Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pintuck Feet

I admit it--I have a foot fetish!  I LOVE sewing machine feet, and own most of them for several machines!  For those of you who are not familiar with pintuck feet, here's a little information about them.

Some machine brands have several pintuck feet from which to choose.  My Berninas have four different pintuck feet:  3 groove, 5 groove, 7 groove and 9 groove.   The grooves serve a couple of purposes.   After making one pintuck,  that pintuck  can be laid in one of the grooves of the foot, while stitching another, making perfectly spaced tucks.  Or, cording can be inserted under the grooves to make a corded pintuck.  Here you can see the feet, and the difference in them.


The 9 groove would be suitable for a very lightweight fabric, as opposed to the 3 groove, which is more appropriate for a heavy material. 

With these feet, choose a twin needle--2.0 (width between the needles) for a 9 groove foot, and 4.0 for the 3 groove foot, and of course,  numbers in between  for the others.  Thread the twin needles, increase the top tension and--sew.  That's all there is to it!  The tucks will form on the top of the fabric with straight stitches, while the bobbin does a zig-zag, pulling the fabric together on the back, forming the pintucks. 

Here's the front of my tucked fabric, and the back, showing how the fabric has been pulled together.




The bib is finished, and neckband is on.   More tomorrow.

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Mz.Choize said...

Great post! I've always wanted to know how to use them, I have a pair I've had for many years but never used. Thanks so much, your tucks are so neat!

Linda said...

Nice selection of pintuck feet. I too have purchased quite a few feet for my Designer SE

Sheila said...

Thanks for the info on the various pintuck feet and using a twin needle. I have a pintuck foot and seriously had no idea how to use it.

Fran said...

Beautiful pintucks Gwen! I love pressure feet as well!

BeeBee said...

I'm a bit of a foot fanatic, myself. Nice pintucks - that's something I still haven't mastered.

Lori said...

I am with you, I like sewing machine feet. Your bib looks great, can't wait to see the shirt.

Carol said...

I love the idea of these pintucks, but I'm not sure I would ever have the patience to do it myself. Your blouse is going to be lovely.

Cindy said...

Gorgeous! I need to get better acquainted with different presser feet. The garments look so much better when using the fancy feet!

BTW, since you are a Bernina Queen. I have been back and forth on buying a Bernina. Would love an opinion-- would you buy a new Activa 220 or 240 (which is being discontinued soon) or for lesser $$ get a 20/30 year 931 which has been very well cared for??? Let me know!! I appreciate your thoughts!

yoshimi said...

Thank you for sharing the info. I'm getting very interested in those pintuck feet by this post, because your pintucks look so beautiful!

Toocutedobs said...

My Bernina has a bunch of those pintuck feet and I have a blouse pattern that calls for pintucks. Now all I need is courage.

Elaray said...

I had a pintuck foot when I owned an Elna, but I don't have one yet for my Bernina. Now, I waiting for the next foot sale.

Bunny said...

Great info, Gwen. Thanks. I love my pintuck feet too and use them quite a bit. Some use them for invisible zips but I haven't tried that.

The color of this blouse is gorgeous.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Cool, thanks for the info! I bought a pintuck foot a while ago, but then changed my mind and returned it. I wonder if I can use my corded zipper foot as a bootleg substitute....

j.kaori said...

Thank you for the information! I've never used a pintuck foot but now I want to try it!

Rose said...

I collect sewing machine feet along with my fabrics and patterns. I believe that I only have 3 pintuck feet for my Bernina. I'll have to go count and rectify that if I'm missing one! I haven't used them for a long time. You are encouraging me to get them working!! Your bib looks great.

vernonfashionstudio said...

Thank you! I have never tried pintucks but they are beautiful!

Linda T

Sheila said...

I just may tipsy on over to SK for a wrist pin cushion. I am always removing pins as I sew and end up with a bunch of pins haphazardly at the edge of the sewing table then having to scoop them into my palm and return them to the pin cushion on the otherside of the room.

Your tunic is coming along nicely.. I really like the bib details.

cailyn said...

great info. i'm looking to order pintuck feet and this will help me use them when they arrive :o)

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