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    Posted: 21 October 2008 at 10:33pm
My first project with my new LSZ-1, weather cloths for my boat, was very successful and I am now ready to go on to making cockpit cushions.
 
I shall be making basic box style cushions with welting around the edges. My question is this:
 
Should the plate, welting, and boxing be sewn together in one stitching, or should it be done in two steps, first sewing the welting to the plate and then sewing the boxing to the assembled welting/plate?
 
Incidentally, is there a difference between "welting" and "piping"?
 
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Alan
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Hi Alan,
If you are really good you can do it all at once. I always sew the welt to the plate and then attach the boxing in a second process myself.
 
To my knowledge welt and piping are the same thing. I use the terms interchangeably. I would guess that if you looked into it the one refers to the actual cord and the other is the full assembly (with cover).
 
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Check out that Automotive Upholstery Handbook by Taylor.  He gives some great detail on cushion making.  Sailrite carries it as well as other book sellers.

He does it like Matt says, sewing the piping to the plate first.

He makes a real point of making sure you "let" (notch) the corners so that it does not curl up from the tension in the fabric.  He really harps on the plate laying nice and flat when you're done sewing the welt.

He also gives a lot of good detail on how to deal with joining & finishing the two ends of the welting.

Vince
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