Edge Finishing Techniques Part One - Piping and Hemstitching

Sewing is still one of America’s favorite past times. Even now, in our world of convenience, there’s nothing more rewarding than creating our own garments with beautiful, luxurious fabrics. If you’re just starting to learn how to sew, you might be wondering about the various edging and finishing techniques. There are several that are commonly used. Today, we are going to talk about two of the most popular.

We will also continue discovering the various types in future blog posts as well, so be sure to check back with us soon if you don’t find the finish you’re looking for!

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Piping – Those looking to add color, shine or texture to the outside of a garment’s seamline should consider finishing with a technique called piping. You can purchase the piping ready-made or make it yourself. To DIY piping at home, wrap a filler cord with a bias bit of fabric. This can be a bit time consuming, so if you’re interested in purchasing the piping, contact Josephine’s to learn more about available options. To finish apparel, lay the piping on the right side of the seamline that needs finishing. Make sure it’s just beyond the stitching line. Once in place, baste the piping with a zipper foot. Then, place the side of the parallel raiment over the piped cloth. Be sure to match the raw edges and then lightly sew the piping, closer than you would a regular length.

Hemstitch – A traditional method, passed down from generation to generation is called the hemstitch finish. This technique will add more to your finish than expected. This is a beautiful way to add a deep hem to a gathered or pleated skirt. Natural fibers work best when using this technique. Be sure you’re using linen or cotton for best results. A special needle called a “wing” is also needed to create this finish. If you have a modern day sewing machine, you’ll more than likely have access to the hemstitch patterns, but it’s important to check the machine’s capabilities first, before starting.

Interested in learning more? Be sure to visit back with our blog soon. We will talk more about edging and finishing techniques. Also, be sure to contact us if you have any questions about the finest fabrics and accessories that we also offer. We strive to inspire your creativity with the highest quality fabrics available.

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