Sewing Machines

One of the great things about sewing with Janome sewing machines is the endless options these units give you to create truly unique items by using a multitude of accessories and techniques. Pintucking is one such technique that is easy to do with the Janome MC14000 and other similar sewing machines and it creates a professional, finished look. Using a pintuck foot, you can add attractive pintucking to almost any project.

What Is Pintucking?

Pintucks are slightly raised fabric ridges that you can add to clothing and accessories as a decoration or as part of the structure of the item depending on where they are used. It is done using sewing machines with a pintuck presser foot and a twin needle. Pintucking looks best on lighter weight fabrics where the ridges are more pronounced and visible.

How the Pintuck Foot Works

Pintuck feet have rows of grooves on the underside that raise up the fabric as the foot passes over it. The fabric passes under the twin needle with a ridge in the middle. This is secured by stitches on both sides. The stitching makes permanent ridges that add dimension and decoration.

Pintuck feet are available with ridges of different widths and depths that let you create ridges of varying widths and heights. The key to achieving great results with your Janome MC14000 and a pintuck foot is using the proper twin needle and thread tension.

Choosing Needles for Pintucking

For a twin needle to put stitching on both sides of the raised fabric as it passes under the presser foot, it must fit the ridges. Choose your presser foot according to the size of the ridges you want to make.

Once you have a presser foot, choose a twin needle with the shafts spaced wide enough to fit right into two side-by-side grooves in the presser foot. When they are the proper size, these needles create perfect stitches on either side of the ridge.

Adjusting Thread Tension

When using a pintuck foot and twin needle with a Janome sewing machine, it is important to increase thread tension slowly until you get the effect you want with your pintucking. Normally, the use of twin needles calls for reducing thread tension to prevent the undesirable effect of the fabric rising up between them.

When using a pintuck foot, the goal is to raise the fabric up into little rows. Tightening the thread tension while using twin needles helps the presser foot make taller and more noticeable ridges that are held in place by the stitching along either side.

Creating Great Pintucks

Once your machine is set with the pintuck foot and twin needle and you have experimented with the thread tension on a piece of scrap fabric, it is time to make the actual pintucks. If you are making a single pintuck, set your presser foot down with the needles where you want the pintuck and start out with a slow stitching speed.

To make multiple rows of pintucks, simply move your needles back to the starting point and align the ridge you have already sewn. Make sure it is spaced as desired and placed under one of the grooves in the presser foot. Allow the first ridge to become a guide for the next one by following it and keeping it under the groove in the presser foot. By using this method, you can make as many pintucks as you want that are spaced as close or far as you desire to achieve the desired design effect.   

If you are looking for another interesting way to enhance the projects you make on your Janome sewing machines, try pintucking. With a pintuck presser foot and a twin needle, you can use your Janome MC14000 to stitch single ridges, multiple ridges, or even create dimensional patterns. Pintucking is just one more amazing and creative way to get professional looking results from a home sewing machine!

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