How to Sew On Upholstery Trim

Piping and cording are used on upholstered furniture and on pillows.

Cording and piping can be used to make your upholstery project both more durable and more attractive. Inserting piping into the seams of seat cushions is a relatively easy process which is done as the seams are being sewn. Piping helps to stabilize the shape of the cushion and prevent it from stretching out of shape.

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The easiest piping to insert is called lip cord. Unlike standard cord piping, lip cord does not need to be covered and best of all it already has a seam allowance – called the lip -  which will be sewn into the seam.

Cording must be covered before being inserted. Debbie Colgrove at About.Com Sewing gives detailed, illustrated instructions on covering cording.

Braids and trims are also a great way to add style to upholstery and drapes. They may be sewn on by hand or machine. Some trim is too thick to feed through a standard sewing machine and must be sewn in place by hand.

Use a thimble and long repair (darning) or upholstery needle when sewing upholstery and drapery trims by hand. A strong thread such as Coats & Clark Dual Duty is also necessary.