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From: ruralgal71
Date: 03-07-2007, 02:41 PM (1 of 5)
I am sewing piping around a neckline and the bodice of a dress. All is going well except I don't know what this means. "Taper end at small dots." I have the small dots I just need to know what taper means. I have put bias binding around a neckline before and tucked the ends over but it is usually straight forward in this. I still have to add the lining so any answer would be great. Thanks for anyone's help.
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From: dmoses
Date: 03-07-2007, 03:45 PM (2 of 5)
At the ends, you should curve the piping off the edge of the seam allowance so that the piping ends at the small dots. As you sew over the small dot, you will also be sewing over the bulky part of the piping. This gives a neat finished edge to the piping as it disappears into the seam.

After it is sewn, you may want to trim the bulk out of the seam allowance. You can do this by first cutting the piping about 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the seam. Then pull back the fabric around the cord in the piping, and trim the cord close to the seam.

Hope this helps. :smile:
Take care,
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From: MaryW
Date: 03-07-2007, 05:37 PM (3 of 5)
Another tip is to fray the piping after you have stitched it off the seamline. That helps with the bulk.
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From: ruralgal71
Date: 03-07-2007, 07:43 PM (4 of 5)
Thanks so much for answering my question. Knew I would get help here.
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From: paroper
Date: 03-08-2007, 08:59 AM (5 of 5)
I usually open the piping and trim out the cord just after the seam line to help with the bulk too.

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