Cord sewing foot

Cord sewing foot DEFAULT

The Cording Foot Snaps onto the existing shank and presser foot holder on your machine. The guide on the top of the foot has three slots in which to place cords. To load the cords into the slots on the top of the foot, simply slide the cords in from the right. Load the left cord first, then the center cord and finally the right cord.

Tip: Tie the ends of the cords together with a knot in order to keep the cords from slipping out of the back of the foot.

Any type of cord from yarn to thin braid can be used in the Cording Foot, as long as it is thin enough to easily pass through the slots on the top of the foot. The bottom of the Cording Foot has grooves which allow the cords and dense stitching to pass freely underneath.
Select a decorative stitch, with the stitch width set wide enough to cover the width of the cords.
Experiment with various types of stitches and decorative threads to create unique combinations.

Gathering Fabrics

The Cording Foot can also be used to gather fabrics. Because the gathering cord is thicker than normal gathering stitches, there is less chance for the thread to break while drawing the fabric to gather it. Place a single strand of the cord into the center groove.
Secure the cord by tying a knot in the end and bringing the knot behind the presser foot. Select a narrow zig-zag stitch that is just wide enough to sew over the cord, but not sew into the cord.
Stitch the cord to the fabric. When finished, pull the cord, which will draw up (or gather) the fabric. adjust the fullness of the fabric as desired, then knot the end of the cord to secure.

Texture Fabric

Combine rows and rows of cords to create an interesting texture to embellish fabric. To expose more of the cords themselves, try using monofilament thread in the needle.
This makes the stitching almost invisible. This textured fabric has been used to embellish a napkin ring. What will you use your textured fabric for?

Make Plaid

make a fun plaid design by sewing rows of cords across the fabric horizontally, then sewing rows of cords down the fabric vertically. Vary the width between rows and combinations of cords to add interest to your plaid design.
Combine different decorative machine stitches with different combinations of cords for unique embellishments.


In this video sewing tutorial I will show you how to use a cording foot for sewing an elastic cord and making decorative trims. 

What is the cording foot?

I use  cording footH mostly – it’s from Janome, but there are other brands and types available. This one is a 3-way cording foot for attaching 1,2 or 3 cords. The foot has grooves on the front and on the back where the cords can be inserted. There is also a small metal bar to fix the cords so they don’t move and stay right under the needle. 

This is a snap-on presser foot so attaching it to the sewing machine is really easy and it’s good for any low shank machine that takes snap on feet – including Brother, Babylock, Elna, Janome, Juki, etc.

What does a cording foot do?

I am going to use the foot for attaching an elastic cord for the waistline of the dress I am making for my friend. 

I just place the cord into the center grove and bring it behind the foot. 

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What stitch to use? I will use a regular zigzag stitch. Just make sure the width of the zig zag stitch is big enough for the cord so the stitches are not catching the cord but just go over it. 

I use this kind of elastic quite often, for waistline seams mostly, and without this foot it’s almost impossible to sew over the elastic cord without catching it in the seam. But with the foot you can insert the elastic cord fast and easy. 

After you are done with stitching pull the cord to gather the fabric, adjust it as you want it and secure the cord by tying the ends with a knot. 

This how it looks like in the end – this kind of waist seams is really comfortable and very simple to make. 

This foot is good not only for elastic, it can also be used for decorative sewing. For example, I can easily transform a plain ribbon to the fancy one. 

Just use some nice cords. The cords have to be thin enough to go to the grooves on the top of the foot. You can choose multiple colors that go well with each other, or use the same colors (I use two green and one yellow with some gold threads in them). 

Select a special stitch – this one. Each cord has to be attached to the fabric.  Experiment with different stitch widths and lengths.  

Insert the cords one by one into the foot before you put it on the machine. Load the left cord first, then the center cord and finally the right cord. 

Snap it on and start sewing. Make sure that the cords that lie in front of the foot are not twisting. Keep them aligned so they feed smoothly and don’t pull them. But the cords can’t be twisted if they are already in the foot – cording foot eliminates tangling. 

You can mark the fabric so you see where you need to place the cords. Sew slowly to prevent mistakes because it’s not easy to correct them. You can see that the cords lie perfectly flat and parallel to each other. 

You can easily embellish fabric and ribbons by combining different decorative stitches with different color cords.  You can even use an invisible monofilament thread in the needle so the stitches over the cords will be invisible. 

Cording foot H (that I have) doesn’t have a screw and this black bar can’t be adjusted but I see that the cording foot from Madam Sew kit has the screw on the left of the foot and you can loosen the screw when working with larger cord and tighten it when working with fine yarn.   

There are other types of cording feet available – with 5 or even 7 holes for cords/ yarn, but I don’t use them because it seems to me it’s not easy to manage 5-7 cords at once. 

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I also have sewing tutorials about other interesting presser feet I use almost daily. Check them out below. 

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Selecting the Right Cording Foot

In general, we recommend using the same size cording foot as the piping you’re hoping to sew. This works for most firm piping cords. However, if you’re going to be using a soft piping cord like our Polyester Braided Piping (#106716), then we recommend sizing up a foot. These softer cords can get crushed by the foot, which causes your sewing to wander. A larger foot will prevent this.

For the Fabricator® Sewing Machine, we offer cording feet in three sizes: 1/8, 1/4 and 3/16 inch. The Ultrafeed® and Leatherwork® Sewing Machines feature piping tunnels built into their standard presser feet. The Ultrafeed LS-1 model, as well as the Leatherwork machine, features a 1/4-inch piping tunnel, while the LSZ-1 model features only a 5/32-inch piping tunnel. To sew larger piping with the Ultrafeed LSZ-1, you can upgrade to the Cording Foot Set for Larger Welting (#104854), which works for piping up to 1/4 inch.

We also carry extra-large welting cords that are 1/2 inch to 1 inch in diameter. Since there aren’t cording feet large enough to feed these cords through the foot, we recommend using a roping zipper foot. This foot will let you sew close to the piping for a tight fit of the fabric around your cord.

Bernina Cording \u0026 Piping Sewing Machine \u0026 Serger Foot

Adding piping to a seam can make a beautiful statement.  It can add an interesting splash of color to an otherwise dull seam.  I’m going to show you how easy it is to add piping to any seam.  First off lets look at some feet.

The foot on the left is a zipper foot.  Most sewing machines come with a zipper foot.  This can be used to put in piping, so no additional feet are needed.  But if you’re willing to invest a few dollars, you can get a piping foot (shown on the right), and adding piping becomes simple.

sew in piping

A piping foot is shaped perfectly to follow the piping and sew it down at just the right place.  Don’t worry, I’ll show you how to use both feet to put in your piping.

sew in piping

Here’s what piping looks like.  It’s a small piece of cording wrapped in fabric and sewn in place.  It’s not difficult to make your own, but for the most part, purchasing it is very nice.

sew in piping

When attaching piping to your fabric, place it raw sides together, so that the cording is facing inward.  Pin with edges aligned.  Store-bought piping leaves 3/8″ of fabric from the sewn line on the piping to the edge of the piping, so we can easily use a 3/8″ seam allowance for our projects.  When pinning your piping to your fabric, leave an extra tail of about 2″ – 3″.

sew in piping

When you reach a corner, clip the piping from the raw edge up to the sewn line (but not through the stitching) and rotate it.  If you’re using a 3/8″ seam allowance, you’d clip the piping 3/8″ from the corner.  If your corners are rounded, simply clip darts in the piping to allow it to curve.  Again, make sure you don’t clip through the stitching on the piping.

sew in piping

When you’ve pinned all the way around, leave a tail at the end.

sew in piping

Using a zipper foot to sew:

Attach your zipper foot and place the foot so that it’s next to the cording in the piping.  Move the needle so that it matches up with the stitching.  I moved mine over as far as I could to the left.

sew in piping

Using a piping foot to sew:

Attach your piping foot and place the “bump” of the piping in the hole of the foot.  Move the needle so that it is lined up with the stitching on the piping.

sew in piping

Sew around your project, following the piping all the way around, working corners carefully.  Make sure you leave 2″ – 3″ not sewn at each end.

sew in piping

When you get to the end, stop a few inches before.  Pick one side of the piping and open up the stitching with a seam ripper.

sew in piping

Line up where the piping will meet when on top of each other and trim the excess cording so there’s no overlap of that.

sew in piping

Fold the fabric covering the cording (on the side you trimmed) over the cording.

sew in piping

Place the other bit of piping on top.

sew in piping

Fold over the fabric covering the cording over the other piece as well and pin in place.  Sew the remaining bit of piping down to secure.

sew in piping

When adding another piece of fabric on top of the one with the piping attached, align the edges as normal, placing right sides together.  If you’re using a piping foot, you have a nice advantage because you’ll automatically follow the piping since it’s in the ditch of the foot.  A zipper foot can be used, but you’ll have to be a bit more careful.

sew in piping

So when you open your seam, here’s what it looks like with the piping!

sew in piping

Beautiful!  So many possibilities!

Here’s a simple little project that uses piping.


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