Pintucks are series of little tucks or folds in a fabric. They are usually placed at regular intervals, which creates a uniform look; however, the can be placed in any pattern you wish. Pintucks are a great way to add a decorative element to any garment, such as drapery, the hem of a dress, the waist of a skirt, or the front of a shirt, and they can be applied to any type of sewing fabric, such as linen, denim and chambray, flannel, lace, and even suede.
- A fine-tip fabric marker or chalk
- A marking tool
- If your sewing machine doesn’t have a seam guide foot, add a ¼ inch presser foot. Either foot will make it easier to sew a straight line for your pintuck, as they feature a guide that runs along the edge of the fabric as you’re sewing.
Decide how many pintucks you want to create and where you want them to start.
Mark lines for the pintucks in your fabric with the fabric marker or chalk. Make the lines on the correct side of the material. Alternatively, you could make a long basting stitch to mark the pintuck lines, which will be removed when the stitches are completed. We recommend this technique if you are working with a delicate material that you don’t want to mark with chalk or marker.
Step 3 (optional)
To increase accuracy, you can use an iron to press a crease into each of your lines. This is optional and it isn’t usually done; however, it can make things easier, especially if you are new to pintucking.
Fold the material along the first pintuck mark so that the wrong sides are together. Place the fold under the presser foot.
Start stitching. As you are sewing, the bobbin thread will pull the stitched rows together, creating a pintuck in the middle of the groove.
Continue stitching the rest of your pintucks. Line each tuck within the groove of the presser foot and sew each additional tuck the same way that you sewed the first one. The foot will use the initial pintuck as a guide, creating parallel tucks in your fabric. Gently pull up the ends of the tucks to raise them prior to pressing them.
Once you’ve finished stitching your pintucks, use an iron to press them down to one side.
Wrapping It Up
Pintucks can add a touch of interest to any garment and any material. Using these simple steps, you can take any item you’re sewing to the next level and give it a professional look with pintucks.