another easier way, especially if you already have the cord that you want to use. Many of the cords are made with a sew-in edge already attached to them in the manner that I described above, you simply unsew the edging off the part that you want to have no lip or edge sticking out. There have been times when I wanted just plain cord which I was going to zigzag in place so it had to remove the edge, worked fine.One other tip: When I make my own bias-cut fabric covered cording I cut the fabric strips extra wide, after stitching the cord in place I then trim the edges to an even 1/2" size using an unthreaded serger. Guiding the cord along the left side of the serger presser foot and allowing the serger to do all the work and trim off the edges evenly. My serger foot is 1/2 inch wide, so I end up with a 1/2" seam allowance on my cording. This will go very fast, I've done hundreds of yards of self-made cording this way.

  2. sewdude | | #3

    Best / Fast way to do cording?  Fasturn! the blue tubes they have are great to turn and cord in one motion!  they let us cord for piping on all our chairs--real easy to do! is site for information.  or nancy notions too.

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