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Posted on: 2/11/06 2:51 AM
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Pleating with a fork is a fast and easy way, to make knife pleats of the same depths without marking the fabric.
1. Step: Slide the fork into the fabric (see picture above). The Number of prongs you have above and under the fabric defines the width of the pleat.
2. Step: Now turn the fork around. The fabric will form a pleat.
3. Step: Carefully pull out the fork and put a pin into the fabric to keep the pleat in place.

Now you can add the second pleat the same way. After turning the fork, you can push the fork in the right place so the pleats will adjoin perfectly. Or you can push in the fork, mark with a pin and then set the next pleat a fork-width apart.

Happy pleating!

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plainjoe81 said... (1/18/10 1:52 PM) Reply
can some please provide a link to the photo?
angelica said... (8/12/07 12:50 PM) Reply
terrific thanks
nicegirl said... (3/1/07 12:23 PM) Reply
Sandrag said... (9/21/06 1:37 AM) Reply
What a great idea! I'm excited about trying it on some of my granddaughter's clothes.
Clynne said... (5/9/06 8:48 AM) Reply
that is awesome. Thanks
KAB said... (4/23/06 1:06 PM) Reply
Superb! Very impressive. Thank you for sharing this technique.
Oie said... (2/16/06 0:07 AM) Reply
What an inventive idea!? Makes me think, "Now why didn't I think of that?" Very cool and bound to save me TONS of time on my mini-skirts. Thanx soooo much!
joyrainbow said... (2/12/06 10:58 AM) Reply
Very cute.
cherry said... (2/12/06 8:14 AM) Reply
I admit I already knew this one - I use it in costuming when a quick ruffle is needed. You can do this as you sew, no need to pin! Either use a zigzg stitch just to anchor the pleats, or sew the pleated edge onto a plain piece of fabric.
Cloud9 said... (2/11/06 11:49 PM) Reply
Dear Saskia, You are brilliant. This tip/technique is a keeper! Thank you!
Mary Stiefer said... (2/11/06 7:55 PM) Reply
What a clever woman. I'm sure we all appreciate this one.
Karla Kizer said... (2/11/06 2:11 PM) Reply
Well, son of a gun. How clever can you get?
Gramma Rosie said... (2/11/06 9:59 AM) Reply
WOW! thanks for the great tip. My "saved tips" folder is getting full. Along with the senior moments I am having a lot of those "duh" ones. Now I just have to remember where the folder is.............. Thanks much.
GorgeousFabrics said... (2/11/06 9:21 AM) Reply
I love this. I saw your illustration of this in your review and thought it was just brilliant. Thanks! -Ann
Mandi Ballard said... (2/11/06 8:48 AM) Reply
that's so great. No more obsessive ruler measurements for me!
vasallese said... (2/11/06 8:26 AM) Reply
Never thought of this. & maybe I'll do some pleats now. Thanks.
Lorna C. Newman said... (2/11/06 7:43 AM) Reply
Veile, Danke! Excellent tip ... I may use it and actually make some pleated curtains now!
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