A Tutorial on How to Add Piping to a Neck Line When Sewing

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Piping contains a strip of fabric that covers a length of cording. Although an optional embellishment, piping adds a distinctive and attractive touch along the edges of garments. Suitable for pocket edges, the bottom edge of jackets and necklines, piping is a subtle detail that you can add easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Piping
  • Scissors
  • Garment under construction
  • Pins
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Zipper foot
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Cut a length of piping that will cover the entire edge of the neckline. Make the piping the same length as the neckline.

  • Insert the tip of the scissors into the cording at both ends of the piping and trim off about 1/2 inch of cording. This will eliminate bulk in the seam allowance and allow you to fold back the ends of the piping.

  • Place the right side of the piping against the right side of the garment at the neckline. Align the raw edge of the piping so the stitching line that runs along the cording is immediately over the seam line of the neckline. The raw edge of the neckline and piping will not always align evenly.

  • Fold the bottom corners of the ends of the piping up to the raw edge of the neckline to finish these edges. Pin the folded ends in place.

  • Hand-baste the piping in place with the hand sewing needle and thread, stitching along the entire length of piping. Remove the pins.

  • Place the neckline facing piece over the basted piping with the right side of the facing down and the wrong side up. Pin the facing in place, inserting the pins from the garment side of the neckline to enable you to machine stitch using the basting stitches as a guide.

  • Install the zipper foot into the sewing machine. Sew along the neckline edge, placing the stitching line about 1/8-inch deeper than the hand-basting line you sewed. Remove the pins.

  • Grade the seam allowances by trimming off the facing seam allowance to about 1/4-inch, the piping seam allowance to 3/8-inch and the garment seam allowance to 1/2-inch.

  • Turn the facing to the inside of the neckline and press the neckline well with the iron to finish.

References

  • "Power Sewing Step-By-Step"; Sandra Betzina; 2002
  • "New Complete Guide to Sewing"; Reader's Digest; 2002
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images
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