In a previous article "Make That New Pillow Pop With Piping," we talked about piping and how easily it can be used with sewing machines such as a Bernette to make a cute pillow accessory with piping to make it really stand out.
Yet before you can make your own piping, you’ve got to choose the right filler cord that will work for your project before you start sewing anything with sewing machines such as an EverSewn Sparrow set up on a Horn sewing cabinet.
With the right filler cord, the piping you make for your pillow will be as prominent as you want it to be and hold up well to normal use.
What Is Piping Filler Cord - What Does It Do?
Filler cord, also called welting or just piping cord, is what fills the inside of the piping trim used on pillows, bags, home decor, garments, and other items.
It is what gives the piping its uniform, rounded shape and holds that shape as the item gets used and washed.
Filler cord can be made from various materials and comes in a variety of thicknesses to choose based on your need.
This flexibility is the main reason why many sewists find it better to make their own custom piping on an EverSewn Sparrow 30 sewing machine rather than limiting a project with the standard prepackaged piping sizes sold in the store.
What Are The Different Types of Filler Cord?
Sold in pre-measured lengths or by the yard off the roll, filler cord for piping can be found made from 100% cotton, 100% polyester, cotton covered polyester, plastic, paper, foam, and other materials.
It is available in multiple thicknesses from as thin as 3/16” to as thick as 1” and multiple degrees of stiffness based on the material and its thickness, each of which is more or less suitable for different projects.
Which Filler Cord Should You Use for Your Piping?
When used for making clothing, decor, or other accessories sewn with a Bernette sewing machine, you can choose a cord that’s as thick or thin as you like so long as you use enough binding fabric to wrap completely around it when making your piping.
The important details to consider when deciding on what filler cord to use include the material being used and how stiff and/or thick you want your piping to be.
Cotton filler cord is also fairly soft and durable which makes it a popular choice; however, it can shrink like other cotton fabric does, so you should pre-shrink it before making piping.
You must also consider cord stiffness and thickness, as you’ll want to use a stiffer and potentially thicker cord for a decor item like a pillow that you plan to sew; however, a softer and finer option is better for clothing or a bag.
Ultimately, your choice must balance out thickness and stiffness so you get the appearance you want with the material that is suitable for your project.
Ready to Make Some Piping?
There are no hard and fast rules when choosing a filler cord for sewing custom piping on your EverSewn Sparrow 30 sewing machine; you are free to do what seems suitable for your project.
Just keep in mind before you start working at your sewing machine that certain materials are more suitable for wearing and washing than others, so thickness and stiffness should be chosen in relation to how the item will be used.
Once you’ve chosen the perfect filler cord, you can whip up the perfect piping for any project!
If you missed that first article about piping, here is a link to "Make That New Pillow Pop With Piping!" for your reading pleasure!