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Ultra Suede for piping. - 2/16/2017 7:40:18 PM   


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I'm wanting to pipe a pillow with cording covered in ultra suede. It doesn't seem to have a noticeable grain. Can I just cut the strips on grain or across grain, rather than bias? I am making four pillows, all different sizes and different for dgd's bed. She has just turned 16 and is hanging a tapestry from the wall like this All the appliques I have used, flowers, elephants, peacocks, I have used different ultra suede pieces from my stash. Anyone have an idea on the piping? Thanks,


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RE: Ultra Suede for piping. - 2/16/2017 8:00:26 PM   


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I don't think you need to cut on the bias, but I have no proof of this. I'm sure someone will come long and give you an answer for sure.

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RE: Ultra Suede for piping. - 2/16/2017 8:35:01 PM   

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I made two pillows like that. Mine were "fake" ultra suede. Which is like saying fake fake suede! Because it was much cheaper fabric than the "real" ultrasuede. We could call this fun with oxymorons, or double and triple redundancies! However, once again, I digress... But... I do think I cut mine on the bias. However, IMO, you really shouldn't need to. The bias is to give the fabric the ability to shape to curves, which doesn't apply to regular pillows, or to give a check, gingham, stripe, etc. a cute diagonal/bias decorative element. All you will be doing here is snipping the fabric flange section of the covered cording one to three times at the corner to allow it to turn the corner, right? I know some take a single snip right at the corner, others snip just about 1/4" to 1/2" from either side of the corner as well. So all of this to say I think you will be fine with straight grain. But I'd do a little sample and stitch it like a corner and just see if you're happy with the results before you commit to cutting straight grain strips. Hope we get to see them when complete!


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RE: Ultra Suede for piping. - 2/16/2017 8:50:36 PM   


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Thanks to both for your answers. I'm a several snipper at the corners. lol Will give it a try. I really didn't want to bias as I would have too many joins. Will try to post. The designs are from mostly from two sets from Embroidery on Line, Bella Morocco and Samazaar by Woo Hoo Designs. The detail in the first set are really beautiful but the second set only gave one tackdown and a very narrow cover stitch. I'm glad I used the ultra suede as it will not fray and does give nice dimension. Will try to post pictures.



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RE: Ultra Suede for piping. - 2/17/2017 4:51:18 PM   


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That's quite a project! Looking forward to pictures.

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RE: Ultra Suede for piping. - 2/17/2017 7:11:11 PM   
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My only suggestion is to use the thinner weight of ultra comes in several
weights, or it used to, and I don't believe there is a noticeable grain to it. If it doesn't
stretch more going across what we normally think of as a bias angle, I wouldn't
worry about it.

The real stuff looks the same on both sides (looks like suede leather front and back, but
I've seen some that looks similar at Joanne, with a knit backing of some kind and that
does have a grain of sorts to it. I guess it would depend on which kind you're using, as
to if there was a need to cut on the bias.

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