Pintucks are so easy to make and add great embellishments to garments. There are several ways to make pin tucks.
Here, we’ll show you a few different methods in this article: How to use a pin tuck presser foot and a twin needle, how to make curvy pin tucks and how to make pin tucks with a folded edge.
Here is how you do pin tucks:
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What is a pin tuck?
A pin tuck is a small fold of fabric that is stitched either by hand or by machine. It is primarily used for decorative purposes. Pin tucks add texture and design to fabric. Most commonly used in garment sewing, pin tucks are also used in home decorator projects and textile art.
What are pin tucks used for?
Pin tucks are primarily used as embellishments on fabric, creating texture. The small pleats are sewn by hand or machine. Use matching or contrasting thread color for different looks. The tucks create small ridges on the fabric.
What is the difference between a pleat and a tuck?
A pin tuck is a very small pleat that is sewn the length of the tuck. Generally a pin tuck is 1-2 mm wide. With a pin tuck, the small pleat is sewn and secured for the entire length of the pleat.
A pleat is a larger tuck that is generally sewn only partway down so that the fabric is fitted where the plate is sewn and then can flow.
How can I incorporate pintucks in a garment?
In a creative clothing class I took, we were given a challenge to make a garment with texture. I decided it was time to try that little foot for my Bernina that makes pin tucks to attempt some curvy pin tucks! (If you have a Bernina, feet #30, 31, 32, 33 all make pin tucks.)
I started by making a bigger piece of fabric with lots of curvy pin tucks in a very light weight woven wool, perfect for a light weight jacket on cooler days. To make the pin tuck piece of fabric, just put the pin tuck foot on your machine according to the directions of your sewing machine manufacturer. Replace your needle with a twin needle (sometimes referred to as a double needle) and start stitching slightly curvy lines. If you try to make too big of a curve, you’ll get pleats in the pin tuck, so make the curves gentle.
Here is the finished jacket with curvy pintuck fabric inserts.
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