I've been working on the piping for my jacket. I covered rat-tail cord with red satin. To keep the bias satin strips and slippery cord from going wonky on me, I hand-basted every step. It takes some time, but that's fine. I'm almost finished binding two pockets, one CF and collar sections.
There are several outside corners to apply cording. I need to be able to see up close and personal at the corners when I machine sew the binding. I must get a pair of magnifying headgear that's recently been talked about among some blogs. I do have a lamp with a magnifier. And, I have this really great attachment for my sewing machine.
The magnifier is specific to this Bernina machine. It has saved me pulling my hair out many times. Love it!
Sometimes, we need to see the bigger picture!