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Written by Debbie Lomas on November 1, 2021

Foot of the Month - Piping Foot

Piping is a quick and easy way to add detail, a pop of colour, contrast, or texture to any sewing project. Piping gives an opportunity to draw attention to design elements and accentuate seamlines, transforming the simplest piece of clothing into a professional-looking made garment.

What is piping? Piping is a trim, made with a bias-cut strip of fabric, folded over cord. Piping thickness can vary by using different thicknesses of cord. Very petite piping is usually used for garments such as babies’ clothes, while thick piping is generally used on upholstery items. Piping is also sometimes referred to as cording or welting.

Piping can be purchased ready-made from your local sewing store, or if you cannot find one to match, you may prefer to make your own to get the exact look you want. Making and inserting piping has never been so easy, than with the range of piping feet from PFAFF.

The piping foot has a distinct groove under the foot, which holds the cord in place while you sew. The needle is then positioned to stitch next to the cord, giving precise stitching when sewing. The Piping Foot can be used to create your own binding or to insert binding in between two layers of fabric, for a tailored finish. Custom finish binding with a top stitch, by opening seam and pressing fabric to the wrong side. Adjust the needle to the desired position and sew.

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There are four Piping feet of this style in the range to cater for your specific needs of sewing!

Narrow Piping Foot #P8209180-96

The Narrow Piping Foot is used to make trim for home dec projects, fashion projects or wherever you’d like to add a finishing touch! It is used to cover 1mm cords with fabric for specialty piping and insert the piping into seams or edges for a tailored finish. It can also be used with packaged piping. The clear view allows you to see the piping placement and know exactly where you are stitching

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Piping Foot #8205320-96

Insert packaged piping into seams and edges for a tailored finish. Cover cord with fabric for specialty piping.

TIP: When you sew this piping into a garment, adjust the needle position so it stitches one setting closer to the cord to cover the first stitching.

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Welting Foot #P8205300-96 and Twin Welting Foot #P820310-96

The Welting Foot and the Twin Welting Foot are used to make trim for your home decor projects like pillows, cushions, and other home accessories. You can also make trim to cover raw edges on your upholstery, which you can then attach with a staple gun. It's quick and easy to make and insert welt cording. The Welting Foot works the same way as the Piping Foot but is designed for larger sizes of cording. Create your own trim when the colour you want isn't available!

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To learn more about our wonderful Foot of the Month Club, check with your nearest retailer for classes today!

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Article written by Debbie Lomas
Debbie started her career working in a fabric store at the age of 20. She quickly moved into selling machines and teaching. After working with VSM for a number of years, she travelled to many craft shows around Australia teaching a variety of classes including the new love of her life, quilting and patchwork.

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