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Tips & Techniques > Easy Pintucks, No Line Marks or Pins

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Posted on: 3/28/14 1:02 AM
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When making pintucks that go from seam to seam, or top to bottom, there is no need to draw lines on the right side of your fabric. Make small marks at each end of the fabric with chalk, a marking pen, or small scissor snips. Start at the innermost tuck and fold the fabric between your marks. Use a sewing gauge to measure along the length of your tuck to make sure it's even. I like to use a few straight pins right into the ironing board pad here and there, and remove them as I press with the steam iron.

Press in your first tuck (innermost tuck) and continue with the tuck right above it. Be careful to press just the edge of the tuck so you don't "unpress" your previous tuck. When all the tucks are pressed you don't even need to pin them for sewing unless you have a stubborn fabric that will not hold the creases well.

When you get to the machine, use a stitch in the ditch foot, edgestitching foot, or even blind hem foot, to stitch 1/8" away from your folds. Again, start at the innermost tuck and work outward.

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charliegirl127 said...
Much easier method. Thank you for the tip and the pictures. The clapper just holds in the heat to set the press?
3/29/14 9:12 AM
ASiverson said...
I am making my first foray into pin tucks this weekend, and this is super-helpful. Thank you very much!
3/29/14 11:29 AM
SewLibra said...
Charliegirl127, yes, a clapper will absorb some of the moisture from the steam and set the press. I haven't had my very long, and it's kind of a lightweight one, but I'm really glad I bought it. It came with a contraption with different points and curves too, to use with collars and such.
3/29/14 8:05 PM
Laurie Lou said...
Very helpful! Thanks.
3/31/14 3:33 PM
Mufffet said...
Excellent tip! Very helpful. Makes such good sense. Thanks for sharing.
4/3/14 5:02 PM
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