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Sewing Welt Cord

What is Welt Cord?

It is a cord with a sewn fabric cover. It can used as trim on cushions and other parts of furniture. Self-welt is made from the same fabric used on the piece of furniture. Contrasting welt is made from a contrasting fabric.

Sewing Welt Cord On a Home Sewing Machine

Upholstery shops use a commercial sewing machine that has a foot that is made specifically for sewing welt.

You can sew welt on your home sewing machine even though it  does not have a welt foot.  All you need to do is use the zipper foot.

When sewing welt on a home sewing machine,  sew the seam as close to to welt cord as possible. With the zipper foot on your sewing machine, you will be able to sew close. 

The illustration below shows a home sewing machine with a zipper foot attached.

Sewing welt cord with zipper foot
Sewing welt cord with zipper foot

  With a regular foot on the sewing machine, as shown below, you cannot get the seam close to the welt cord. On this machine the distance between the needle and the left side of the foot is about 1/4 inch.  

Sewing welt cord with regular foot
Sewing welt cord with regular foot

See examples below:

The welt on the left was sewn with a zipper foot and you can see that the seam is close to the cord. The welt on the right was sewn with regular foot and the seam is 1/4" from the cord.

Comparing 2 sewn welt cords
Comparing 2 sewn welt cords

Sewing Machine Care

Several years ago a local sewing machine sales and repair store that deals with commercial machines offered a course on sewing machine repair. We took the course and learned how to adjust and repair our own machines. This course has saved us a lot of money over the years.  If you would like to learn how to adjust and maintain your sewing machine, click here for more information.

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