This is the way my mother showed me and she was a real pro. She did upholstery and slip covers as well as anything else with a needle and thread.
Here is her simple and nearly invisible way to make the beginning and end of cording on a pillow meet up.
Pin it down. Now sew down the piping all the way around with your zipper foot. I always sew this down securely before I attach the back side of the pillow. Sewing all those layers at once is too hard and will not save you time in the long run when it all goes awry.
ALERT! I was noticing how close my fingers got to the needle while using this zipper foot. BE CAREFUL. I have never sewn my finger...yet! This is the foot from an old Elna (Mom's) that finally had to put to rest. I resurrected it for my new Janome because the zipper foot that came with the machine doesn't let me get as close to the piping "bump" even when I move the needle position
Notice the difference?
I got into the mid-century modern mode when I offered to make pillows for Peter at Male Pattern Boldness. See them here or in my previous post.
They were so much fun to do that I decided to get with the trend and make some for my Etsy shop where these are now listed.
Hoping other people like them as much as Peter
|Backs - The zippers are hidden under the center stripe.|
Piping is the finishing touch that makes a pillow go pro. I have made pillows without but they are never as satisfying.