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Trims, Tassels & Cording

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Before the Industrial Revolution, all trim was made and applied by hand, thus making heavily trimmed furnishings and garments expensive and high status. Eventually machine-woven trims and sewing machines put these specialized trimmings within reach of modest dressmakers and home seamstresses. As a predictable reaction, high fashion came to emphasize exquisiteness of cut and construction over denseness of trimming. The result, by the 1930’s, applied trim lost its value and became a signifier of mass-produced clothing. It wasn’t until the 1980’s and 1990’s that home decorating saw a fashion for dense, elaborately layered trimmings, upholstered furniture, and drapery.

Today, though most trimmings are commercially manufactured, the creative appeal that they offer have made trims, tassels and cording highly sought after for unique one-of-a-kind creations.



Usually when we undertake a fabric project, what most preoccupies us is selecting the right fabric. Although often overlooked, the trim tassels and cording we use can be just as important to the success of our fabric ideas as the right spice can increase the enjoyment of a meal.

The trims and tassels you will see in this section are designed to add that irresistible je ne sais quoi to your home décor. For instance, the lipped cording is ideal for valances, as the lip can be stapled or sewn in. Our fringes are perfect for use with swags. Our gimps, fringes, and tassels can also be used for period costumes. They add a wonderfully ornate presence to the garments, lending them an authentic air. Our designer trims are wonderful for costumes from many eras ranging from Renaissance to Victorian.These decorative items can also be used to dress up upholstery. Our decorator trims can be used with upholstery fabric to hide seams, nail, upholstery tacks and staples.

Let J&O’s trims, tassels, and cording add just the right seasoning to your fabric projects today.



The safest route for cleaning your trims, tassels and cording is to soak them in a cleaning solution designed for upholstery fabric. A good dirt removing agent would work as well. Cold water rinse and hang dry for best results.

For heavier trims and cording, placing them in the gentle wash cycle and then in the dryer for a little will have your embellishments looking as good as new.

When cleaning dirt and stains off of your tassels, brush over the trim lightly with the extended nozzle of your vacuum. For heavier removal, either soak in cleaning detergent or dry clean for best results



Before storing your trims, tassels and cording for an extended period of time, it is important to have them properly laundered to prevent dust, soil and stains from attracting critters. Furthermore, avoid storing your trims, tassels and cording in attics or basements; these environments tend to be vulnerable to mold, mildew, insects and other threats. The best location in your home for storing these embellishments is a cool, dry room. If using a closet, make sure there is sufficient air circulation to prevent mold growth. Always store your trims out of direct sunlight.

Your trims, tassels and cording can be stored in bags of linen, cotton or muslin. Tightly sealed plastic bags are fine too. Do NOT use cardboard boxes for storage.


*The above information is intended to aid our customers in their decorating projects. These suggestions are based on manufacturer’s recommendations and customer insights. The above statements are not intended to be understood as unequivocal or applicable to every circumstance. Therefore, J&O Fabrics is not responsible for the results of the implementation of these cleaning methods.

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