How to Create Pintucks with a Pintuck Foot

How to Create Pintucks with a Pintuck Foot

Hey Everyone! This is Sarah with Sewing Parts and today we are going to go over how to use a 5 groove and 7 groove pintuck
foot. I’m going to show you how to install it and how it can add a great decorative look
to your projects. There are numerous kinds of pintuck feet that you can buy. Here we
have a 7 groove. We also have a 7 groove. There are pintuck feet with larger- or with
more or less grooves depending on what kind of machine you have and what brand you’re
working with. So, for demonstration purposes, we are going to go ahead and use the 7 groove.
Now this one is a – oh, if I can hold it – is a simple snap on. So to install it you need
to take off the foot you already had on. And go ahead and put this underneath the shank.
I’ll try to keep my hand out of there as much as possible. And slide it under and clamp
it on. Now, another thing you’ll notice about this is that we are using a double needle.
So, the important thing is to line it up with the center of your presser foot groove. This
one right there. That’s all you really want to do. Really, if you just have it in the
center position, you’ll be good to go. Another part of having a pintuck foot, is the special
bobbin holder top. So, you take off the one you have on. And what’s different about this
one is it has a hole in the front to guide cording, yarn, string, whatever that you want
to sew into the pintuck. This is optional. You don’t have to if you don’t want to. This
is just another way of doing it. So, you take your top. Then, you insert the cord. I’ll
try to keep my hand out of here. Bring it up through the little notch. Insert it back
the way you had it before. And you can pull this back as you sew. And keep pulling it
and it will keep feeding right into the center of the presser foot. Now, if you want to create
the really nice, tailored, detailed pintucks that look like this (you get a lot of height,
a lot definition), then you want to use cording and you want to use the special bobbin cover
plate. So, here is what you need to do; you’ve got your cord, you’ve put it through hole
and thread it through the back. And I found this, by the way, in the home dec section.
It’s like the smallest cord they have. And you just slide your fabric underneath. Make
sure this is kind of staying in the middle and that middle groove. You can line up the
pintuck cords. In my case, I already made these ones. So, I’m just going to follow that
groove. And this gives me the nice precision. It gives me really even intervals between
my pintucks. You see it underneath. Then, here we go. And I don’t have to keep my tension
as high as when I wasn’t using cording. Because the cord is what is really giving you that
definition. And here we go. And really, the trick is to follow this to make sure your
pintucks are lining up in the grooves. You can make them closer together or further,
just depends on what look you are going for. And let’s go ahead and take this out. Don’t
use your side cutter if you have a built in thread cutter. Just clip it off in the back.
Leave that cord tail. And, here we go. Nice, lovely, tailor, structured pintucks. Great
for any project. Very, very fun and easy to do. And lastly, what I want to show you is
the difference between the number of grooves. Right now, I have installed the 5 groove pintuck,
and the lower number of grooves is equal to the fabric weight that you are using. SO,
if I have like a 3 groove or 5 groove, I can use a heavier fabric. Where as if I had a
7 groove or a 9 groove pintuck foot, it’s for much lighter fabrics. So, right now I
have installed my 5 groove and you’ll see how much bigger this one is going to be compared
to the 7 groove, which I’ll do right next to it. You’ll see that this one has quite
a bit more height because it can handle thicker fabrics. This is without cording. You can
see how that has quite a bit of height to it; a lot of definition. Now, when I install
the 7 – oh boy, this is kind of stuck – when I install the 7 groove, you’ll see that it
has less height because I’m using a medium weight fabric. And this is more ideal for
a slightly thinner fabric (for height). So, this is the 7 groove and this is the 5 groove.
So, you can see this one doesn’t have as much height as this one has. This one has more
height because lower number of grooves means that it can handle heavier fabric. Higher
number of grooves; go with a little bit lighter fabric. To purchase your pintuck foot, visit
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19 thoughts on “How to Create Pintucks with a Pintuck Foot

  1. I used a 2.0/80 – If you go to our site and type 705HT in the search box, the needle I used pops up. Love Schmetz needles!

  2. Do you have to use cording? It doesn't look like you did on the second example with the different sized grooves, but I can't get my head around how it works without the cording.

  3. Hello. Thank-you for your tutorial it was very helpful. After watching your video, I went on a search for a cording guide plate cover for my brother. Do you have any info were I could purchase this guide plate? Thank-you, again!

  4. Hi! I have the Singer fashionista s800 and I need ordered the twin needle, but how can I know what size is for her? Thank you so much!!

  5. When I'm not using cording – why are my tucks uneven when I keep the previous one in the groove. I don't understand how that's possible but they are not the same distance apart.

  6. Thank you for the video! Just one more help – if I don't want to use the cording and by using the twin needle and a pin tuck foot – what should be the tension on the machine? I've tried everything but I don't get that grooves and that mountain effect !!

  7. I have a Singer Stylist Touch Model 9985 and can't locate a cording guide plate cover for it. How can I make do without it?
    BTW, I really love your videos!

  8. All of your tutorials are very useful especially when it's been years since I have been sewing. Refreshed my memory.

  9. You are absolutely perfect! The video filming is perfect, the instructions are perfect, your presentation is perfect. Thank you.

  10. That is real good to know πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ’• So, I cannot think of anything beyond the β€œformal crease” in dress pants to use this Pintuck stitch for. Ideas??

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