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Topic: Pintuck woes... my machine or my error?  (Read 1196 times)
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« on: July 06, 2011 11:40:38 PM »

Hi everyone!  I wasn't sure if I should post this here or in the sewing machine section as I may very well be in the market for a new or additional machine if this problem can't be solved.

I have pintuck feet for my Janome but I can never get it to actually make pintucks. No matter how thin the fabric, how tight the tension, and how many different needle/thread/fabric/length/etc variations I try, I always end up with just lines and lines of parallel stitching. Not cool Sad. I've been told that pintuck feet don't actually make pintucks (if so, why call them pintuck feet?! and why would people buy them?) and that they are a waste.

However, there are multiple blogs and videos on youtube showing the foot in working action! And scrolling through blogs today I found this entry showing someone using her pintuck foot and the results:

Almost all of my designs have rows and rows of itty, bitty pintucks much like the ones in the link above and I'm super tired of doing them by hand.  It would be much easier accomplished if I could get the pintuck foot to work. Or, at the very least, confirmation/denial on whether pintuck feet actually make pintucks!! Heck, at this point I'm willing to break down and buy a new machine if I have to!  I have a Janome MC5200 (well, the MO200 which is the same thing with a different cover).  If anyone could offer suggestions for the cheapest, pintuck-guaranteed machine I'd also happily listen.


« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2011 09:32:39 AM »

I bought a third party pintuck foot for my machine, and these are the instructions from the seller/manufacturer:


I never  had much luck to be honest, but maybe this can help you somehow. If I got one straight one the next one would be wonky.
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2011 08:43:58 AM »

I've never used a pintuck foot, for doing pintucks.

All I do is mark my fabric where I want them to sit, and then fold my fabric at this point. I use my zipper foot, so that I can see the edge of my fabric (or you could use an open-toe foot, but I don't have one) and then I sew a straight line alongside the fold. The distance from the fold depends on the size of the pintuck I want. I then fold along the next line and repeat the process until all the tintucks are complete and then iron/press them all in the direction required.

A cool thing I have seen using pintucks is to sew a straight line from left to right over the pintucks and then sew from right to left over the pintucks, so that alternatively the pintucks lay in opposite directions leaving a waves type pattern. Looks cool on cusion covers!

I hope this technique can help you produce your pintucks. Sorry I couldn't help with the foot.
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2011 02:56:43 PM »

Check this link out:  http://books.google.com/books?id=ft_qCrwc_BYC&pg=PA68&lpg=PA68&dq=ahles+pintucks&source=bl&ots=yoBvAgGwWK&sig=C0JCvBCsiOR7IUTZnsYjpKvp6nE&hl=en&ei=Q_NjTsGxGMvAgQfIpoSkCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCQQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

It is for the chapter on Twin Needle stitching (pintucks) in Carol Ahles' Fine Machine Sewing, on of my sewing "Bibles".

And, stupid question, are you using a twin needle?  Can't do pintucks with a pintuck foot without a twin needle.

« Last Edit: September 04, 2011 02:59:49 PM by sewnutzz » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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