Sewing Piping

lizstanton08November 5, 2008

I am learning to sew using the book "Sew Fast, Sew Easy." My first project is a pillow. This pillow includes piping, and the instructions state to overlap the ends of the piping. I did this, and when I sewed over it, the machine had difficulty feeding and created a clump of thread on the other side. I have one more pillow to make (as a gift to my in-laws). What can I do to prevent the thread from bunching? It only happens when I go over the double layer of piping, and the machine appears to have difficulty moving beyond that area, even when I try to guide it.

I use a Kenmore  model 16231 (

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I see no one has answered you yet. I made my mom a needlepoint pillow couple of yrs back-only 1 I've ever done but it had piping around edge. I made sure piping was pinned through so it didn't disappear when I started could run stitch or 2 through it so it won't move back into casing & started on a side as easier to work after you go around & come up to meet where you started, I just measured it & cut it about 1/4 in. longer than I thought I needed by pulling the fabric back do the cut & put the ends of fabric over the starting fabric & edges of fabric ruffle tucked inside itself & finish by hand. It came out beautifully. Trying to sew over it will twist it I think, but I rarely do things like other people so I do what I have to do to get results, maybe has something to do with being a leftie?? Hope someone else has a better explanation. Jan

    Bookmark   November 6, 2008 at 12:36AM
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If you go to you tube and search 'sewing piping' you get a bunch of videos showing different steps in making piping and attaching piping...


    Bookmark   November 6, 2008 at 1:50PM
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If you can, purchase a piping foot, makes sewing piping so much easier. If not, use a zipper foot and move your needle to the left. You are not sewing over the piping but sewing right next to it.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2008 at 11:55PM
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FlamingO in AR

Rather than sewing over it where it joins, I usually trim it and butt the ends of the cording together and overlapping just a bit of the piping material for 1/2 inch or so. Takes a little more time, lots of pinning and measuring and trying it for size, but it's a neater look.

That said, I did overlap the ends of piping on an Amy Butler Weekender bag because it specifically said to, and I don't think my White could have done it, it was pretty thick. The Bernina handled it fine, though. They make a gizmo called a Jean-a-ma-jig, I think, to help you get up and over thicknesses, like you would find on jeans. You may need one of those.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2008 at 9:32AM
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