No good news I am afraid. I started the piping with the metallic silver fabric and boy did that give me problems. 3 broken needles and only about half a metre of 5 metres done. Sandra Betzina suggests using jeans needle size 70/10. So off to Lincraft today to get some of those. I was using small sharps. They sewed well, no pulled threads, but they broke. Must be when they actually hit a thread rather than slip between. I then tried jeans 90/14 (the only jeans ones I have on hand) and they gathered the fabric. Apparently the jeans needles are stronger in the shank.
I am not feeling too good about this...........maybe I will try the skirt instead.