Learning how to sew piping on any project is a must for any sewers. Start mastering this technique with this easy step-by-step tutorial.
How to Sew Piping: A Simple and Easy Guide
Piping is a type of embellishment sewn on the fabric of your garment. These colorful little pieces of piping, usually made from bias tapes, define lines and edges of your garments. You can see pipings used in throw pillows and upholstery. But do not be limited by that! Piping looks great on bodices of dresses, blouses, and other kinds of garments as well. Let your creativity flow and learn how to sew piping on a dress with this simple and easy tutorial!
Materials to Use on How to Sew Piping on a Dress:
Points to Remember:
- For this tutorial, I will be using pre-made piping. You might want to make your own piping from bias tapes. Learn about how to make bias tapes here.
- If you want to use pre-made piping as well, please note that they are limited in length and color. The great thing about them, though, is they are made from bias tapes as well. The stretchy quality of bias tapes make them easier to use on curves.
- The piping always gets sewn on one side first. That way, we can make sure of the placement on the piping.
Step 1: Make a Basting Stitch
Start by making room for a seam allowance between the edge of your fabric and piping. To mark where you should be sewing your piping, make a basting stitch 5/8 of an inch from the raw edge of your fabric. And don’t worry, this stitch is not permanent. We’re just doing this to anchor our piping in place.
Step 2: Pin Your Piping Near the Seam
Pin the piping to the right side of your fabric. Then, align the stitch of your piping to your basting stitch. The raw edge of your piping should face the same side as the raw edge of your fabric. The piping should be on the left of your basting stitch.
Reminder: Please do not use a back stitching here.
Step 3: Attach Your Piping on Your Fabric
Change your presser foot to a zipper foot and adjust the position of your needle. This is to make sure you get to sew as close to the piping as possible.
Tip: If your sewing machine allows you to adjust the placement of your needle, by all means do so. The goal here is to really sew closer to the piping.
Step 4: Create Your Normal Seams
Now, we’re going to close your fabrics together with the piping showing up nicely in between them. Line up the raw edges and notches of your fabrics. Use regular stitches, keep on sewing as close to the piping as possible.
Reminder: Bear in mind the 5/8 seam allowance before sewing the normal seams.
Step 5: Press Your Seams
For normal seams, you usually press them open. But for seams that contain a piping, keep them closed and press them towards the center of the garment.
Step 6: Top Stitch
On the right side of your garment, do a top stitch right along the edge of your piping. This is an optional step which you can do on seams with allowances. Make top stitches only on the side where the seam allowances are underneath.
Step 7: For Curved Seams, Cut Your Seam Allowance
If your seams are curved, cut your seam allowance down and place notches (inverted triangles). Don’t cut on your stitches unless you want to see a hole in your garment. The purpose of cutting the seam allowance is to make it look flatter on the right side of the fabric.
Reminder: Remove all the basting stitches once you’re done sewing the piping.
Here’s the video from Professor Pincushion for the full tutorial on how to sew piping on a dress:
Learning how to sew piping on a dress is really easy! Now you can stretch the limits of your creativity and apply this sewing technique on other projects.
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