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« on: December 28, 2005 11:30:30 AM »

I'm currently making a costume that requires a thin (3-4mm wide?) gold metallic tubed material to be sewn on to create a sort of military decorative embellishment effect (if you haven't a clue what I'm talking about, please say and I'll doodle what I mean!). Does anybody know if that exists and if so where I can get it? If not some alternative suggestions would be lovely! <3
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2005 05:21:35 AM »

Sounds like you probably want something like this-http://www.kleins.co.uk/index.asp?function=DISPLAYPRODUCT&productid=332

However you could also try searching for tubular crinoline/tubular horsehair trims if you want to find something gold-coloured,rather than woven gold wire.
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2005 05:25:43 AM »

do you mean piping?  like, something that would be used at a border on a bag or what have you. like that.  so easy to make.  let me know.
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2005 10:34:46 AM »

That would be useful to know!
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2005 10:51:08 AM »

alright, it is sooooo easy.  i just used twine because my dad had a spool of it laying around.

i wish i had pictures for you, but it is easy enough.  i think you'll get it without them.

what you need:
1. fabric of choice
2. twine, thin tube-ish pipe from hardware store (ha, nice description, huh?), anything of that sort, that would come in a spool.
3. sewing machine.. or needle and thread.
how to:
1. cut a piece of fabric 1" wide, as long as you need.  [if you need piping to be longer than your fabric is, cut several pieces of fabric (1" wide) and place them front sides together.  Stitch across.  pretty basic.]
2.  cut your twine/tubing the same length as your piece of fabric.
3.  lay the twine in the center on the fabric and fold fabric in half so that is completely covers the twine.  The twine should be laying tightly in the fold of the fabric.
4.  pin the fabric together every few inches all the way across.  ***make sure that the twine is tightly against the fold of the fabric.
5.  Sewing as close to the bump (created by the twine) as possibly, stitch down the entire piec of piping.  (Remove pins as you get to them, i have found it is just easier that way.)

i hope that was somewhat helpful and/or coherent. 

to use the piping as a border/edge is extremely easy.  If you need help with that... let me know and I'll try to create some tutorial images.
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2005 10:59:09 AM »

Thanks so much for the help!
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2005 11:12:33 AM »

no problem.  and as i was re-reading.. you can probably find 3-4mm tubing at a hardware store and just cute the fabric wider to fit around it.  the imprtant part, at least with piping, is to have about a half inch extra to sew it onto the bag or costume.
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