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Cording to Make Piping of Various Sizes??? - 6/28/2018 2:21:21 PM   
NormaK

 

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Ladies,

I'm in need of cording to make my own piping: baby, normal, and perhaps a little larger (the latter, to be used on thick flannel nightgowns). I had found some that is supposed to be used with Roman shades, but my local JoAnn's no longer has it. I'm not sure what sizes to order, if I do find a source of supply. I have been trying to use most things from my stash, so the fact that I haven't been in the market lately, means I've forgotten details of what I used to get!

I've become very fond of using piping around yokes and necklines, because it not only gives the garment a nice appearance, but it seems to helps the garment wear longer by reinforcing those areas.
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RE: Cording to Make Piping of Various Sizes??? - 6/28/2018 2:31:17 PM   
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Well, I found some "professional mini cord" at Farmhouse Fabrics, and it can be bought in 10-yard packages. However, it is hard to judge between the sizes--rather like comparing apples and oranges. Do any of you have experience with their options and/or words of wisdom?

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RE: Cording to Make Piping of Various Sizes??? - 6/28/2018 3:01:30 PM   
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I have used all kinds of things in cording - but be careful to pre-shrink whatever cord you use...ask me how I know!

Even kitchen cord can be used...and heavier threads...and yarn...and DMC various weights...and on and on...

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RE: Cording to Make Piping of Various Sizes??? - 6/28/2018 3:19:29 PM   
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Thank you, Grammie. I have used cotton yarn (the sort I've used to make pot holders), after pre-shrinking it, for two flannel nightgowns, but I would like something a little firmer (and smaller for a lighter-weight fabric). I shall have to keep looking.

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RE: Cording to Make Piping of Various Sizes??? - 6/28/2018 7:47:17 PM   
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Grammie and I are two of a kind, I've used lots of things too. If all else fails, try a hardware store to maybe find something that might work. Cotton yarn comes in a lighter weight, number 3 in the weight category, that would give you some firmness in a smaller size. Google "3 weight cotton yarn" and lots will come up.

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RE: Cording to Make Piping of Various Sizes??? - 6/29/2018 10:28:08 AM   
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Lowes and Home Depot have areas with curtains and curtain hardware and possibly will have some pre-packaged cording there, for re-stringing blinds, etc. Worth a try. If there is a custom drapery shop in your area, they might be willing to sell something appropriate.

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RE: Cording to Make Piping of Various Sizes??? - 6/29/2018 10:58:08 AM   
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Thank you very much, Carol and Dana. I used to be able to get the size drapery cord I wanted at our nearby JoAnn's, but couldn't find it the last time. I guess I need to check out further options locally or head over to the larger JoAnn's.

I DID find some baby-sized cording in my sewing room yesterday--where it belonged, but I'd forgotten where that was! Alas, that's not the size I want right now, so I shall have to venture out and about!

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RE: Cording to Make Piping of Various Sizes??? - 6/29/2018 11:12:31 PM   
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I've used different materials to make piping, and most recently used floche (embroidery thread about the
size of 3 strands of stranded floss) for tiny, baby piping. The main concern is that whatever you use not
have ridges that show through, and you don't want it to shrink. So I'd pre-treat.

I've used cotton kitchen string, and remember it did shrink up quite a bit...so I was glad I ran it through
hot water and the dryer.

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RE: Cording to Make Piping of Various Sizes??? - 7/6/2018 2:36:16 PM   
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Crochet thread.... 20 wt white.... is 100% cotton South Maid brand other brands read the label.....if you need finer still 30 wt but it comes in white and ecru/ivory only 30 wt can be used for embroidery on some machines - NOT janome



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RE: Cording to Make Piping of Various Sizes??? - 7/10/2018 11:19:53 AM   
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Thank you all! I ended up getting #24 nylon twine from Ace Hardware. I didn't want to mess with preshrinking it, and I wanted it to be pure white so it wouldn't show through. So far, I've only created the piping, since I'm still searching for the designs I want to embroider on the front yoke! It also took me long enough to figure out how to make striped piping again. Some things just need to be done more often, in order to remember how to do them!

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RE: Cording to Make Piping of Various Sizes??? - 7/10/2018 3:15:34 PM   
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The Decorating Diva (Pam Damour) sells cording on her website "Decorating Diva". She has several sizes available. She has free webinars sometimes two a month that are very educational.
Check her out.

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RE: Cording to Make Piping of Various Sizes??? - 7/11/2018 10:42:36 AM   
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Thank you, Bonita!

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RE: Cording to Make Piping of Various Sizes??? - 7/11/2018 11:27:57 AM   
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Norma, I still have some piping cord I ordered from MP co. It has ridges that showed through...so I've
never used it again. Sometimes the hardware store is the good place to go : )

I used to do a lot of home dec. and remember going to the hardware store for that cording too. Macrame'
cord (good quality jute) works great for big cording, like for cornices and cushions.

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RE: Cording to Make Piping of Various Sizes??? - 7/13/2018 2:14:55 AM   
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Thank you for all your suggestions!

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RE: Cording to Make Piping of Various Sizes??? - 8/23/2018 12:28:46 AM   
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I saw this cording featured in a Craftsy class. https://www.amazon.com/Pieces-Be-You-100-Yard-Polyester/dp/B0030CO894/ref=pd_sim_201_5?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0030CO894&pd_rd_r=04fab626-a694-11e8-a85b-ad9aadebc9ee&pd_rd_w=EbLXb&pd_rd_wg=tJcEP&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=a180fdfb-b54e-4904-85ba-d852197d6c09&pf_rd_r=XMNSDMQDZRDM55Q0AJGY&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=XMNSDMQDZRDM55Q0AJGY Don't know why that link address is so long, anyway this cord is 1/16" inch so is supposed to be a fine cording for those projects where you want something small for piping. Polyester but not supposed to melt with a hot iron.

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