SERIES ON FEET PART 8: PIPING FOOT

RE pillow 2

 

There are a few different feet so let’s make it simple:

PIPING FOOT FOR 7mm machine models. Part Number: 200314006

piping footPIPING FOOT FOR 9mm machine models  Part Number: 202088004

piping foot 9mm

PIPING FOOT FOR ELNA SERGERS  – there are  few different ones for different model sergers so please check with your local ELNA dealer who can advise you what is available for your specific ELNA serger model. This foot allows you to insert piping into a seam AND finish the seam with a serged overedge at the same time. Very useful in many applications.

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Here are some step-by-step pics  and video for making  & inserting piping using the Janome/Elna piping foot:

 

First fold the fabric over to form a bias 45 degree angle. This is very necessary for piping that will be applied to curves or corners

First fold the fabric over to form a bias 45 degree angle. This is very necessary for piping that will be applied to curves or corners

 

Now use the rotary cutter & ruler to cut strips of bias fabric to cover your piping cording. Cut as much as you need and join strips together as necessary. Suggestion: cut strips wide enough to fold over & around the cord and still give you enough fabric to work with for insertion into the seam. You can always trim this down later - much better than fiddly with too little fabric! My strips were 1 1/2 inches wide.

Now use the rotary cutter & ruler to cut strips of bias fabric to cover your piping cording. Cut as much as you need and join strips together as necessary. Suggestion: cut strips wide enough to fold over & around the cord and still give you enough fabric to work with for insertion into the seam. You can always trim this down later – much better than fiddling with too little fabric! My strips were 1 1/2 inches wide.  

Strips ready to join & cover the cording to make the piping

Strips ready to join & then cover cording to make the piping

 

Here's a tip: cut those 45 degree angles off the ends of your strips to join. Place then RST as in pic and sew the bias seam diagonally as shown with the pins. I do not usually pin. I lay the ends overlapping by a 1/8 - 1/4 inch so I can see where to start & stop my seam.....really clever so I now frequently use this tip I learned along the way.

Here’s a tip: cut those 45 degree angles off the ends of your strips to join. Place then RST as in pic and sew the bias seam diagonally as shown with the pins. I do not usually pin. I lay the ends overlapping by a 1/8 – 1/4 inch so I can see where to start & stop my seam…..really clever so I now frequently use this tip I learned along the way.

 

Now you need the piping cord. I prefer to use cotton although poly or nylon cording will also work. If cotton it MUST be pre-shrunk or your piping will "wrinkle" later when you wash the item. Just put in a bowl and pour boiling water over the cotton cording. When cool, hang to drip dry.  Rat tail also works well.  If you want to use micro piping (baby items or doll's clothes), then use crochet thread or similar as your cording. Lay the cording inside the piping fabric strip & fold over enclosing the cord.  I find it helps to use my fingernail to crease up against the cord to keep it real snug in the fold. I do this & sew for a bit, stop, push into the fold again & sew some more.

Now you need the piping cord. I prefer to use cotton although poly or nylon cording will also work. If cotton it MUST be pre-shrunk or your piping will “wrinkle” later when you wash the item. Just put in a bowl and pour boiling water over the cotton cording. When cool, hang to drip dry.
Rat tail also works well – you do not need to pre-shrink rat tail & other similar poly or nylon products.
If you want to make micro piping (baby items or doll’s clothes etc), then use crochet thread or similar as your cording.
Lay the cording inside the piping fabric strip & fold over enclosing the cord.
I find it helps to use my fingernail to crease up against the cord to keep it real snug in the fold. I do this & sew for a bit, stop, push into the fold again & sew some more.

Why are there 2 grooves under the foot? That is because you can make double piping or welting with this foot…..but that is for another day!

AND, of course, you would use this same piping foot when you insert the piping into the item you are making….pillow? dress? skirt? the list is endless.

This is where the Piping foot is INVALUABLE. Ride the foot over the cord using one of the 2 grooves under the foot. Adjust the needle position so that you are sewing the cord snugly into the fold of the fabric.

This is where the Piping foot is INVALUABLE. Ride the foot over the cord using one of the 2 grooves under the foot. Adjust the needle position so that you are sewing the cord snugly into the fold of the fabric.

 

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About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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