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"Cotton Filler Cord" or flexible tube

sewingj

"Cotton Filler Cord" or flexible tube
« on: April 14, 2017, 11:41:52 AM »
Help Please!

I`m going to make a bag (Kwik Sew 142) which has piped handles.  The pattern calls for 1/2 inch cotton filler cord - which I can`t find.  Lisa Lam (U-handbag) uses flexible plastic tubing which seems a bit expensive to me.  I`d have to buy 2 meters and even ordinary plastic tubing on ebay is going to be more than £5

Any ideas?

Efemera

Re: "Cotton Filler Cord" or flexible tube
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2017, 12:40:38 PM »
Piping cord any good?

sewingj

Re: "Cotton Filler Cord" or flexible tube
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2017, 12:52:45 PM »
I thought piping cord would be ok but I can`t find any that thick (1/2 inch) in the uk - unless I want to buy miles of it

Catllar

Re: "Cotton Filler Cord" or flexible tube
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2017, 13:19:38 PM »
How much do you need? I might be able to help  - I use it for weighting down the hems of bata de cola skirts - I'll go see if I've got any left.

ETA: Sorry, my mistake - I've got 1/2 centimetre not 1/2"  But have you considered trying your local friendly DIY merchant? That's where I get a lot of my cord from and it's where I got my last lot of bag piping cord from - polyethylene rope comes in all seizes and colours!
« Last Edit: April 14, 2017, 13:26:03 PM by Catllar »
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DementedFairy

Re: "Cotton Filler Cord" or flexible tube
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2017, 14:29:03 PM »
Tightly rolled 'sausages' of scrap knit fabric?  If you pull on the end of strips it rolls obligingly...
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Efemera

Re: "Cotton Filler Cord" or flexible tube
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2017, 15:37:24 PM »
Old fashioned washing line or sash cord that they use for windows... both from a hardware shop

sewingj

Re: "Cotton Filler Cord" or flexible tube
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2017, 17:33:30 PM »
Excellent ideas - I might be able to steal a bit off mother-in-law`s polypropylene washing line (she`ll never notice).  I wonder if it might feel a bit "bumpy" in the hand but it`s certainly worth experimenting with

Efemera


Catllar

Re: "Cotton Filler Cord" or flexible tube
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2017, 19:48:27 PM »
Snot half inch though is it?? Or is it?? :S
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Efemera

Re: "Cotton Filler Cord" or flexible tube
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2017, 21:38:39 PM »
Snot half inch though is it?? Or is it?? :S

If you mean the sash cord.. its not far off..

sewingj

Re: "Cotton Filler Cord" or flexible tube
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2017, 10:12:26 AM »
I`ve now found some much cheaper plastic pipe on Ebay - sold for aquariums etc - so I have sent for a couple of metres - will let you know how I get on

Many thanks for all of your help

Catllar

Re: "Cotton Filler Cord" or flexible tube
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2017, 18:18:54 PM »
If you mean the sash cord.. its not far off..

That's useful to know as it's more flexible than the polypropylene cord!
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sewingj

Re: "Cotton Filler Cord" or flexible tube
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2017, 08:10:18 AM »
As an update - I used the flexible plastic tube and it was a blooming nightmare - very difficult to put in place - I won`t be using that again.

On the other hand - in another post, HollyBerry recommended using headliner scrim as a stabiliser and that was great - very easy to work with and cheap!  I`m now going round the house looking for things to do with it.  I bought some cake forks from Ebay as a birthday present - very pretty forks but tatty box so I am using the scrim plus a bit of silk and some textile glue to reline it.

Vegegrow

Re: "Cotton Filler Cord" or flexible tube
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2017, 08:50:06 AM »
As an update - I used the flexible plastic tube and it was a blooming nightmare - very difficult to put in place - I won`t be using that again.

On the other hand - in another post, HollyBerry recommended using headliner scrim as a stabiliser and that was great - very easy to work with and cheap!  I`m now going round the house looking for things to do with it.  I bought some cake forks from Ebay as a birthday present - very pretty forks but tatty box so I am using the scrim plus a bit of silk and some textile glue to reline it.


Headliner scrim seems to be available in different thicknesses.... what did you buy please?
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sewingj

Re: "Cotton Filler Cord" or flexible tube
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2017, 09:14:47 AM »
this what I bought - 3mm

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/172000821135?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

it was fine for a bag - I think anything else might not be flexible enough when you are having to turn it inside out etc