Sewing The Lower Edge To Form The Rope Tunnel
Have a good look at the cover and if things look good then you can sew the lower edge that forms the rope tunnel. To do this the first step will be to remove the cording feet from the sewing machine and reinstall the regular presser feet. I fold the flap over on the alignment mark and clamp it with a couple of clamps while I position the material under the presser foot. Align the outer edge of the presser foot with the edge of the material and sew around the bottom of the right boxing, across the front and along the left boxing using the fold mark as a guide to make sure the material is folded over in the correct spot - this will form the tunnel that the pull rope goes in. You may choose to lay the rope in the fold as you sew which is ok and will save you having to pull it through afterwards but I find that it can be cumbersome so I prefer to sew the tunnel first. Where you go around the corners and over the seam joints at the front I would recommend to turn the machine by hand so you can control things and have a better feel of how the needle is feeding through the thick material. Again I will point out that a regular machine may not sew over the seam joins as they may be too thick and if that is the case sew up to the join, backstitch to lock the thread, and move past the join area and begin sewing again - you can sew the missed areas using a sewing awl. Make sure you stay close to the edge as shown where you sew as this will ensure that the tunnel is large enough for the rope to go through. Try and maintain the edge of the presser foot alignment to the edge as you sew especially around the corners and across the front - this will give you a nice straight seam when you are done sewing.
Edited by 29 Chev, January 09, 2016 - 02:51 PM.